MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis, St. Louis, Kansas City, Austin — and Brooklyn?
Don’t look for the New York City borough to be added to the list of barbecue capitals anytime soon, at least according to social media. And people who eat barbecue.
A post from the Vice media-associated Munchies blog posited that a growing number of barbecue restaurants in Brooklyn constituted a trend, if not a regional style. The article is almost four years old but, because the Internet is quirky, people just started noticing it.
“Brooklyn BBQ is more stylish, more loose,” one chef told Munchies.
This weekend, the Internet chimed in. With almost 10,000 replies by Monday afternoon, plenty of locals from the Barbecue Belt let Munchies know that this is not a photo of barbecue:
— MUNCHIES (@munchies) March 4, 2018
Sad! One of the first responses came from the Memphis Grizzlies:
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) March 4, 2018
Someone from our #MemphisInMay Division will look further into this!
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) March 4, 2018
Even New Yorkers laughed at the comparison:
Brooklyn barbecue is trash and this picture is a hate crime. https://t.co/LapnZH6LMU
— Paul Holes stan account (@sugar_boogers) March 4, 2018
every bar in this borough looks like a blown-out Amish barn, and there's an $18 cup of coffee in my neighborhood, of course Brooklyn can't make barbecue.
— 𝚗𝚊𝚝𝚎 (@natehankz) March 4, 2018
Brooklyn barbecue vs literally any other style of BBQ pic.twitter.com/a2v9bFLI1p
— Andrew Manou (@AndrewManou) March 5, 2018
But, Brooklyn barbecue did have a few defenders:
Hot take: there actually is good barbecue in Brooklyn, Vice is just bad
— berniesanders.com/call (@Vint13) March 4, 2018