John Brown Smokehouse started as a little hole-in-the-wall in an industrial area of LIC about one year ago. Since then it has moved a few avenues over to a big lot on a main street in LIC with a large patio with live music, a real staff, and a kick-ass menu with some of the best BBQ in NYC. When I wrote about JBS a year ago, this place was a secret, but now it’s a real destination.

John Brown Smokehouse
10-43 44th Drive, Long Island City

Most of the BBQ meat sandwiches, pulled pork, brisket, pork belly, and rib tips, are $10 or less, with hunks of tender meat between slabs of thick white bread. The amazing burnt ends are $12. But my favorite is  the Reuben ($12.50) house cured pastrami, swiss cheese, coleslaw topped with Russian dressing on a roll. It’s flavored meat, it’s cheesy and creamy, and it’s crunchy. It is unbelievably good. Plus it combines classic NYC deli with really great Southern BBQ. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

John Brown Smokehouse also offers traditional platters of Kansas City barbecue, meat by the pound, and solid sides. They have a full bar, music, and a great private outdoor patio.

Now I regret sharing one of my favorite places with you. Just don’t come here too much. I don’t want it to be ruined. It’s just perfect now.