John Brown Smokehouse

John Brown Smokehouse

(Now Closed)
BBQ Joint and Southern Food Restaurant$$$$
Long Island City
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    Has a stamp of approval from Village Voice and The New York Times
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  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 26, 2012
    Don't miss the lamb sausage, pulled pork or chicken. But the best part on the menu are the burnt brisket edges. Traditional sides are way above average. Best of NYC Critics' choice winner of best BBQ!
  • David S.
    David SalvétJune 2, 2017
    Best BBQ ribs I had in my live. Go for pork ribs and fries, I did not like mac-and-cheese and coleslaw that much. Definitely go to this restaurant if you LOVE BBQ.
  • L. S.heart icon on user image
    L. S.March 12, 2016
    This place is a gem for those who don't know the LIC area oasis of carnivorous delights. The ribs are a must have & the pork is the perfect not overly fatty but just fatty enough & $2 beer!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronSeptember 8, 2015
    Good BBQ considering queens has none. This is a good attempt. . With outdoor seating with graffiti walls. A great selection of craft beer. Good prices, food was good burnt ends juicy. Def has promise
  • Rodrigo S.
    Rodrigo SalazarFebruary 8, 2015
    the phillipe deluxe sandwich, mac and cheese, and fries(not a fan of the chicken). extensive beer selection (try pineapple cider). con ed and construction workers keep the hipster levels at a 5.try it
  • Michael P.heart icon on user image
    Michael PilchFebruary 9, 2017
    Be prepared to wait during peak times, but the food is excellent! The brisket, pastrami and burnt ends top my list but you really can't go wrong. Try the cornbread too! Nice beer selection in the back
  • Bin Y.heart icon on user image
    Bin YangSeptember 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Recommend splitting platters for your group - get the burnt ends, rib tips, pulled pork but skip the pastrami and brisket. Sides are solid too (I enjoy the vinegar based slaw). Great bar in the back!
  • Norman T.heart icon on user image
    Norman TobiasJanuary 31, 2016
    The burnt ends were out of this world beautifully cooked chunks of meat with a crust that's unbelievable also loved the brisket nice thick cuts of brisket sweet juicy
  • TK .
    TK 🍦🍷December 13, 2012
    I think the rib tip sandwich is delicious! The collard greens are spicy and stuffed w/bits of meat too. Certain nights there is *loud* and live country music, talking becomes near-impossible.
  • Tony X.heart icon on user image
    Tony XerriJuly 1, 2019
    Pastrami. I cant stress this enough. Just get it. Pulled pork is fantastic as well, but pass on the pecan wings. Skin isnt crispy but rather rubbery which is a bummer.
  • JenKuduheart icon on user image
    JenKuduApril 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Burnt ends are amazing! Great beer choice and they have by far the best BBQ sauce i have ever tasted.. and I grew up on BBQ. Pork ribs are a little tough and the brisket needs a little more flavor.
  • Helen
    HelenDecember 16, 2014
    Hidden gem in LIC. Like the majority of reviews, burnt ends are the best. Get the cornbread on the side. So moist and has bits of real corn. Beans and mac are just okay. Plenty of seating as well.
  • Christina C.heart icon on user image
    Christina ChinJune 23, 2015
    Love pulled pork and cornbread. Coleslaw was great but it's not your typical coleslaw, more vinegary and a little kick. Love it but not for everyone
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListOctober 11, 2012
    Kansas City-style barbecue at a great price. Taste: Burnt Ends, Smoked Turkey, John Brown Ruben( house cured pastrami, swiss cheese, coleslaw topped with Russian dressing on a roll) Read more
  • Judie O.heart icon on user image
    Judie O'GaraJuly 12, 2019
    We had brisket, rib ends and chicken, all very good, but the beans were amazing! Second visit can’t wait to go back. Will go today to retrieve my jacket and get mir beans!
  • Ailie C.heart icon on user image
    Ailie ChangAugust 22, 2015
    The Burnt Ends just melt in your mouth! I wasn't too big of a fan of the rib tips or mac and cheese. The Cornbread was really good - it's a different texture, but it's yummy!
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Their real specialty are Burnt Ends, which are far tastier than they sound: crispy, sweet pieces of meat you can dip in housemade barbecue sauce. They come in sandwich form and by the pound. Read more
  • Anthony P.heart icon on user image
    Anthony PerroneFebruary 27, 2016
    I had their burnt ends, and their every day specials. The food and service is good. I keep going back for more. I'm glad they are in my neighborhood. Can't wait till they open the back yard. .
  • Raymond R.heart icon on user image
    Raymond RodriguezMay 14, 2014
    Just eat the whole menu. Seriously. Usually get the 2 meat platter (chicken and pulled pork) and baked beans and collard green. So good. Ribs are dried rub and amazing. And the corn bread = AMAZE.
  • Jason M.heart icon on user image
    Jason MarlowApril 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Burnt ends are amazing, potentially life altering. Pastrami, corn bread and cole slaw are other highlights. Solid beer selection and fun outdoor beer garden. All around my favorite BBQ in NYC.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 27, 2013
    There's better brisket in this city, but the restaurant's specialty—Kansas City burnt ends—are great. Just get there early before they sell out. Good beer selection, too.
