Top 5 BBQ
“It’s a smoking good day!” are the words that greet every customer as they walk through the door. When the smoker doors are open, it doesn’t take long before you smell the pecan and oak smoke. Foil-wrapped Prime briskets emerge from a warmer. As the foil is peeled away, the black bark of a well-smoked brisket emerges. Get it by the slice. The fat cap on the lean side melds with the smoke, and a powerful rub that includes turmeric, cumin, and curry powder keeps things more interesting than just salt and pepper. The same goes for the enormous beef short ribs, the cut that Jay-Z prefers. Yes, you read that right. Jay Z and Beyoncé stopped at Top 5 while the couple was in town for a concert. So if you want to side with Jay-Z, order the spectacular beef rib.
Method: Pecan and Oak in a gas-fired rotisserie
Pitmaster: Kendon Greene
Four years ago, Davetta Greene bought a used barbecue pit for $40. It was a gift for her husband, Kendon. After fried pork chops caused two separate fires in their home kitchen, she thought it was time he moved his cooking outside. He didn’t take to the pitmaster role immediately. “It was horrible,” he told me as …