Nick Solares of The Meat Show, an Eater exclusive, recently featured Bill Durney's BBQ joint in New York City, Hometown Bar-B-Que. Hometown has received buzz and praise over the years, and it is well-earned. Of the few barbecue spots in New York City, it is close to being authentically Texan. But it's not Texan.
Durney, in the episode and in past interviews, has pointed to a trip to the beloved Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas as the beginning of his career as a meat master. A former bodyguard, he now practices his passion in Hometown, and has put a few spins on Texan barbecue that make sense for a New York joint. Hometown is a fantastic Northeast BBQ joint, but it is not below the Mason-Dixon line.
And that's something Eater forgot with this one little tweet.
-- Eater (@Eater) March 14, 2017
From there, well, you can guess how it went down.
I literally had @SaltLickBBQ shipped to NYC rather than eat the BBQ there.
-- adam harris (@AdamHSays) March 14, 2017
-- Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) March 14, 2017
@Eater go to hell
(I'm not even Texan but I lived there for a little and still feel this deep within my bones)
-- Joshua Cain (@joshpcain) March 14, 2017
-- Josh Perry (@MrJoshPerry) March 14, 2017
-- Sarah Quinlan (@sarahmquinlan) March 14, 2017
@Eater there isnt even a smoke ring lmao
-- James Smith (@jsmith6919) March 14, 2017
-- mike taddow (@taddmike) March 14, 2017
-- Daniel (@_DHearn_) March 14, 2017
-- Texans Fanatic (@_Texans_Fanatic) March 14, 2017
As a Marylander by birth who now lives in Texas, I'll fully stand behind Texas BBQ as supreme. How can you even deny that smoke ring?
-- SN0WBLACK_THE_ORACLE (@sportsmediaLM) March 14, 2017
— cx (@cxcope) March 15, 2017
— BBQTweetUp'r Bananas (@geauxcrimson) March 14, 2017
— mike taddow (@taddmike) March 14, 2017
@Eater Bless your heart.
— This is Prescott (@prescottb) March 14, 2017
— CUSAbbs (@CUSAbbs) March 14, 2017
— William J. (@WiIIiamJackson) March 14, 2017
@Eater Damnit Eater... Stop getting us New Yorkers yelled at about titles we ain't even fighting for... Just let us do us and hush up
— Sankofa NYC (@SankofaNYC) March 14, 2017
— Ryan Grimes (@RyanGrimes04) March 14, 2017
So, there you have it. Whether Eater meant it or not, they definitely knew what they were doing when they tried to start Barbecue Claim World War III.
Go home Eater, you're drunk. Hometown Bar-B-Que, you're alright though. Any joint that draws from Texas brisket for inspiration is good by me!