September 15, 2010
Make no bones about it: Philadelphia has the sauciest, smokiest ribs and the juiciest wings around. So whether you’re looking for a box of baby backs from a takeout spot or an authentic Texas-style brisket on a picnic table, here are just a few places to find amazing barbecue across the Philadelphia region.
• At Jimmy’s BBQ, a diminutive chow-stop in Malvern, the tasty fare includes pulled chicken with a lemon pepper/brown sugar rub, hickory-smoked pulled pork, ribs and brisket, dirty corn, whipped sweets and Phillies party combos of the tasty treats.
• Once an outdoor venue with an auxiliary kitchen, Le Cochon Noir is now a full-fledged barbecue restaurant and live music venue, serving up Berkshire pork chops, dry-rub ribs and garlic mustard greens, plus seafood, steaks and lighter fare in an expansive West Philadelphia setting.
• Erin O’Shea studied the art of barbecue in Texas before opening Percy Street Barbecue on South Street. Her authentic burnt ends, pinto beans and banana pudding showcase those traditions, while the pork belly, vegan chili and specialty cocktails flaunt her chef skills.
• The specialty at Phoebe’s Bar-B-Q, which has been smoking on South Street since 1994, is Oklahoma barbecue, and the succulent brisket, ribs and pit meats by the pound are now available at a newer Roxborough location too. 2214 South Street, (215) 546-4811; 5002 Umbria Street, Roxborough, (215) 483-1330
• As judges on the pitmaster circuit, Pig Daddy’s BBQ founders Linda, Jerry and Chris Mullane soaked up quite a bit of BBQ know-how, evident in the ribs, sausage, Carolina pulled pork and “BBQ Sundaes” offered at their Drexel Hill takeout eatery and catering business.
• The big-eatin’ menu at Old City’s Q BBQ & Tequila runs the mouthwatering gamut from hickory-smoked ribs and pulled-pork sandwiches to grilled fish tacos and fried green tomatoes. To wash down the dishes, diners choose from more than 60 tequilas and 10 craft beers on tap.
• A Germantown institution, The Rib Crib is a takeout-only counter where the ribs are smoked to impossible tenderness, slathered with either hot or mild sauce and boxed up with fluffy slices of white bread for sopping. 6333 Germantown Avenue, (215) 438-6793
• The Memphis-inspired eats at Rosey’s BBQ in Jenkintown include ribs, BBQ chicken, macaroni and cheese, specialty sandwiches such as the Crunchy Spicy (chopped pork, spicy BBQ sauce, cole slaw and potato chips), homemade cupcakes and sweet tea.
• At Center City’s eclectic comfort food eatery Smokin’ Betty’s, the ribs are St. Louis-style, the ’slaw is Carolina-inspired and the smoked brisket is served with potato latkes.
• The hickory-smoked ribs and chicken at Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse have won this Northeast Philly BBQ hotspot countless accolades, and the turkey breast, pulled pork and sides such as collard greens, mashed sweet potatoes and creamed spinach are equally luscious.
• A Manayunk neighborhood favorite operating from a tiny bus stop shack, Tommy Gunns American Barbecue and Catering dishes out pan-regional favorites such as Kansas City baby backs, Carolina pork, Texas brisket and baked beans and a uniquely Philadelphian deep-fried macaroni and cheese.
• It’s a sweet-and-smoky deal at Pub & Kitchen on Wednesdays, when $17 buys a half-rack of ribs, Anson Mils grits, coleslaw and an optional pint of Tröegs Sunshine Pils.