Best BBQ

One of our favorite mags—Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel—has a story this month about the best BBQ joints in America. It includes this item about one of our favorites in our next-door neighborhood, the Bywater.

New Orleans: The Joint
A year before Hurricane Katrina hit, husband-and-wife owners Pete and Jenny Breen outfitted an abandoned building in New Orleans’s Bywater neighborhood with wooden benches and a giant black smoker. After the storm, the duo reopened right away, trucking in meat to cook free meals for neighbors. Today, they’re still pleasing locals with spicy, Cajun-style sausages and rapidly gaining a reputation as one of America’s best stops for BBQ pork ribs, rubbed in spice and smoked for hours until they gain a crisp, caramelized coating and fall-off-the-bone texture. End the meal with a traditional Southern specialty, extra-creamy peanut butter pie. 801 Poland Ave., 504/949-3232, ribs plate $10.

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