Best BBQ in NYC: Guide to the new 'cue city

Get your hands dirty at the city's best BBQ smokehouses, plus our primers on regional styles and smoked-meat terminology.

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The Southern takeover of Gotham’s food scene is heating up. Red-hot new smokehouses, badass pit masters and the best damn bourbon nips around—here’s your guide to New York’s revved-up barbecue culture. Grab your Wet-Naps for the best BBQ around town.

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Park barbecues: Where to grill in NYC this summer

The park barbecue is a great Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day standby. Gather your friends and fire up the grill in one of these park barbecue areas. If you're like us, you've gazed wistfully at the park barbecues in Prospect Park, admiring the BBQ and plentiful sides that line the picnic tables. Well, stand on the edges no longer—it's summer in NYC and there's a grill in a New York park just waiting for you. Consider this your go-to guide for nabbing a great spot on Memorial Day and other long weekends. RECOMMENDED: Get outdoors in NYC Grilling 101 1. All parks prohibit open fires, ground fires and propane.2. Keep grills at least ten feet away from trees and overhead branches.3. Parties of 20 or more in city parks must obtain a special-events permit for $25 (processing takes approximately one month) (Manhattan: 212-408-0226; Brooklyn: 718-965-8912; Queens: 718-393-7272; nyceventpermits.nyc.gov/parks).4. Dispose of coals in the marked drums, or extinguish with water and wrap in foil before putting in a nearby Dumpster. Manhattan parks with barbecuing areas For permits and other information, call 212-408-0226 or visit nycgovparks.org Riverside Park One of Manhattan’s more scenic areas, this four-mile stretch of waterfront has perhaps the city’s most idyllic grilling hangout. Cookouts are permitted anywhere north of West 145th Street, affording you and your friends plenty of room to spread out. And you’ll need your pals to help lug the equipment; it’s BYOG (bring yo

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Q Where can I sample great bourbons in Brooklyn?—Ryan Masters, Brooklyn Heights A Begin your quest for the quintessentially American brown spirit—a style of whiskey that’s distilled from at least 51 percent corn and stored in new, charred wooden barrels for two years or longer—at The Pig (64 Lafayette Ave at South Elliott Pl, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 718-797-0292), an annex to BBQ canteen the Smoke Joint, which dispenses 20-odd bourbons. Opt for a three-liquor flight ($18) featuring one-ounce tastes of small-batch distillers such as Tuthilltown and Basil Hayden. Another fine choice is The Jakewalk (282 Smith St between Degraw and Sackett Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; 347-599-0294). While this cozy spot mainly focuses on wine, you can try one of two-dozen tasty bourbons like soft, buttery 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve ($19). But Smith Street’s true brown-liquor HQ is Char No. 4 (196 Smith St between Baltic and Warren Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; 718-643-2106), a smoky Southern eatery named after the darkest degree of charred oak. Sit at the front bar and thumb through a thick binder listing one- or two-ounce pours of their 100 or so bourbons. Sample the exceptionally smooth and affordable seven-year-old W.L. Weller ($4 for a one-ounce pour). If the spirit moves you, by all means have another.

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BYO meat and sizzle up a storm. Danny & Eddie's Most afternoons around 4pm, this party-hearty Upper East Side haunt lights its reservations-free backyard grill, allowing anyone with a hankering—and a hunk of meat, perhaps some sausages acquired at nearby Schaller & Weber (1654 Second Ave at 86th St, 212-879-3047)—to man the flames. A kick-ass happy hour ($5 well drinks, $12 Rolling Rock pitchers till 8pm daily) helps the day dissolve into a happy haze. Note: BYO charcoal. 1643 First Ave between 85th and 86th Sts (212-396-2090, dannyandeddies.com) The DelanceyIf you crave BBQ—but not the muss and fuss of tending a grill—this rock and nightclub stalwart offers a delicious alternative: Every Wednesday night from 7 to 10pm, climb to the oasis-like roof deck (complete with palm trees and a fountain) and pony up $8 for a heaping plate of hot dogs, veggie burgers, potato salad, chips and burgers from an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet. There's also a frozen-margarita machine, which dispenses a Cuervo-powered slush ($10) that ably cuts the summer heat. 168 Delancey St at Clinton St (212-254-9920, thedelancey.com) East River BarThis onetime speakeasy compensates for its noisy, industrial locale by the Williamsburg Bridge with a killer patio setup: There's a sea of picnic tables, a vibrant mural of south Williamsburg and three reservable grills, where you bring your own meat and charcoal. Occasionally there's competition for cooking areas—especially on sunny weekends, when birthda

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