Hot Spots

Ever eat some place that you just had to tell your friends about?  Of course you have. Well that’s what Hot Spots is all about.  I’m sharing some of the hottest BBQ spots I’ve eaten at in the USA!

Have somewhere notable that deserves a mention?  Send me a msg on the Contact page and I’ll share it here per your recommendation!


Syracuse, NY – Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

You better get here early if you want some of the Dinosaurs meats.  This place gets packed fast.  The famous upstate NY BBQ house has a great selection of your favorite smoked meat meals, tasty sides, & a great brew offering.

246 W Willow St.
Syracuse, NY 13202

Pinkies Barbeque – Binghamton, NY

A local favorite with traditional BBQ style. They say it’s fast food cooked low & slow and it is delicious. If you like brisket that falls apart to the touch & melts in your mouth then you need to stop by this little gem and give them a try.

1168 Upper Front St.
Binghamton, NY 13905

Conklin, NY – Big Dipper BBQ 2

It doesn’t look like much from the road, but this little family owned business that provides delicious BBQ to the Southern Tier of Binghaton.  I work nearby and have made a few visits for lunch.  I really enjoy their pulled pork sandwiches.

1167 Conklin Road
Conklin, NY 13748

McTasty’s Backyard – Only by invite, no trespassing please!  @SmokinMcTasty


Susquehanna, PA – Red Rock BBQ & Ice Cream

Red Rock BBQ is a favorite of mine to visit on lunch breaks and any time I’m in the PA border region. You can’t go wrong with their brisket, smoked chicken wings, baked beans, & corn bread. Cheesy grits are tasty too! If you’re traveling through northern PA please do yourself a favor and stop in for a bite!

33288 Route 171

Susquehanna, PA 18847

-Located 1 mile off exit 230 from route 81

Red Rock BBQ


Arlington, TN – Plumpy’s BBQ 

I’ve eaten at this little BBQ shop several times while visiting the area for work.  They have excellent pulled pork sandwiches, slaw, & other side dishes.  You get great service & friendly staff.  You can pick up a bottle of their meat rub as well while there for a visit. It’s definitely worth a stop, so check’em out!

11875 Highway 70, Ste 103
Arlington, Tennessee, TN 38002

Plumpy’s BBQ (Facebook)


Coppell, TX – Hard Eight BBQ

Although it’s a chain restaurant in Texas, you can’t go wrong claiming some delicious BBQ here. You notice as soon as you walk in that they take BBQ serious when you see their massive piles of mesquite and large smokers. Don’t be shied away if the lines look long, they move you through to the dining area quickly and even have water spritz and fans blowing to keep you cool while you snake through their line to make your custom meal selections.

688 Freeport Pkwy

Coppell, TX 75019

Hard Eight BBQ