Confession: I'm a pescatarian, but I've got the skinny from my Brooklyn meat lover friends and they have provided me with a list of their local favorite BBQ restaurants. This insider scoop on the great BBQ joints, can also double as a vegetarian guide to eating BBQ in Brooklyn, because I've noted each restaurant's best veggie option. Of course, for obvious reasons most vegetarians shy away from BBQ joints with the exception of the popular Brooklyn Monk's Vegan Smokehouse, which sets up shop at the Smorgasburg and also has a bimonthly pop up location. However, if you make the ultimate sacrifice for your carnivore friends and dine at one of these trendy Brooklyn BBQ restaurants, I've got your covered. Although I will also confess, that some are more veggie friendly than others, and you might be cobbling together a dinner of side dishes. But all are atmospheric and have great brews and/or drinks, so consider possibly just accompanying them for a drink afterward. But back to the meat lovers, these ten spots are handpicked by self-declared foodies. Enjoy a night out dining at one of these fantastic BBQ spots around Brooklyn. From a Bar-B-Que Hall in Red Hook to Korean BBQ in Gowanus, here's ten spots to dine on BBQ in Brooklyn.
And carnivores, don't forget to use those handy wipes after your meal!
Recently awarded the title "Rib King of New York" this Gowanus Barbecue joint is a "small scale barbecue restaurant smoking our fare over maple and red oak." This casual beloved Brooklyn spot supports local farms by using meat from farm cooperatives. Fletcher's churns out fresh and tasty barbecue with meat that isn't chuck full of antibiotics, hormones, and other additives. Order at the counter, sit at a large wooden table, and enjoy your eats. Don't forget to top it with their barbecue sauce. Meat lovers, this one of the top spots for serious barbecue lovers. Be prepared for a wait, the place gets crowded.
Vegetarians: You don't have too many options, fill up on mac n cheese, collard greens and pickles, or save your calories for Fletcher's tasty banana pudding.
This enormous atmospheric barbecue restaurant in Red Hook seems like it's straight from Texas. Order a half pound of brisket, pulled pork, lamb belly, turkey, or a pound of beef ribs. The menu is brimming with BBQ favorites including vietnamese hot wings, pulled pork sandwiches and spare ribs. Hometown has "authentic, pit-smoked meats prepared with the classic Southern technique" and also an incredible menu of drinks including local drafts and wines.
Vegetarians: The minute I entered this festive restaurant I felt transported from Brooklyn into a place where I was fairly certain someone was going to start line dancing, even though I had a chat with the bartender about indie music. That said, the menu is limited to you dining on sides. The good news is the sides come in small, medium and large, so you can gorge yourself on backyard potato salad and whiskey pickles. I'd stay for the drinks and the atmosphere, but wouldn't come hungry.
Pig Beach is a seasonal BBQ restaurant and bar housed in the same location as one-time summer local favorite, Swan Dive. Order smoked baby back ribs or pork shoulder at this casual outdoor restaurant and bar housed on a waterfront lot next to the Gowanus. Play corn hole and then dine on a pulled pork sandwich and quench your thirst with a brew or a mixed drink. You have to get there soon, since this place shutters when the weather gets cold.
Vegetarians: This is the spot for you. The menu has a Where's the Meat Burger?!, a chickpea and quinoa patty for eight bucks. If that won't fill you up, order the house made pickles or purple coleslaw. If you have a sweet tooth, don't forget to order the Buckeye, a peanut butter chocolate ball that is apparently an Ohio favorite.
For over five years, Mable's Smokehouse and Banquet hall has been serving up Southern barbecue in the heart of hipster Williamsburg. Dine on a frito pie at this festive neighborhood favorite, which is a great drinking and dining destination. Meat lovers will salivate over their pulled pork platter. If you don't have a vegetarian in tow, you should consider ordering Family style.
