Why Hometown Bar-B-Que Is The Most Legendary Barbecue Restaurant In NYC | Legendary Eats

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Narrator: This is the best
barbecue in New York City. Herrine Ro: Oh, it's so good! These are one of the moments when you know that your job is so great. Hi, guys! So today we are at Hometown Bar-B-Que. It's probably one of the
best, if not the best barbecue place in New York. I don't know much about barbecue myself, but we do have an in-house expert. Sydney Kramer: I'm in from LA, and I'm so excited you
asked me to come today because Hometown is one
of my favorite spots. I've been here before. It's the best barbecue
in New York, I think. Like, hands down. We're gonna eat brisket. We're gonna eat ribs. We're gonna eat lamb belly. We're gonna eat other stuff. Herrine: Collard greens. Mac and cheese. Just the works. Sydney: Yeah. Herrine: I'm super pumped.
Sydney: I know. Let's eat. Let's go! Herrine: Onwards! Billy Durney: My name is Billy Durney. I'm the owner and head fire-tender here at Hometown Bar-B-Que. They call everybody in
our community pitmasters. And I said it was the most
ridiculous thing in the world because I'm 46 years old and
I haven't mastered anything. Narrator: Despite Billy's
humbleness, it's clear that his customers appreciate his craft. Customer: We got here super early. We knew the line was gonna be pretty bad. And, I mean, the anticipation
is pretty good now at this point. Employee: From this door
here, it's about 45 minutes. So, good luck to everyone. Narrator: Customers can wait up to two hours just to order. Customer: I come here every week. We're regulars here. It's the best barbecue I've ever had. Billy's a great guy. He comes over to your table. He'll shake your hand,
ask you how you're doing. Billy's a mensch. Billy: And so, before
getting into barbecue, I was a partner in a
private protection firm, Hollywood celebrities. It was a 45-mile drive from Austin to a small town called Taylor, Texas, to a place called Louie Mueller Barbecue. That changed my life forever. I walked in and said, "Somehow, I'm gonna do that for a living." Now, we get to serve, you know, 5,000 people a week here. What sets Hometown apart
to a lot of barbecue restaurants around the
world is the fact that we really have no rules. I'm a kid that grew up on
the streets of Brooklyn, so all those people and
all those smells and sights and sounds of my youth are represented on our menu at Hometown. If I took the Korean
Sticky Ribs off the menu, I might not get any more customers here. My favorite sandwich is the banh mi. Herrine: Oh, it's so good! Billy: Well, I'd say it's tender. Herrine: Life doesn't suck. I just drooled. Sydney: Are you eating over the trash can? Herrine: It's not my greatest moment. Billy: I'm never trying to duplicate what they're doing in the country. It's just those flavors,
they're my interpretation. Narrator: Even though
Billy's unconventional barbecue dishes are crowd favorites, his classic barbecue items
are equally as popular. Billy: The brisket is an
homage to Louie Mueller. It's an homage to Texas. Narrator: Billy trims meats like brisket, ribs, and pork butt, then seasons them simply
with salt and pepper. In a smoker fueled with white oak, the meat can cook anywhere
from five to 16 hours. In order to get a sense
of Billy's barbecue, we decided to order a
little bit of everything. Like the lamb belly banh
mi, ribs, and brisket, honey-butter cornbread,
and queso mac and cheese. Herrine: I'm so excited. The moment you come in here, the smokiness already hits you from, like, a block away. What's calling you the most? Sydney: I mean, the
brisket's the thing that's, I think, the hardest to make, and therefore the most
delicious, in my opinion. But this banh mi, I mean, we had a little sneaky bite in the kitchen, and holy… Herrine: I've had more than a few bites. Sydney: Yeah. Are you ready for some brisket? Herrine: I am ready for everything. Sydney: Do you want fat?
Do you want some fat? Herrine: I want some fat. Sydney: Yeah, you want
some fat. There you go. But you need a little bit of the bark. Like, the outside's called the bark, like, so you need some of that as well. Do you need help? Do you need mother to
cut your meat for you? Herrine: Let's do it. Oh. Oh. Sydney: You can't get this everywhere. You really cannot get this everywhere. I've done a lot of videos. I've been to a lot of barbecue joints. And nobody else does this in New York. This is something else. Herrine: What do you think sets it apart? Sydney: I mean, it's not dry. And, like, let's be real,
like, we're shooting a video. We've been, like, you
know, messing around, playing with our food. It's still so moist. And there's the right amount of fat. The bark is salty, a little sweet. Like, everything they
do here is phenomenal and so well done, and there's so much care and effort put into it. This is what happens when you don't take shortcuts and
you do it the proper way. Should we eat a rib? Herrine: I've been waiting
for you to say that. Let's do it. Sydney: All right. Oh, my god. It's sweet. It's tender. It's fatty. The fat's the best part. Truly. I've got a little bird
over here next to me. Herrine: While Sydney
is trying to teach us all of these things about barbecue, I feel like I've just been alongside her just pecking away at the food. Because as much as I want to learn, I can't stop eating. Sydney: She doesn't wanna learn. She doesn't wanna learn anything. Herrine: I just wanna eat. Sydney: Do you want some of this? I'll share it with you. This is America. Herrine: That is actually a
really good way of putting it. Sydney: Yeah. Herrine: It's queso, pimento
cheese, and mac and cheese all fused together into this one cup. I could eat a tub of this. Sydney: Yeah. Totally. Cool.
Herrine: OK. Let's get a bite of this honey-butter cornbread. Sydney: The cornbread looks to die for. Look at that sheen,
the glisten, the shine. Herrine: Oh, my god. I've never had cornbread like that before. Sydney: This is like cake. This is cornbread cake. Herrine: I love how the honey
butter actually is, like, all the way drenched through. Sydney: Yeah. It's like tres leches, but instead of sweetened
condensed milk, it's honey. Herrine: Even the sides
are just legendary. Sydney: They give you a bowl of cornbread. Herrine: It's so easy to get
distracted 'cause everything on this plate is just so good. Sydney: Yeah. So we're here at Hometown
to talk about how it's the best barbecue in Brooklyn. Would you agree with that assessment? Herrine: Yeah. I want to say that this may be the best barbecue not only in Brooklyn; I haven't had a lot of
barbecue, just growing up. But within the small sample
pool of barbecue places that I've been to, I
think this is the best. Sydney: This ranks pretty high up there. It's pretty delicious. And whenever I go to somewhere in, like, Texas or something like
that, I've been to Missouri, Kansas City, everybody knows Billy. Like, literally, everybody knows him. And they're like: "He's the
man. He knows what's up." Herrine: I think it's also
a pretty incredible feat that a man from Brooklyn, New York, is one of the most
revered barbecue experts, pitmasters, in the country. Sydney: Yeah. Herrine: Like, you would expect, I would've never expected a New Yorker to make this plate. Sydney: Absolutely not,
never in a million years. I, when I first heard about him, I assumed he was the guy that, like,
moved here from Texas to, like, "bring barbecue to New York." You know?
Herrine: Yeah. Sydney: But he's from New York. So, kudos to him, man. He did it. Best barbecue in New York? Herrine: Best barbecue in New York. Mmm. Sydney: Amazing. Go ahead and eat that. I know you want to.


