Connecticut’s BBQ scene is on fire
Do you smell smoke? It’s our annual live episode celebrating all things grilled, smoked, and barbecued. The pitmaster behind Hindsight Barbecue in Waterbury and West Hartford is our guest for the hour. Plus, local pitmaster Darryl Thomas of Thomas' Smokey Pit Stop in Manchester shares the inspirations behind his recipes and answers your barbecue questions too.
Where is your favorite barbecue joint in the state? Are you a fan of Kansas City, Carolina, Memphis or Texas-style barbecue? We’re gonna make a case for a thing called Connecticut-style barbecue because the pitmasters in our state are on fire.
We want to know where you’re getting your pulled pork, ribs, brisket, smoked sausages, and burnt ends. If it’s covered in sauce or piled high on a tray with slaw and a side of cornbread, we want to hear about it.
- Jeff Schmidt: Co-owner of Hindsight Barbecue in Waterbury and West Hartford, Conn. (@hindsightbbq)
- Darryl Thomas: Owner/pitmaster of Thomas' Smokey Pit Stop, Manchester, Conn. (@thomassmokeypitstop)
Cookbooks that'll up your BBQ game:
Rodney Scott's World of BBQ by Rodney Scott
Franklin Smoke: Wood. Fire. Food. by Aaron Franklin
Thank You for Smoking by Paula Disbrowe
Ed Mitchell's Barbecue by Ed and Ryan Mitchell with Zella Palmer
Further reading on the history of barbecue:
Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue by Adrian Miller
From Barbycu to Barbecue: The Untold History of an American Tradition by Joseph R. Haynes
Listener shout outs:
Dog Watch, Mystic, Conn.
Ricky D's Rib Shack, New Haven (Want to see 70 sisters enjoying Ricky's BBQ? Go to Ricky D's Instagram page)
Taino Smokehouse, Middletown and Meriden, Conn.
Sub Edge Farm, Farmington and Avon, Conn. (Not a BBQ shout out, but a local pasture-raised beef, pork, and poultry shout out)
This show was produced by Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Catie Talarski, Meg Dalton, Stephanie Stender, Tagan Engel, Katrice Claudio, Meg Fitzgerald and Sabrina Herrera. Gene Amatruda was our technical producer. Our interns are Stacey Addo and Carol Chen.