John Brown Smokehouse

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Photograph: Noah Devereaux
Rib tips at John Brown SmokehouseThese quivering nuggets of pork and fat---cut from pork ribs' skirt---are what pit master and owner Josh Bowen calls the "upscale McRib." They're ubiquitous in his native Kansas City but rarely seen in Yankee territory
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Hill Country alum Josh Bowen tends the pit at this 1,600-square-foot barbecue joint, decked out in red-and-white checkered tablecloths and an outdoor live-music stage. Dig into Kansas City–style pulled-pork sandwiches, burnt-ends platters and spareribs.
Venue name: John Brown Smokehouse
Address: 10-43 44th Dr
Cross street: between 10th and 11th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 11:30am–10pm, Sun noon–9pm
Transport: Subway: 7 to 45th Rd–Court House Sq
Price: Average main course: $10. AmEx, Disc, MC, V

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I had the pulled pork, which was delicious and full of great flavor. I will say my favorite part of the meal was the corn bread, which is not your average corn bread. It was soo good, I wish I ordered an extra dish of it. It's creamy, with corn; kinda like a bread pudding almost. I've never had anything quite like it. The mac and cheese was decent. I wish it had a little more flavor. But overall was a delicious choice, I would definitely come back.