Listen - I'm sure Brooklyn BBQ is (overall) fine. New York City is a hub of people from all around the world, making it a mixing pot of cultures and cuisines like few other places on Earth. You can get incredible pizza, burgers, sushi, cronuts, etc. and basically any kind of food from any geographical area imaginable, and find a pretty great version of it (even if it's not quite as authentic as the real deal). That's one of the really nice things about NYC - beyond being a garbage-filled, piss-soaked, hyper-expensive concrete hellhole, it's got some good food.
But you don't lightly declare NYC barbecue as the stuff that's "taking over the world" without ruffling a few feathers - and that's exactly what Munchies did with their story on Brooklyn's burgeoning BBQ blowup (apologies for the alliteration). Americans (particularly from the south) are VERY protective of their barbecue skills and authenticity - so to see some fancy-ass Brooklyn hipster BBQ trying to take the crown rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.
And it's not hard to see why - the pic is notably....bare. No sauce, very little actual food, some sad little dinner rolls, and some gray-ish meat. Not exactly "next-level BBQ" to most people.
Brooklyn BBQ got some fire hot links. pic.twitter.com/RdKC5Posur-- Ebo (@EboSays) March 4, 2018
Why is Brooklyn barbecue taking over the world? pic.twitter.com/HC63CC5WLp-- Sam Baker (@sam_baker) March 4, 2018
Ahhh, a classic Brooklyn BBQ. Delicious! pic.twitter.com/cdoDCYgVKe-- pixelated boat [ASMR] binaural ~4 hours~ (@pixelatedboat) March 4, 2018
Just having me a plate of some good ol' Brooklyn BBQ pic.twitter.com/MAJrnY5G1e-- billy (@pisspope) March 4, 2018
I don't know why everyone is getting so annoyed. If you actually READ THE ARTICLE, it makes clear a "Brooklyn BBQ" is when a rat starts a fire by gnawing through the gas line of a parked car-- James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) March 4, 2018
Who asked for Brooklyn bbq when Texas, Memphis, St. Louis and the Carolinas exist? pic.twitter.com/yAGR9bewBp-- Mrs. M'baku (@blackgirlgonekb) March 4, 2018
I had to look up more pics of that Brooklyn bbq place that is going around lol... pic.twitter.com/0aPtfXYqvB-- DJ Heat (@DJHeatDC) March 4, 2018
If you live in Brooklyn I think you owe the entire country an apology for that Brooklyn BBQ story.-- Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) March 4, 2018
You vs. the Brooklyn BBQ chef they told u not to worry about pic.twitter.com/0XCOg4q1o1-- Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) March 4, 2018
BBQ Cities ranked:-- Teej (@TJCarpenterShow) March 5, 2018
1. Kansas City
12. Little Rock
1728. A pile of dead leaves right before sunset in Mississippi
About to dive into some world famous Brooklyn BBQ. Feel bad for everyone that thinks they have real BBQ pic.twitter.com/p8shaolx6U-- Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) March 4, 2018
Of course, there are plenty of reasonable individuals who have made a few good points - maybe the blame lies more on this individual restaurant, which shouldn't be designated the representative for ALL of Brooklyn's BBQ offerings, or with the publication for making the claim. Because, wherever you go in this world, you can probably find great BBQ as long as you know where to look.
I managed a BBQ spot in Brooklyn that's real and good. Check out The Smoke Joint in Fort Greene and their other places Peaches and Peaches Hothouse in Bedstuy if you want quality BBQ that isn't overpriced cafeteria food. pic.twitter.com/wKp3jtQNq0-- Lyle Clip Art (@Kyle_Lippert) March 4, 2018