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John Brown Smokehouse: 5 Best Kinds of 'Cue

John Brown Smokehouse: 5 Best Kinds of 'Cue

Located in a working-class corner of Long Island City, John Brown Smokehouse has only been open since August 2011, but has quickly risen to be one of the city's best barbecues.

John Brown Smokehouse is a quirky sort of barbecue joint, like Fette Sau prone to smoke a strange collection of meats. Which is fine, because several of them achieve greatness. The place is the subject of a longer Counter Culture review in the Voice this week, but here is a more concise look at the best the place has to offer, in reverse order of preference.

John Brown Smokehouse: 5 Best Kinds of 'Cue

5. The chicken is miraculously moist and smoky, with the crusted skin less rubbery than that of most smoked chickens.

John Brown Smokehouse: 5 Best Kinds of 'Cue

4. The pulled pork is better than what you'll find at 90 percent of the barbecues in North Carolina.

John Brown Smokehouse: 5 Best Kinds of 'Cue

3. The turkey is as smooth and tender as the face of a cherub.

John Brown Smokehouse: 5 Best Kinds of 'Cue

2. The lamb sausage is an instant Queens barbecue classic.

 

John Brown Smokehouse: 5 Best Kinds of 'Cue

1. But nothing beats the authentic Kansas City-style burnt brisket ends.

John Brown Smokehouse 25-08 37th Avenue Long Island City, Queens 718-361-0085

Read the entire review here.

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