  • Peter L.heart icon on user image
    Peter LadaSeptember 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    North Carolina style BBQ. Great burnt ends and the spicy sauce has ghost peppers, you are warned! Excellent beer selection and a usually there is live blues in the weekends.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    The burnt ends are a must-have at this Kansas City-style barbecue in Long Island City. And the lamb sausage is a nice nod to Astoria, LIC's Greek neighbor Read more
  • Alex P.heart icon on user image
    Alex PyatetskyAugust 18, 2018
    2nd trip. Burnt End and pork belly are musts. Rib tips good. Wings v tasty. Meat good enough to not sauce. I’d skip pastrami. Gotta try ribs and fois next time.
  • Alex P.heart icon on user image
    Alex PyatetskySeptember 25, 2017
    Burnt ends take the cake. Would order them in place of regular brisket next time. Slaw is good, cut very fine and vinegary, no mayo. Wings were pretty good. Would try rib tips and fois next time.
  • Sonny K.heart icon on user image
    Sonny KwokFebruary 4, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the corn bread, get the corn bread. Did I say get the corn bread?
  • Alexandra F.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra FanningDecember 10, 2017
    Brisket and Pastrami are delish 😘 it's a little loud with football etc but it's a casual spot and pretty cheap as far as good BBQ goes 🍗
  • Rory P.heart icon on user image
    Rory ParnessMay 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The craft beers are great (ask to taste each) but wait a minute before ordering your 2nd. The high alcohol content sneaks up on you.
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    Mike WinstonSeptember 12, 2013
    It's all about the Burnt Ends. There’s a thick, crispy, spice-loaded, caramelized crust surrounding the most tender, fatty, melty bits of beef brisket in every bite. Read more
  • Cali Z.
    Cali ZimmermanOctober 6, 2014
    You haven't lived until you've had the burnt ends here.. The weakest of the meats was the pastrami. The baked beans also have MEAT IN THEM. Get them. The fries were also just ordinary
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithDecember 21, 2014
    pulled pork is the winner. pork ribs are huge 'n' tender. collard greens, yummy. cornbread is sweet, moist, corn-y, delish. buss staff is awesome—tip them.
  • Erik S.heart icon on user image
    Erik SchomburgDecember 29, 2018
    Regardless of the meat you order, also get the cornbread (more like corn pudding).
  • Mike P.
    Mike PrevetteJuly 11, 2013
    Burnt ends are in point! Cornbread was a buttery basket of awesome! Pulling in a distant third was the mac-n-cheese, no flavor.The ghost pepper sauce deserves mention, it was pretty well balanced.
  • Albert T.heart icon on user image
    Albert TongAugust 19, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the burnt ends. It's like meat candy. KC style BBQ at its best.
  • Tiffanyheart icon on user image
    TiffanyAugust 13, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Finally someone in NYC with burnt ends and collard greens worthy of eating. John Brown Smokehouse makes this native southerner so happy.
  • Trevor D.heart icon on user image
    Trevor DarlingSeptember 30, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Burnt ends, pastrami, fries, corn bread. All delicious. Can't make a bad decision, and a great back patio and beer selection.
  • Max P.heart icon on user image
    Max PerryNovember 6, 2017
    Great bbq! Get the $15.50 platter with meat, ribs and one side. Add $2 to substitute with burnt ends.
  • Indulgent Eats
    Indulgent EatsJune 13, 2016
    The burnt ends is the BBQ you want at this LIC spot. Pair it with mac and cheese, corn bread, and some beers in their graffiti-lined backyard seating area.
  • Amy C.heart icon on user image
    Amy ChinApril 8, 2013
    All the meats were great, but the pastrami, pork belly and burnt ends were superb. No sauce needed, but dip into some of their hot bbq sauce for good measure - adds a sweet kick!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    If the pitmaster has smoked lamb sausage that day, grab some! Unexpectedly, the French fries are wonderful, and so are the meat-intensive collards. Read more
  • Patrick H.heart icon on user image
    Patrick HealyJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't dick around here. This place is too good. Get the burn ends (if they still have any left that day) and a pint of the Devil's Dancer IPA (12% ABV). You will not find better BBQ in NYC.
  • Isaac R.heart icon on user image
    Isaac RadnitzerOctober 24, 2015
    Brisket and rip tips are both excellent, large portions for NYC and the corn bread side is on point. Great place to watch Kansas City sports
  • Matthew C.heart icon on user image
    Matthew CaldecuttDecember 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    There's nothing on the menu that I wouldn't recommend, but the burnt ends are a must and the brisket needs no barbecue sauce it's that moist.
  • Rob K.heart icon on user image
    Rob KrumJuly 4, 2018
    EVERYTHING!! Pork belly and burnt ends. Seriously everything I put in my mouth was incredible!
  • Nina
    NinaAugust 12, 2013
    Amazing meat, even better sides (corn muffin goodness) and live jazz on Sundays. Worth a small trek. Try the chicken.
  • Victoria U.heart icon on user image
    Victoria U.July 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best barbecue in the city (so far). Get the burnt ends and the corn bread!
  • Czarina B.heart icon on user image
    Czarina BehrendsJune 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Burnt ends, collard greens, Mac and cheese are delicious. Love the back patio space and the selection of beer. Can be very loud at times though.
  • Brittany G.
    Brittany GoodwynAugust 16, 2014
    The hand cut fries are by far the best I've had. The mac and cheese was also delicious. And please do try the pork ribs.
  • Rebecca H.
    Rebecca HMarch 15, 2015
    This place is great. Only thing I will pass on next time is the brisket, nothing special and everything else was great. The special chicken wings were BOMB!!!
  • M M.heart icon on user image
    M MJuly 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone said to get the burnt ends. I got the burnt ends sandwich. Get the burnt ends! =)
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