Summer is approaching, and real hardwood barbecue beckons — and we’re not talking about backyard barbecue cooked over propane, either. New York City has come a long way from the days when red sauce-slathered baby back ribs were considered barbecue. The city’s pitmasters turn to other places for inspiration — Texas, the Carolinas, Memphis, Kansas City, and other meccas of smoked meat. They began upping their game in the late ’90s and have only gotten better. Sure, there have been setbacks, including a slew of temporary and permanent closings due to COVID, and one estimable place, Morgan’s, shuttered when it burned down. But this revised map has plenty of new places in unexpected neighborhoods, including the Upper West Side and Sunset Park, and there’s plenty to chew on — quite literally.
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