• Critics’ Pick
  • John Brown Smokehouse

  • Hamburgers BBQ $8-$17
  • 10-43 44th Dr.
    Queens, NY 11101
  • Neighborhood: Long Island City
  • Phone: 347-617-1120
Owner Josh Bowen drew inspiration for this informal, sparsely decorated smoke joint from his hometown Kansas City. Those seeking proof need no more than a plate of burnt ends, a K.C. delicacy prepared here as twice-seasoned, twice-cooked morsels of fatty beef brisket whose smoky, caramelized edges give meaning to their popular nickname "meat candy." The rest of the menu, a smörgåsbord of slow-smoked, dry-rubbed meats, settles into a cozy cross of regional recipes. Bowen's dry rub, blending brown sugar and coffee with salt, pepper, and paprika, merges seamlessly with juicy pork spare ribs, which sport a subtle hint of wood smoke and layers of expertly rendered fat. Sliced brisket and pulled pork shoulder are less consistently tasty, but a locally made lamb sausage offers a complex bite of Midwestern 'cue by way of Greek Astoria. And the house's whole smoked chicken is astonishingly moist.
  • Hours

    Mon-Thu, 11:30am-10pm Fri, 11:30am-11pm Sat, noon-11pm Sun, noon-9pm

  • Prices


  • Payment

    American Express Discover MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Delivery Lunch Take-Out Online Ordering Good for Groups Reservations Not Required Catering

  • Alcohol

    Beer and Wine Only

  • Reservations

    Not Accepted

  • Delivery Area

    51st Ave. to Queensboro Plaza, Jackson Ave. to Vernon Blvd.

  • Delivery Hours

    Mon-Thu, 11:30am-10pm Fri-Sat, 11:30am-11pm Sun, 11:30am-9pm catering delivery by special order

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