Mighty Quinn’s: You’ve Eaten the ‘Cue, Now Enjoy the Song


Quinn’s gargantuan beef rib is like something an Inuit might have once wrested from the flank of a whale.

Fork in the Road has reported admiringly on the city’s latest barbecue, an East Village joint called Mighty Quinn’s. The place does brisket, Texas-style, and has a secondary specialty in Carolina pulled-pork ‘cue. Of course, the name comes from a Bob Dylan song, “Quinn the Eskimo,” that was so popular in the past century, it was done by dozens of top artists, ranging from the original hit-parade cover by Manfred Mann, to such acts as Julie London, the Grateful Dead, and Dylan himself. Apart from a reference to “it ain’t my cup of meat,” there seems to be no connection between barbecue and the song, but maybe you think different. Here are several delightful versions of “Quinn the Eskimo” to chew on before you come up with an answer.The Hollies, 1969. Who knew anyone in the band played a banjo?

Manfred Mann, 1967, and look at how stoned the acoustic guitarist is!

Phish, 1998, beware, very long! From one of the Madison Square Garden shows that year.

Grateful Dead, date unknown (Deadheads, c’mon! Any idea?)

Bob Dylan, Isle of Wight Festival, 1969

Julie London, date unknown (early ’70s?)

Kris Kristofferson, 2011, Amnesty International Concert