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Harvest Smokehouse at Golden Harvest Farm

Whether looking for a dine-in experience, takeout, or event catering, these Hudson Valley barbecue restaurants are sure to leave you impressed. Enjoy pork, chicken, beef, ribs, and wings slow smoked to perfection and served next to proven classics like macaroni and cheese, cornbread, and coleslaw. This summer, make sure to check out this list of BBQ joints bringing Southern classics right to the Hudson Valley.

Handsome Devil

3 Corwin Court, Newburgh NY 12550

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:30am to 8pm, Handsome Devil in Newburgh offers barbecue classics for dine-in, takeout, and catering. The menu offers brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis ribs, wood-fired chicken, and many more slow-smoked meats. On the side, they offer macaroni and cheese, baked beans, cole slaw, cornbread, and many other Southern classics. For dessert, enjoy their banana pudding, chocolate cake, strawberry lemonade cake, or blueberry pie. The founder of Handsome Devil LLC, Ed Randolph, recently authored the book Smoked, which follows the road trip he took with his wife Noelle and three kids across the US to find the best barbecue. Along the way, Randolph interviewed pitmasters behind iconic BBQ joints. Handsome Devil is dedicated to using local resources from the wood used in their smoker to the products they carry in the storefront.


6611 Route 209, Kerhonkson NY 12446

For years, the food truck at the top of the hill where Samsonville Road runs into 209 was a staple of Kerhonkson and a reliable source for tasty barbecue. Since moving to a brick-and-mortar location close to 44/55, founder Dennis Ballentine has been able to expand the offerings. With rustic, casual dining open daily from 11am to 8pm, Outpost has finger-licking beef brisket, pulled pork, and barbecue chicken, served on a plate or sandwich. For seafood fans, they also have fish and chips, fried and sauteed catfish, grilled salmon, seared tuna, and fried shrimp. For sides, pick from potato salad, cornbread, finely shredded coleslaw, baked beans, regular or cajun fries, macaroni and cheese, corn on the cob, German potato salad, and cucumber salad. Outpost frequently has live music on Saturday nights. Follow them on Instagram for the latest show info.

Ole Savannah

100 Rondout Landing, Kingston NY 12401

Located in a towering brick building on the Kingston waterfront, Ole Savannah offers a range of Southern-style cooking and a full bar. They are open Monday to Saturday from 11:30am to 10pm and Sundays from 10am to 9pm. The signature cocktail menu includes bourbon peach tea, a plum rum Old Fashioned, Southern sangria as well as a range of tap beers and wine by the glass or bottle. For their signature BBQ offerings, Ole Savannah has pulled pork shoulder, beef brisket, and baby back ribs cooked low and slow in their smoking room. Sides include cole slaw, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, and roasted brussel sprouts with honey and green chilies. They also offer a raw bar with oysters, shrimp, clams, and lobster served with a mustard sauce and apple cider mignonette. Ole Savannah’s also has other Southern classics on the menu including New Orlean’s style chicken gumbo and jambalaya.

Legal Swine

3169 Route 9W, Saugerties NY 12477

Legal Swine offers authentic Southern barbecue from Thursday to Sunday, 11:30am to 8pm. They also offer catering for private events using their signature red food truck. Opened in 2018 by Alicia and Desmond “Desi” Dutcher, the name Legal Swine is a reference to Desi’s career as an attorney. Desi unfortunately passed away in November of 2020, but Alicia keeps the business going. Playing on the legal theme, the barbecue spot offers menu items such as “The Violation,” and order of brisket and a hotlink; “The Felony,” brisket, hotlink, and home-cured pastrami; and “The Misdemeanor,” brisket and pastrami. All three offerings are served on a kaiser bun. Sides include baked beans with pieces of brisket, bourbon corn, macaroni and cheese with a parmesan goldfish crust, and coleslaw.

Smoky Rock Barbecue

6367 Mill Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572

Smoky Rock Barbecue presents New York-style barbecue including smoked duck, sausage, pastrami, baby back ribs, pork belly, and wings. For sides, they offer an extensive list of Southern comfort classics such as collard greens, baked beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potato fries, cornbread, coleslaw, blue cheese coleslaw, fries, corn on the cob, and macaroni and cheese. Smoky Rock is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 11am to 9pm and Sunday from 12pm to 9pm, reservations are required. They offer discounts for police, firefighters, military, and medical professionals , including EMS workers, doctors, and nurses.

Hickory BBQ

743 Route 28, Kingston NY 12401

The Hickory brothers opened Hickory BBQ in 2002, building off of recipes that their parents developed over their childhood. Choose from their slow-smoked ribs, pulled pork, beef, and chicken or enjoy their fish and vegetarian options such as their grilled portobello burger and salads. Inside Hickory BBQ they have a full bar with happy hour specials. Open Monday to Thursday, 11:30am to 8:30pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30am to 9pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 9pm for dine in or takeout, Hickory BBQ also offers catering for meetings and parties in their private dining room, which seats up to 50 people.

