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Good is New York City: Five Finger Licking Good New York BBQ Joints

Blue Smoke: As the name would suggest, the “Q” at this restaurant comes straight from the smoker to your table. Gorge on their amazing St. Louis-style ribs, salt-and-pepper beef ribs, baby-back ribs and perfect pulled pork. This laid-back locale is offers high ceilings, red leather booths and exposed brick walls. Wash down all this barbecued goodness with a microbrew or signature cocktails. Live music can be enjoyed by heading downstairs to Jazz Standards. 116 East 27th Street

Fette Sau: Easily one of the most delicious destinations you will come across when visiting my borough. You can smell the smoky red & white oak goodness before you even enter this Williamsburg eatery. Dry rub is applied to all meats and the owners highly suggest skipping the sauce. The menu changes often since Fette Sau uses locally raised animals and organic ingredients. Make sure your order comes with a side of Guss’ pickles and either a gallon of craft beer or something from what they consider the best American whisky list in New York City. 354 Metropolitan Avenue

Daisy May’s BBQ: Named Big Apple’s best BBQ by Zagat Survey between 2005 and 2008, this Hell’s Kitchen cookery supplies jaded Noo Yawkas with such succulent items as Memphis dry rub pork ribs, Tennessee Whiskey beer can style half chicken and beef brisket. Really hungry? Check out their “Big Pig Gig Menu” which includes half pig, whole pig and whole pork butt. 623 Eleventh Avenue

Hill Country: This Texas themed restaurant was modeled to replicate the old barbecue markets of central Texas. The main event in Texas BBQ is usually beef, so make sure you try the beef ribs, beef shoulder and brisket. But don’t worry; Hill Country also has a great variety of pork and chicken dishes to satisfy all your carnivorous cravings. Pair whatever you order with an ice cold Lone Star beer. 30 West 26th Street

Jake’s Bar B Que Restaurant: In the shadows of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and on the edge of Brooklyn’s Red Hook and Carroll Gardens neighborhood is a kick ass Kansas City style restaurant worth checking out. Expect huge portions when ordering up such indulgent items as Jake’s BBQ masterpiece which includes one whole chicken, one-half slab of baby back ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, beef brisket, three grilled sausages and a side of cornbread or biscuits with plenty of sauce. That order is of course for more than one person, but I will not judge if you want it all for yourself. 189 Columbia Street

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