Meat and smoke—really, what more does a person need? We love barbecue because it is the ultimate slow food, and like all the best feasts, it requires nothing more than a sheet of butcher paper, and maybe some sides for good measure.

Lucky for us, NYC has seen a smoked-meat explosion as of late, with barbecue spots opening everywhere from Red Hook to Astoria. Take Daniel Delaney, who’s turning out impeccable Texas-style brisket in Williamsburg, or the good folks at Mighty Quinn’s, who are serving Flinstonian beef ribs in the East Village. The barbecue spots we’ve featured here cook high-quality meats low and slow over hardwood only (no gas), because why would you eat barbecue prepared any other way?

Here are our five favorite places to feast on smoked meats in NYC.

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