The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
Last week it was gastropubs. This week in Eat Here Now, Newsdays survey of Long Islands top 100 restaurants, were focusing on barbecue.
Only a few years back, you could count the number of serious local barbecue spots on one hand. Thankfully, those days of settling for so-so ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork smothered in sticky sauce are gone.
So roll down your car window and catch the scent of wood-smoked meat as it wafts from Long Beach to East Hampton, Wading River to Massapequa.
The list includes old favorites such as Tennessee Jeds in Wantagh as well as newcomers like South Shore BBQ Company in Patchogue, whose pitmaster Will Breakstone, is one of the most decorated smokers on the circuit.