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Splurge or Steal? BBQ

Barbecue requires a strategy. If you walk into a barbecue joint and don’t have a plan it can be easy to succumb to every tempting smoked meat and side on the menu — and the cost can add up fast. If you’re on a budget, go for BBQ sandwiches stuffed with tender meat, which have all the flavor — without the spendy price tag. Here are some of our ‘cue favorites, whether you’re splurging or saving.

 

BBQ at Mighty Quinn's (Photo: Mighty Quinn's)

BBQ at Mighty Quinn’s (Photo: Mighty Quinn’s)

••• SPLURGE •••

Brisket, Spare Ribs and Sides at Mighty Quinn’s, $24.10
At Mighty Quinn’s you can build your own combination of the perfect meal from a list of meats and sides. Say you’re craving some brisket ($8.95) and spare ribs ($8.95), along with a couple of sides like pomme frites ($3.10) and burnt-end baked beans ($3.10) — this feast comes in at under $25, which still is somewhat of a steal for the quality and size of the meal. 103 2nd Ave., 212-677-3733, mightyquinnsbbq.com

The Pitmaster at Hill Country Barbeque Market, $27
The best barbecue experiences are sloppy, smoky and varied. The Pitmaster at Hill Country Barbeque Market is a combo option that includes 1/4 pound of lean brisket ($2 more for moist brisket), one pork spare rib, one beef rib, 1/4 chicken and two 8-ounce sides. It will be difficult to choose just two when the options include beer-braised pinto beans, collard greens, Longhorn cheddar mac and cheese, skillet cornbread and more. 30 W. 26th St., 212-255-4544, hillcountryny.com

 

••• SAVE •••

Pulled Pork Sandwich at John Brown Smokehouse, $10
Barbeque fanatics venture to Long Island City in Queens for the slow-smoked flavors of John Brown Smokehouse. A sandwich with half a pound of pulled pork is just $10. At this casual joint, there’s a back patio with picnic tables for sitting down to devour your sandwich. If sides are a must, a decent portion of mac and cheese or baked beans is just $4. 10-43 44th Dr., Long Island City, Queens, 347-617-1120, johnbrownseriousbbq.com

Beef Brisket Sandwich at Butcher Bar, $10.99
All of the meat at the Butcher Bar is 100 percent grass-fed, organic and local, making the hearty beef brisket sandwich a guilt-free indulgence. The beef brisket here is dry-rubbed and slow-smoked for 12 hours before being sliced and piled high for the signature beef brisket sandwich. Served with house slaw and a pickle, sides aren’t even necessary. 37-08 30th Ave., Astoria, Queens, 718-606-8140, butcherbar.com

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