Ethan Donald '20 · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Wow looks good

wolf3 3 · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

why does the asian girl always have so much makeup on

In Da Kitchen sa Japancem // Nenad Bojovic · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

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Lily The Spring · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Yes Vietnamese food inspiration is too good to be true

Duran Coley · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

The host on the left is GORGEOUS!

codgamer · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm


Un-Named Trucker · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

That shit looks legit.

Arkray Seirell · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

I love the way she roast the Asian girl HAHAHAHHA

venom5809 · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

That looks ridiculously good.

Ario Seno · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Stupid question
Do brisket halal?

What meat that he use?

vvampire · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

gentrification at its finest

K · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

I remember watching a video of him barely starting up the restaurant now it's one of the best restaurant 's in NYC, good on him

Johnny Blaze · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Sydney dominating Herrine in a porn video would be amazing

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The Food Culture · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

I'm literally starving watching this video

Kathy Erickson · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

I love the way they actually eat the food. These are not fake bites….they are absolutely on board and enthusiastic about eatin' all the eats. Much appreciated!

Juan Ulysses · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Frankly, whenever any region thinks they have a stronghold on a certain type of food, the quality inevitably goes down. Lots of popular places in Texas, Memphis, KC and the Carolinas suck. I go on yearly BBQ vacations and do bbq competitions.. Hometown is the best BBQ on earth. Get the pastrami bacon. Get the wings. Get the brisket. Get the banh mi

Banned legend · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Imagine getting paid to do this, lucky asf

Oh Yeah yeah · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Why only upload stuff from New York City and LA

bledback2life · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

The best thing about a BBQ restaurant is…
It's a vegan-free zone.

Layla Suun · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

I love these two together. More more more!!

TrendThis · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

I hope they finish all that food, cuz we have kids and family eating pagpag (garbage meat) in the Philippines.

Reypure207 DR · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Why do you guys just don't call it cheese fyi queso is cheese in Spanish and someone replies saying it's melted cheese in Spanish no queso deretido is melted cheese in Spanish.

R A A · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

I want this job sooo bad!

Jackson Walter · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Growing up in NYC and going down to Texas for college, I would have to say Hometown Bar-B-Que is by far the best BBQ joint in NYC. They're doing their own thing while showing respect to Texas style BBQ and the NYC community that inspires them. Don't let the line impede you from visiting Hometown. The food is well worth the wait. The waiting experience is essential to the BBQ experience in my opinion. While Hometown Bar-B-Que might not be as great as Franklin or La Barbecue in Austin, it doesn't have to be the best to be delicious. Where else are you going to find Texas style bbq with Korean, Jewish, Vietnamese, Jamaican, and southern style menu options? It is a little more expensive than more traditional bbq joints in the south and the rest of NYC, but it's a small price to pay for the best BBQ in NYC.

Benjamin Diaz · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

BBQ is one of my top 10 most FAVORITE foods EVER!!!!

Norris Mingkhamsavath · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

I loved eating here. I use to eat there once or twice a week when I work down the street. Lamb belly is flavorful and so is the Korean sticky wings

Babyface6200 · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Best BBQ in tthe country comes from Memphis TN tho

Jose Aikee Fernandez · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Herrine looks like broken hearted eating… πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

Dar · July 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

3:20 fact, the pork butt is actually it’s shoulder

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