I recently came across this list of Long Island's Best BBQ as chosen by AOL users. It's a fairly depressing list. Many of these restaurants don't cook real barbeque. I've been to most of these places, and a couple are great but a few of them really suck.
Barbecue, barbeque or BBQ, however you spell it, is the cooking of meat for long periods of time over a low temperture wood or charcoal fire. I know I'm being a purist, but I've taken an oath to celebrate, teach, preserve, and promote barbecue as a culinary technique, sport and art form. There's so much work to do.
Here's the list. Take it for what it's worth. All opinions come from AOL. Check them out and discover the real deals among the phonies.
1. Smokin' Al's Bay Shore
2. Famous Dave's Smithtown
3. Spare Rib Commack
4. R. S. Jones Merrick
5. Spicy's BBQ Riverhead
6. Eldorado Southern BBQ Centereach
7. Turtle Crossing East Hampton
8. Farmer Bar Cutchogue