Barbecuing, like painting, usually entails the use of a brush, a master’s touch, and the building anticipation to eat your finished product. Enjoy saucy masterworks with today’s Groupon to Little Louie’s BBQ in Collingswood. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of barbecue for two.
- For $29, you get $60 worth of barbecue for four.<p>
Pitmaster Gerald Dougherty sizzles meat in cherrywood, applewood, and hickory smokers, mingling regional barbecue flavors with his gourmet restaurant know-how. The menu indexes distinct flavor amalgamations, such as the grilled shrimp and cheesy grits paired with house-made buffalo chorizo sausage ($16.95). Cherrywood-smoked duck ($17.95), alternatively, couples with cherry-chipotle sauce and a smoked-tomato chutney. Diners can draw their unoccupied forks to challenge cowboy movie posters to duels while saucing up fingers and munching on half racks of ribs ($15.95) or sandwiches made from brisket smoked for 20 hours ($9.50). Turquoise walls and rustic barrels decorate the fragrant, retro meat arena, and old Western stars gallop through tumbleweeds on TVs that span 70 inches.
Little Louie's BBQ
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.