Vegetarians: I'll admit the atmosphere alone, won me over. Even If I could only drink beer and eat a side of mac n cheese, I would have been happy. But that wasn't the case at Mable's. This is one of the best places for veggies. The options are plentiful. Order the Veggie Sloppy Joe, which will make you feel as if you're one of the gang as you dine alongside your meat eating friends. The menu also notes which foods are actually veggie. Besides ordering mixed greens, other veggie treats include beans, pickled beets, and many other tasty eats. If you wind up at Mabel's for brunch, you can order the veggie friendly Huevos Rancheros.
When this upstate BBQ restaurant opened an outpost in Brooklyn, it made foodie news. Dinosaur BBQ located on the Gowanus/Park Slope border packs in a crowd and is a favorite among BBQ lovers. The menu includes Bar-B-Que pit plates which come with pork ribs, two sides and cornbread. Basically you won't leave hungry. The extensive menu includes sandwiches, burgers, and other divine eats.
Vegetarians: You might have the best selection here. Yes, you can feed yourself with the sides. But at Dinosaur you have much better options. Order the BBQ Vegetarian Burger made with smoked cremini mushrooms, quinoa, chickpeas or order the Smoked Veggie Melt with an assortment of veggies covered in cheese. If you've got your brood along with you, they also have a great kid's menu.
You don’t have to travel to Texas for some tasty BBQ. Hill Country BBQ will satisfy even the pickiest BBQ lover. The restaurant also doubles as a live music venue. The atmospheric downtown Brooklyn restaurant occupies a rather large space, yet has a small menu. The menu is filled with worthwhile and well cooked BBQ. Dine on classics including brisket and prime meat.
Vegetarians: Don't worry, you won't be stuck eating the complimentary crackers that accompany your meat eating friend's meal. Although you will be dining from the ubiquitous side section, they do have tasty mac n cheese, and a good dessert menu. Have a brew, some beans and save your appetite for mason blackout or banana pudding.
There are two reasons to go to Insa. The number one reason is for the stellar Korean BBQ. The other is to grab a few friends and book a room at the karaoke bar at this Korean BBQ restaurant in the Gowanus. If you're shy, you can loosen up with an Insa Mai Tai. After a drink you can peruse their songbook and belt out a tune. As you sing, order Korean BBQ. Feast on Yangnyum Galbi, Chadolbaegi and other BBQ as you sing a Mariah Carey classic.
Vegetarians: You've hit the jackpot at Insa with a plethora of veggie options including Bibimbap, Dolsot Bibimbap, Japchae and other veggie dishes. You'll definitely have enough energy to sing all night long.
If you're heading to a game or an event at Barclays Center, you should fill up on BBQ at Morgan's Barbecue on Flatbush Avenue. Order Texas style BBQ, and enjoy a frito pie, a pulled pork sandwich, pork ribs and other classics. Sit outside in the warmer weather as you devour the tastiest grub at Morgan's.
Vegetarians: You will be pleased with the menu, which would even satisfy a vegan. They have an extensive mac n cheese menu, which includes vegan mac n cheese. Or veggies have the option of eating a salad, baked potato and a slew of slides. If you're a fish eater like me, they also have catfish tacos.
Make a reservation for a meal at BrisketTown a Williamsburg favorite run by Delaney Barbecue that serves Central Texas BBQ Classics. The menu is very small and served family style. Folks rave about this cozy restaurant's brisket, pork ribs, turkey, and other meats.
Vegetarians: Since the food is meant be served family style, you will be the odd man out. That said, you can dine on wedge salad, mac & cheese, tasty beans and collard beans, and watch as your meat eating friends have the meal of their life.
If you're a Williamsburg foodie, you've probably been involved in a debate if Fette Sau or Mable's is the best barbecue in the hood. Well, it's up to you to decide. Fette Sau, housed in a former garage is another neighborhood favorite. The name, which translates to fat pig, has a limited menu of barbecue made with antibiotic and hormone free meat, but the classics are all there including ribs, pork belly, etc. served on a metal tray. Despite being open for almost a decade, the restaurant still packs quite a crowd, get there early.
Vegetarians: The menu is limited. You can order Cora's Broccoli Salad, Dantes Potato Salad, pickles, and other sides. But you might be happy sticking to their selection of local beers or a cocktail like the Staten Island, which has Applejack, Hard Cider, Squeeze of Lemon.