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Top 5 Barbecue Spots in New York’s Capital Region

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As the sun casts its warm glow and the birds serenade us with their songs, the aroma of sizzling barbecues wafts through the air ‌in ‍New ‍York’s Capital Region. With a plethora of barbecue⁢ joints scattered across the region, everyone seems to have their⁤ own‍ preferred spot for indulging ⁣in succulent ⁢ribs, mouth-watering pulled pork, and other BBQ classics.

To help⁣ you ⁣navigate the BBQ scene and make your dining choices⁤ a tad easier, we’ve curated ⁣a list of the top five barbecue destinations‌ in our corner of⁣ upstate ⁣NY.

1. PJ’s‌ BAR-B-QSA in⁢ Saratoga ⁤Springs

Regularly gracing the ⁤winner’s podium‌ at regional barbecue‍ competitions, ⁤PJ’s BAR-B-QSA boasts an‌ extensive menu that covers the full spectrum⁤ of American BBQ styles. From New York State Fair‍ chicken and North Carolina pulled ‍pork to Kansas City⁣ ribs ⁣and Texas beef brisket, they’ve got it all. ⁣They even cater to​ diverse dietary ​needs with Pacific Northwest smoked salmon and a selection of gluten-free ⁣and vegan⁣ options. If you’re planning to order ahead, ⁢PJ’s advises allowing plenty of time ⁢due to their popularity.

Address: ‌1 ‌Kaydeross Ave W,⁣ Saratoga Springs

Website: pjsbarbqsa.com

2. Rollin’ Smoke BBQ⁤ in ⁤Clifton Park

Rollin’ Smoke BBQ, a family-owned restaurant ⁣in Halfmoon, has ⁣evolved⁣ from a humble food truck into a⁢ sought-after BBQ hotspot. Their menu, which includes favorites⁣ like brisket, chicken wings, and ribs, has earned rave⁢ reviews from Gazette staff and locals alike. Rollin’ Smoke takes pride in sourcing ingredients locally and offering ⁤local beers, adding another​ layer of appeal⁤ to their ⁢tantalizing offerings.

“Their smoked brisket. That’s all I need,” Gazette’s‌ Caroline Lee wrote in ⁢her 2022 recap of ​the year’s best local food. “Go and have brisket, ‌or whatever they’re pushing. ⁤It’s all great stuff.”

Address: ⁢1613 US-9, Clifton⁤ Park, NY

Website: Rollin’ Smoke on Facebook

3.‌ Kaleidoscope Cafe in Saratoga Springs

At⁣ first glance, barbecue and ice cream might seem like an unlikely duo, but⁢ Bruce Wadsworth, the ⁣owner of Kaleidoscope‌ Cafe, has successfully married‌ these two delights. Despite being‌ a⁤ relatively new player in the⁢ BBQ⁣ scene,⁤ Wadsworth’s unique blend ‌of sweet and savory has quickly become a local favorite. He emphasizes the quality of‍ the⁣ meat and encourages customers to taste it before ⁤adding any of the ‍four available sauces.

“The sauce with my barbecue should be the enhancement at the end,” Wadsworth told ⁢The Daily Gazette.

Address: 588 ⁣Lake ⁣Ave, Saratoga Springs,⁢ NY

Website: kaleidoscopecafe.com

4. Memphis King in Schenectady

Memphis‍ King, a southern-style smokehouse nestled in the heart of Schenectady, is renowned for its ribs and brisket.⁣ However, their menu extends beyond ⁣these classics, featuring innovative combinations‌ of fries, meats, and other elements, all ‌seasoned with Memphis-style spices.

“There are a lot of‍ BBQ options,⁣ we like to stay traditional,” owner Brandon Canton told the Gazette. ⁣”We are a traditional smokehouse, it’s really all about the meat.”

Address: 1902 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, NY

Website: thememphisking.com

5. Miller’s Backyard BBQ in Cohoes

Previously known as​ The Pig Pit,‍ Miller’s Backyard ‍BBQ has retained the flavors that have ‍made it a beloved BBQ destination for Albany residents. Specializing in dry-rub chicken and ⁢other BBQ staples, Miller’s often sells out of ​certain items, so it’s advisable ⁤to order in advance to​ ensure you get to savor their delectable offerings.

Address: ⁣ 1 Niver St,⁢ Cohoes, NY

Website: millersbackyardbbqllc.com

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Emily Stanton
Emily Stanton
Emily Stanton, a skillful journalist previously based in Boston, is adept at covering a diverse array of stories. Her thorough and engaging reporting style, honed with a Master's in Journalism from Boston University, focuses on community-relevant stories.
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3 COMMENTS

  1. I completely disagree with this list. There are so many better barbecue spots in the Capital Region that deserve to be recognized.

  2. I disagree with this list. There are definitely better barbecue spots in the Capital Region that should be recognized.

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