The warmer weather conjures up memories of spicy pork ribs, corn on the cob and friends at backyard barbecues. May is National Barbecue Month and there is no reason why you can’t satisfy that BBQ craving while you’re away. Each of these AMA conference cities offers BBQ venues sure to delight your appetite!
Hometown Bar-B-Que in Brooklyn, New York specializes in Southern-style pit-smoked ribs and meat. The restaurant is a newer addition to the New York BBQ scene but has quickly gained a reputation as one of the best in the state. They take no reservations but the fall-off-the-bone wood-smoked meat is worth the wait. Visit Hometown Bar-B-Que at 454 Van Brunt Street.
Heirloom Market BBQ in Atlanta may be small but it’s all about flavor. Texas-born chef, Cody, and Korean-born chef, Jiyeon, blend the best of both cuisines without compromising true barbecue integrity. Delicious traditional brisket and pulled pork are always on the menu but the advantageous can sample Jiyeon’s popular spicy Korean chicken, pork, sauce and side dishes. Heirloom Market BBQ is located at 2243 Akers Mill Road. www.heirloommarketbbq.com
Memphis Minnie’s BBQ Joint in San Francisco is everything that a BBQ venue should be. They major in classic slow cooked traditional Southern-style barbecue and the usual sides. All their sauces are crafted by hand and they only use whole oak logs for smoking. The result is meat so tender and flavorful it almost melts in your mouth. If you crave authentic, Memphis Minnie’s BBQ Joint at 576 Haight Street is the place to go.
Smoke & Barrel in Washington DC has a casual rustic environment and some really hot sauces. Executive Chef, Logan McGear, likes to be creative with his barbecue offerings. No one complains because the meat is outstanding and flavorful. There are even vegan options on the menu. Smoke & Barrel also specializes in craft beers and international whiskeys. How can you go wrong? You can find them at 2471 18th Street, N.W.
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