If you were asked to list America’s barbecue capitals, would you include New York City? A haven of bagels and thin crust pizza slices, it’s not generally celebrated for smokey and slow-cooked meats. But in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, in the view of both the Statue of Liberty and the city’s only IKEA, one former celebrity bodyguard is making a Texas-style brisket that just might change that.
Billy Durney opened Hometown Bar-B-Que in 2013 on the heels of Hurricane Sandy, after a trip to Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas inspired his career change. On this episode of The Meat Show, host and professional carnivore Nick Solares visits Hometown to catch up with Durney and sample a few of the meaty creations — from lamb belly by the half pound to Jamaican jerk baby back ribs — that have helped make New York (and Hometown especially) a real barbecue contender.