Long Islanders love their backyard barbeques like fish love water. Because of this, to be crowned Best Barbeque on Long Island isn’t just a title, it’s a badge of honor. It means yes, this place knows how to make really, really great barbeque and yes, I want to feast on this meat. Now. Immediately. Here are this year’s winners of Best Barbeque on Long Island.
Long Islanders Voted Smokin’ Al’s Famous BBQ Joint in Massapequa Park Best Barbeque on Long Island!
19 West Main St., Bay Shore. 631-206-3000; 4847 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park. 516-799-4900. www.smokinals.com
Smokin’ Al’s Famous BBQ Joint is the place to go for barbeque, with delicious ribs, sandwiches and platters. Everything is either smoked and pulled to perfection, or dressed with their authentic, finger-lickin’ good barbeque sauces. One of the best things on the menu combines everything that is good in this world: the BBQ spud. This consists of a giant baked potato topped with butter, cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives and your choice of BBQ meat. For superb Southern cooking, the farthest you have to travel is to the South Shore, Smokin’ Al’s. Yum!
70 W. Main St., Patchogue. 631-447-7744. www.bobbique.com
Bobbique is much more than great barbeque and 125 amazing craft beers with 12 tap lines. The establishment also brings the blues to Long Island with a weekly showcase of musicians. If you need to eat and run, don’t worry-all the delicious food can be ordered as takeout.
3. Swingbellys BBQ
909 W. Beech St., Long Beach. 516-431-3464. www.swingbellysbbq.com
Everything is homemade at Swingbellys, down to the sauces and sides. In addition, meat is cooked long and slow in a rotisserie pit which is fueled by hickory, cherry and apple woods. It’s barbeque at its best.
NATIONAL. Famous Dave’s
Multiple locations. www.famousdaves.com