Cue 2 Go

230 County Route 6, Clermont NY 12526

Opened in 2008 as a takeout storefront addition to Renner’s Creative Celebrations, an off-premise caterer, Cue 2 Go offers smoked jerk turkey, barbeque beef, brown sugar mustard chicken or pork, pulled pork, and barbecue eggplant. For sides, they have coleslaw, fruit salad, potato salad, mashed potatoes, “Mexicorn,” macaroni and cheese, and many others. They are open for catering, takeout, or delivery Wednesday and Thursday from 11am to 7pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 8pm, and Sunday 12pm to 5pm.

John Fazio Farms BBQ

1836 State Route 44-55, Modena NY 12548

Though John Fazio Farms is known throughout the Tristate area for their hormone-free ducks, the operation started out farming rabbits. Both are still raised onsite with the addition of Cornish hens. The farm’s eatery serves up brick-oven pizza and smoked meats made with a signature house barbecue sauce, including pastrami, pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and duck. Before you dive into your meal, try their Cheezy Piggy Chips appetizer, made with hand-cut potato chips topped with melted cheddar cheese, pulled pork, monterey jack cheese, and chipotle sour cream. For your side, choose from baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread, fries, macaroni or potato salad. From May to September, the farm stand also features a raw bar Friday through Sunday offering shrimp, oysters, and clams. For dessert, enjoy locally made Jane’s Ice Cream. Joe Fazio Farms is open seven days a week, Friday and Saturday, 10am-9pm, and Sunday to Thursday, 10am-8pm.

J&J Smokehouse

550 Main Street, Catskill NY 12414

In 2018, Jim and Jill Sterling began renovating a former gas station built in 1941 overlooking the Catskill Creek into J&J Smokehouse BBQ. They offer barbecue classics such as pulled pork, smoked brisket, jerk chicken, spare ribs, and chili for on-site dining, takeout, and catering. All of the meat is smoked over applewood and hickory to produce flavorful results. For sides, they have pasta salad, pickled beets, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, pickles, and coleslaw. Dogs are welcome at the patio tables and chairs outside the building.

Dutchess BBQ

1820 New Hackensack Road, Poughkeepsie NY 12603

Popular menu items at this roadside eatery are “The Dutchess” a brisket sandwich with muenster cheese and brown gravy; the BBQ chili cheese burger, the BBW—a bacon and cheddar burger; the Southwestern BBQ burrito, and the fried fish sandwich. If you’re looking for a lighter meal, Dutchess BBQ offers a range of salads to choose from including their Caesar or garden salad, grilled jerk chicken salad, and bacon buffalo fried chicken salad. Dutchess BBQ is open seven days a week, Monday to Thursday from 11:30am to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30am to 9:30pm, Sunday 12pm to 8pm and for happy hour (bar only) from 4pm to 6pm daily.

American Glory

342 Warren Street, Hudson NY 12534

Located in a restored historic brick firehouse from 1794, American Glory has an industrial aesthetic with dark wood and Edison lights. They focus on reinvented homestyle Southern dishes such as chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and fish and chips, along with an entire section of the menu dedicated to dry-rubbed and wood-smoked barbecue. These offerings include pork ribs, beef brisket, North Carolina pulled pork, free-range chicken, and house-made sausages. To drink they have a large range of New York State microbrews and ciders along with specialty cocktails with local herbs, fruit, and housemade syrups. American Glory is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30am to 9:30pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30am to 10:30pm.

Mizz Hattie's BBQ

288 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508

Located inside the Hudson Valley Food Hall in Beacon, Miz Hattie’s offers Southern-style soul food for catering, dine in, and takeout. The namesake owner grew up on a small farm in North Carolina but moved to Beacon in the 1980s to attend the Culinary Institute of America to study pastries. Some menu classics are fried chicken, beef brisket, pulled pork, fish and chips, and burgers. Hattie also makes her own signature iced tea with crushed ice. On the side, choose from macaroni and cheese, baked beans, and creamed spinach. For dessert, pie is the star of show with sweet potato, pecan, and apple choices.

Harvest Smokehouse

3074 Route 9, Valatie NY 12184

At Harvest Smokehouse at Golden Harvest Farm in Valatie, pitmaster and CIA alum Andrew Chase is defining a new hyperlocal style of barbecue. Using surplus wood from the orchard, he has created a menu of applewood-smoked meat, basted with an apple cider vinegar-based sauce. Choose from the St. Louis ribs, pulled pork, jerk chicken thighs and apple bratwurst, over applewood from Golden Harvest Farms in their smoker. Open seasonally, Harvest Smokehouse serves tender pork, ribs, and sandwiches, along with classic sides such as cider slaw, smoked potato salad, macaroni and cheese, pit beans, house pickles, apple cornbread, and fries. For dessert, they have golden harvest apple pie and a berry of the day, both topped with whipped cream. The Smokehouse is open Thursday through Monday from 11:30am to 6pm.

Momma Lo's BBQ

284 South Main Street #9, Great Barrington MA 01230

Loretta McClennon, also known as “Momma Lo,” started her Southern-style barbecue restaurant in a parking lot in Craryville after being given two professional barbecues by a neighbor to make her dream happen. After gaining traction, Momma Lo’s moved to a storefront in Great Barrington earlier this year. Cooked over charcoal for a faster cooking time, the spot serves pulled pork, brisket, jerk chicken, barbecue chicken, and ribs. On the side, enjoy a choice of house salad, cole slaw, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, corn muffins, or collard greens.

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