For more than 30 years, the team at Woody’s Bar B Q has been perfecting its methods for slow-roasted meats to cook melt-in-your-mouth ribs, brisket, and other specialty barbecue recipes. From the signature full rack of baby back ribs—slow cooked in Woody’s secret marinade recipe—to tender, slow-smoked north carolina pork, savory meats take center stage at the casual, family-friendly eateries. Woody’s Bar B Q was initially founded in Jacksonville, Florida, and now can be found in several states—like Ben Franklin’s progeny.
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 and various bear hugs.
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.
Though his dishes once occupied the white-linen tablecloths of Philadelphia’s finest restaurants, Chef Gerald Dougherty now prefers making napkins messy with his signature recipes of rich, meaty barbecue fare. The former head chef of L'Aigla D'Or and Founders at the Bellevue, Chef Gerald currently oversees the pit at Little Louie's BBQ, a casual eatery he opened to satisfy his hankering for down-home grub. Not one to color within the lines, he draws on barbecue styles from across the country—think North Carolina, Kansas City, and Memphis—and smokes his meats over cherrywood, applewood, and hickory chips.
Little Louie’s dining room betrays the same down-home inspirations as its menu. Rustic lumber lines the countertops, and light fixtures reminiscent of branches illuminate the expansive space. If they can peel their eyes away from the beef brisket and pulled pork on their plates, guests will notice Butch Cassidy and Lone Ranger posters hanging from the walls, classic Western movies playing on the 70-inch flat-screen television, and outlaws discreetly taking down Wanted signs that bear their uncanny resemblances.