One of NYC’s local pitmasters, Kenny Callaghan from Blue Smoke, represents every year. While I love Fette Sau, and Hill Country BBQ is pretty solid too, Blue Smoke ranks as my #1 favorite spot for several reasons: they’re consistent, they take reservations (so no waiting for 1 hour+ for a table!), and aside from the delicious ribs, the sides are a sure hit.
|My piggylicious meal at Blue Smoke! YUM|
|Mint Julep Cocktails|
|Chipotle Chicken Wings|
My last trip to Blue Smoke, I tried the Shrimp Corn Dogs with Avocado-Lime Dip. I was pleasantly surprised by these. Served on long wood skewers, the corn dogs are light with a nice crunch.
|Shrimp Corn Dogs with Avocado-Lime Dip|
Another hit are the Warm Barbecue Potato Chips with Blue Cheese & Bacon Dip. Doesn’t the dip sound amazing?? Hard to say no to blue cheese and bacon. These chips are really good, but at $8 I often don’t wind up ordering it to save room for more substantial dishes.
I’ve had the Crispy Chili Crusted Calamari before (with red pepper mayo) and while it’s not bad, I wouldn’t recommend getting this dish here because there are plenty of other better appetizers to choose from. This dish just doesn’t show off their strength.
The mac & cheese is seriously good. Gooey on the inside with a slight charred top. I could eat an entire order (or three) of this. You won’t want to share!
|Mac & Cheese (and a shot of cole slaw in the back)|
The Sesame Coleslaw is unique in that it’s not mayo-y, rather it’s vinegar based yet also sweet. It helps cut through the fatty barbecue and is really refreshing.
And now for the most important part… the RIBS!
Blue Smoke makes three kinds of ribs. Their descriptions on their menu of these are pretty accurate:
- Kansas City Spareribs: Big, juicy, spicy and sweet, slathered with our KC Sauce
- Memphis Baby Back Ribs: Our leanest rib, with Magic Dust and Original Sauce
- Texas Salt & Pepper Beef Ribs: Dry-rubbed and full of smoke flavor. No sauce necessary
|Rib Sampler (For one)|
If you really love the barbecue sauces or rubs, you can buy them on-site. Just ask! I'm always so tempted to get a bottle of the Magic Dust (on the Memphis ribs).
Piggy says yes!