John Brown Smokehouse Moving, To Feature Beer Garden & Live Music


Pitmaster and owner Josh Bowen (right) reports that the barbecue will be moving soon.

John Brown Smokehouse, one of the city’s best barbecues, will be closing this coming Saturday, June 30, and relocating from its current Long Island City storefront, reports pitmaster Josh Bowen in a letter to Fork in the Road.

Seating about 30 at trestle tables, the current location on 37th Avenue proved too small, and the new place, according to Bowen, will have “a 70-plus-seat restaurant with a beer garden and live music.”

Named after the civil rights hero, John Brown specializes in long-smoked brisket (of which the charred edges, sold separately, are particularly spectacular), pork ribs, and lamb sausage, among wilder, sometimes off-the-wall barbecue experiments. The place practices a barbecue style that showcases that of Kansas City, with a little Central Texas thrown in.

The new location is at 10-43 44th Drive is in the industrial Hunters Point neighborhood, south of the Queensboro Bridge, and a couple blocks from the 23rd Street-Ely Avenue stop on the E and M trains, and easy walking distance from the 7 and G trains, too.

The place is expected to open in mid July.

The charred brisket edges at John Brown Smokehouse

The lamb sausage