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Big W's Roadside Bar-B-Q

1475 Route 22, Wingdale, NY - (845) 832-6200
Posted By Melissa Payton on 1/1/2007 10:02:00 AM
Warren is such a mensch! After picking up my husband from a three-day Appalachian Trail hike, which ended near Pawling, we headed to his roadside stand at about 6 p.m. This was a Wednesday evening and though I had read in the New York Times that he often closes early because he runs out of ribs, I wasn't worried.

So when we pulled up behind a group of three adults and learned that there were two whole chickens left and one rack of ribs, we were worried. The group in front of us bought the ribs, and then Warren somehow found another half-rack. Because we were his last customers, and maybe because we told him that Rick was famished from the trail, he sold us a whole chicken and the ribs, plus three of each of the sides -- beans, rice and slaw -- for $15! Then, because we wanted to picnic (we were too far from home, and Rick was too hungry, for us to schlep everything home) he gave us directions to a nice park in town, and cut up and divided the ribs and chicken into individual portions for the four of us (our kids were with us). It was one of the best picnics I've ever had: a beautiful day, great food, low price. Then we ate the leftovers for days. Amazing.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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A half-pound of brisket tumbles from its bun. All those falling-off shreds are especially delicious.
"A half-pound of brisket tumbles from its bun. All those falling-off shreds are especially delicious."
Michael Stern





Warren Norstein knows his way around a brisket. It is a joy to watch him slice it and pile the meat high on a bun.
"Warren Norstein knows his way around a brisket. It is a joy to watch him slice it and pile the meat high on a bun."
Michael Stern


The medium-size pulled pork sandwich is really very large, and so overstuffed that it is virtually impossible to lift like a regular sandwich. The pork benefits immensely from Big W's excellent spicy sauce.
"The medium-size pulled pork sandwich is really very large, and so overstuffed that it is virtually impossible to lift like a regular sandwich. The pork benefits immensely from Big W's excellent spicy sauce."
Michael Stern


Cracklin's, too rich to eat all by themselves, are an inspired garnish for mashed potatoes.
"Cracklin's, too rich to eat all by themselves, are an inspired garnish for mashed potatoes."
Michael Stern


These were easily the finest ribs we've had outside of the barbecue belt.
"These were easily the finest ribs we've had outside of the barbecue belt."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Corn pudding is a stout side dish that requires serious excavation.
"Corn pudding is a stout side dish that requires serious excavation."
Michael Stern


Clockwise from the top: beans, slaw, sauce, and rice.
"Clockwise from the top: beans, slaw, sauce, and rice."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Formerly a roadside smoker, Big W's now is brick-and-mortar with indoor tables and booths.
"Formerly a roadside smoker, Big W's now is brick-and-mortar with indoor tables and booths."
Michael Stern


A peek at the ribs during their eight hour smoking operation.  The pork shoulder, for the pulled pork, smokes overnight.  The chickens smoke for 5-6 hours.
"A peek at the ribs during their eight hour smoking operation. The pork shoulder, for the pulled pork, smokes overnight. The chickens smoke for 5-6 hours."
Stewart Wurtzel



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