The best cheap BBQ

It’s no secret that Gotham’s seen a wave of smoked meat joints—a boon to budget dining. We break down the new versions of BBQ classics, across the spectrum.



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Good barbecue shouldn’t cost a pretty penny. Whether you’re craving juicy ribs or luscious pulled pork, check into New York’s best BBQ restaurants for affordable gut-busting meals. Here’s where to find our new favorites of classic dishes.

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Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue

  • Price band: 2/4

Bill Fletcher and Matt Fisher slap a heap of bold flavor onto their bird at this Gowanus ’cue cafeteria. Before a four-hour smoking over red oak and sugar maple, the poultry is covered in a dry rub of 30-plus seasonings (allspice and thyme are in the mix). It gets a glistening glaze of tangy Red Hook Red barbecue sauce at the finish.

  1. 433 Third Ave, (between 7th and 8th Sts), 11215
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Mighty Quinn's

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 2/4

The smoked brisket is the pièce de résistance of Hugh Mangum’s critical darling. Simply seasoned with a salt-pepper-paprika rub and lovingly smoked for up to 22 hours in the J&R, the beef is a minimalist masterpiece, moist with a hefty top cap—request slices from the fatty end—and charred, flavorful bark. The only thing more delicious than the generous pile of meat is the bargain-bin price.

  1. 103 Second Ave, (at 6th St), 10003
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  • Price band: 2/4

Brisket may be in the name of Food & Drink winner Daniel Delaney’s Williamsburg joint, but his pork ribs—pepped up with a paprika-and-cayenne rub—are just as top-notch. Attentively smoked in an oak-fueled fire, the glistening meat are so tender and juicy, it won’t take long for you to blow through the roll of paper towels at your table. $13.00 for ½ lb.

  1. 359 Bedford Ave, (between South 4th and South 5th Sts), 11211
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