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Long Island’s 10 best barbecue spots

A chopped brisket sandwich is served with sides

A chopped brisket sandwich is served with sides of collard greens, coleslaw and cornbread at South Shore BBQ Company. Credit: Daniel Brennan

Last week it was gastropubs. This week in Eat Here Now, Newsday’s survey of Long Island’s top 100 restaurants, we’re 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 Jed’s 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.

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