About now, a visit south is looking good. Spring training. Lots of sun. Barbecue and ribs in bulk. But in case your frequent-flier miles fall short, there are plenty of good spots for a taste of 'cue and company in these parts.
Starting east and south: Townline BBQ, from the restaurant group that operates the show-biz Hamptonian, Nick & Toni's. You'll gladly get messy with the beef short ribs, a rack of pork ribs, pulled pork and pulled chicken. Texas chili and California chili (guess which one is vegetarian?), plus hush puppies, pickled jalapenos, and collard greens.
Townline is at 3593 Montauk Hwy., Sagaponack; 631-537-2271.
Bobbique in Patchogue serves savory St. Louis-style ribs, sliced brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, and crisp barbecued salmon. On the side, try the fries, baked beans, macaroni and cheese. Looking ahead, Bobbique is ready for Mardi Gras, with New Orleans specials set for the festivities on Tuesday.
Bobbique is at 70 W. Main St., Patchogue; 631-447-7744.
Tennessee Jed's delivers the right flavors in Wantagh. For a little tour, baby back ribs vie with Texas beef ribs, Carolina pulled pork with Oklahoma State Fair corn dogs, Texas red chili with dry-rubbed St. Louis-style ribs. Dissenters can go for the fried chicken and burgers.
Tennessee Jed's is at 3357 Merrick Rd., Wantagh; 516-308-3355.