Hill Country BBQ – New York City

About a month ago I took the Bolt Bust to New York City from Cherry Hill for an interview at 30 Rock with NBC. But, I’m not here to talk about an interview! Interviews are boring am I right!? On my way up I decided to make a quasi trip of it and knowing full well NYC has it’s fair share of food options I did some research.  Daisey Mae’s run by one on of my food heroes, Adam Perry Lang, has a food truck near 30rock. Just outside of it in fact!. Sadly, or more correctly DUH!, yelp was wrong yet again. Maybe they’re not, in any case, I couldn’t find the cart. /sadface. You might think that after that I had to “settle” on someplace else, but I didn’t. It’s NYC and my outlook is just not that grim in life. I ended up going to Hill Country on west 26th street. It was about 15,000 blocks away from where I had to go.  But, see, this is what I do. I go out of my way for something good. =)

Hill Country BBQ New York City

Hill Country BBQ New York City

And boy was it good.

I managed to swing in after the lunchtime crowd and thus missed any lines. It was a straight shot to the counter in the back for take out. You’re greeted as you walk in and they direct you from there.  Pick up counters are near the front. Following me still? Good.  I was greeted by a nice server as I walked up to the counter.  We spoke for a minute about what he reccomend’s (my little test). After no time consideration I ordered the “Longhorn Brisket Chomp” special. You can find it on their menu here, and also here but I’ll list the contents here for us anyways. 1/3 pound Brisket, one side, and cornbread. Upon reflection I should have gone with the Pitmasters special to taste their entire offering.

The type of brisket I got was from the “lean” section. There’s less/no fat on it. The moist section still contains the bulk of the fat. There are upsides and downside to both. With the Moist you get a generally more flavorfull piece due to the fat, but you also run the risk of an upset tummy with all that fat. Be selective with it. The Lean end is still flavorful just not as potent as the moist and can on occassion be a tad bit drier. Not a bad thing, just some things to consider.  The side I ended up getting was the Sweet Potato Bourbon Mash.

Hill Country Sweet Potato Bourbon Mash

Hill Country Sweet Potato Bourbon Mash

I’m happy to report the Brisket was fantastic. It was so loose that i’m not really sure how they got it to break so far apart yet hold together. Yet the meat looked good and moist. There was a nice small amount of a smoke ring on it and you could definitely taste it too. The Sweet Potato – recommended by the counter guy, was ahhhhmazing.  It’s hard to mess up Sweet Potato – lord knows I’ve done it! – but this was something fierce. You know how Potato’s tend to have an overpowering taste to them, kind of like a whole heap of onions, this didn’t.  That mixture of…whatever it is they add other than the bourbon, is damn good. Real sweet and juicy with a clean aftertaste.  Lastly was the cornbread.  How you get cornbread to be this good I just do not know. Cornbread by nature is fairly bland but this was really fluffy, and bold  (this is only time I’ll ever describe cornbread as BOLD!).

I highly recommend Hill Country as a BBQ place to stop in NYC if you want to have a somewhat close taste to “texas” bbq.  The Service was nice, the decor was spot on, and the food was outstanding.  I’d go back if there weren’t 10 other bbq places in NYC to try too!