Fat Jack's BBQ?s proprietor Glenn Gross has always been passionate about barbecue. Starting at the age of 11, Glenn manned the grill at family cookouts, fine-tuning his technique and flavors over the years. He eventually brushed aside career paths in dentistry and music to claim his favorite job title?pitmaster.
In order to develop the combination of meats, rubs, and sauces that Fat Jack?s uses to this day, in the early ?90s, Glenn traveled to the nation's barbecue meccas?Texas, the Carolinas, Kansas City, and Memphis. He learned how to create dishes such as Carolina pulled pork, St. Louis?style ribs, and Texas beef brisket. Now, his rich blends of spice rubs and notes of smoke have won him more than 200 national and local awards including being winner of Burger Brawl 2013 - Best Burger in Philly, 3rd overall Best Burger in the World Food Championships, and being featured on Destination America's BBQ Pitmasters.
In a city known for its cheesesteaks, it can be difficult to find a beef brisket smoked to Midwestern perfection. Enter Anastasio Botsaris, the chef and owner of Phoebe's Bar-B-Q. Botsaris and his pit crew call forth a wide array of Oklahoma-style barbecue meats from the fires of their kitchen. They stress simplicity above all else, letting their smoked rotisserie chickens and pulled-pork sandwiches speak for themselves. They don't skimp on the sides, either, which include candied yams and collard greens, which are best washed down with a tall pint of barbecue sauce.
Nine months after a single barbequed rib from the Deep South crossed the border for a romantic tryst with a lovely quesadilla, an Einstein-Rosen-Podolsky bridge opened beneath the result of their secret union, bearing it to Philadelphia. Visit the fated offspring of Mexican fare and Southern-style barbeque with today's Groupon to Q BBQ & Tequila in Old City: for $10, you'll get $25 worth of cuisine and tequilas.
If you’re pork-passionate, beef-bananas, and sausage-smitten, today’s Groupon will melt your little animal protein-loving heart. For $25, you’ll stuff your stomach with all the skewered meat you can eat at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse. The cost per person of the unlimited rodizio dinner is $39.50, so you'll have money left over for drinks and dessert to get your $50 value at Chima.
The windows of El Camino Real are painted with elaborate mini-murals: you’ll find Mexican wrestlers, goats, dragons and gunslingers all depicted in a row. This somewhat-boisterous but never off-putting Northern Liberties spot serves what might be called Tex-Mex and barbecue comfort-food staples, like huge plates of nachos, tacos that range from chicken to bacon, beef short-rib, pulled pork sandwiches and barbecue platters. A handful of less-expected items include vegetarian wings that will satisfy even the staunchest of meat eaters. The yellow stucco walls and banquettes lined with Mexican blankets might make you want to settle in to a Southwestern reverie with one of El Camino’s blood-orange margaritas.
There are five burgers on the menu at Smokin’ Betty’s, but there’s really only one choice for your first visit. The comically huge Tur-Duck-En burger comes with housemade stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and ribbons of sweet potato piled atop a juicy patty.