When the temperatures start to dip, there is nothing I enjoy more than the smell of burning wood and the taste of hearty comfort food. The scent of charred wood drifting through the crisp, cold air helps me forget about my already-frozen toes. Which is why I love walking into a barbeque restaurant. There is nothing better than coming in from the cold and being welcomed by a wall of warmth and subtle smoke. It feels as though I’ve been greeted by a friend and wrapped in a warm blanket. If you are looking for the same warm and cozy feeling, warm your bones with these local BBQ joints.
Biscuits and Barbeque
Don’t let the location of this little barbeque spot fool you! Hidden off the beaten path in an industrial part of town, you’ll find authentic Louisiana Southern BBQ being served in a converted trailer. This small, but mighty barbeque gem smokes all of its meat and ribs right in-house. Favorites include the BBQ Pulled Pork, Dixie Mac & Cheese, and Delta Fried Pickles. Enjoy with a tall glass of Southern Sweet Tea. Please note this establishment accepts cash only.
106 E 2nd St, Mineola, Monday – Friday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM.
If you are looking for slow smoked BBQ, look no further than this BBQ joint. Smokin’ Al has spent years developing his original sauces and spices to compliment his perfectly smoked meats. Known for its generous portion sizes, you’ll want to arrive famished if you plan to finish your meal. My personal favorites include the Hush Puppies and Pulled Chicken with Coleslaw and Baked Beans.
4847 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park, Monday – Thursday 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM, Friday & Saturday 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM.
Maple Tree BBQ
This little smokehouse is a local treasure for the town of Riverhead. Newly renovated, the menu offers a wide selection of responsibly sourced meats and fish that are prepared with fresh local market ingredients. Alongside the traditional barbeque fare, the Smoked Tacos, and Smoked NE Clam Chowder immediately caught my eye. I can’t wait to stop by the next time I’m in town.
820 West Main Street, Riverhead, Tuesday – Thursday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Friday and Saturday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sunday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
After a trip to Tennessee, Chef Eric Rifkin was inspired to open his Memphis style barbeque restaurant. Named after his daughter Bobbi, Bobbique uses a slow cooking technique that results in BBQ perfection. Their Southern Pride Pit can hold up to 700 pounds of meat at a time. Now that’s a lot of meat! Bobbique fans love the tender ribs, smoked chicken, and collard greens.
70 West Main Street, Patchogue, Monday – Wednesday 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM, Thursday 11:30 AM – 1:00 AM, Friday 11:30 AM – 4:00 AM, Saturday 1:00 PM – 4:00 AM, Sunday 1:00 PM – 12:00 AM.
Old Fields Barbeque
If you are looking for a more traditional barbeque dining experience, you must make your way to Old Fields. Orders are placed at the counter, allowing you to choose your meat portion size and customize your meal to your liking. There is a full bar stocked with a variety of craft beer and specialty cocktails. After you pile your tray high with your choice of smoked meats, find a table and dig in!
15 New Street, Huntington, Monday – Friday 4:00 – 10:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM.