American Glory Barbecue, Hudson, NY

American Glory Barbecue, Hudson, NY

Writing and eating in: Rhinebeck, NY and Hudson, NY

I love visiting my family for many reasons. One reason is that they are a pretty awesome bunch. Another is that they remind me why I’m a foodie. I grew up with good food.

On my first day back in the Hudson Valley, my parents took me to one of their favorite local places, American Glory Barbecue in Hudson, a 30-minute drive from their house in Rhinebeck. American Glory is located on Hudson’s main drag in an old firehouse. The exposed brick walls give it a historic feel, but the long bar and the floor to ceiling glass doors keep it fun and fresh.

Beverages

American Glory offers a selection of local beers and spirits to enjoy with your BBQ. Hudson Valley distilleries make everything from absinthe to vodka and what can’t be found locally is imported from elsewhere.

We felt that beer better suited a sunny day and a big platter of Q so we all ordered the Chatham Blonde Ale from Chatham Brewing Company in (you guessed it) Chatham, NY, just 15 miles from Hudson. The beer was light but complex with citrus notes and paired with with our meal.

BBQ


For lunch we split the Ole Glory platter to try a bit of everything. The platter says it serves 2, but we split it between the three of us and had leftovers (which were welcome because the Q at American Glory is so delicious). With the Ole Glory platter we were able to sample spare ribs, Texas hash, St. Louis ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, and a turkey drumstick. Plus there were cornbread (very fluffy, yum), garlic smashed potatoes, collard greens, and cranberry sauce. I tried everything except the drumstick (nobody touched it, we saved it for my brother who had to work and couldn’t come with us). My Dad’s favorite item is the Texas hash, which is a crispy, smoky hash that crumbles with flavor. I liked the St. Louis ribs the best because they were meaty, hearty, and smoky. I’m not sure what Mom’s favorite was, perhaps the pulled pork? All the meats were well-seasoned, quality cuts, and properly cooked. The brisket and pulled pork were easiest to use for tasting the variety of sauces on the table.

Of the sauces on the table, 3 were homemade: mesquite, peach, and hickory. The mesquite was good, but nothing special. I preferred the peach and the hickory. The peach barbecue sauce was light, mildly sweet, and just acidic enough to cut through the smoky flavor of the meat for a few lighter tasting bites throughout the meal. The hickory barbecue sauce was a typical thick, dark barbecue sauce with a kick of pepper at the end to wake up your mouth.

Dessert

Maybe we only had leftovers because Mom and Dad made sure we all saved room for dessert. They promised I was in for yet another treat (as if the Q and beer wasn’t enough)! And they were right.

Dad ordered a take on a red velvet cake (pictured above): a cylinder of red velvet cake layers with sweetened cream cheese in between and chocolate sauce drizzled on top. The cake was moist and the cream cheese added richness to the dessert. It tastes heavier than it looks.

I tried the Kentucky Derby Pie: a chocolate and pecan pie with extra chocolate sauce on top. The texture was a bit crunchy. I prefer a chewy and creamy pecan pie. However, the flavor was phenomenal. It was rich but not overwhelming with a good balance between the chocolate and nut flavors.

Mom chose the dessert I liked best: mixed berry crisp. The crisp was served in a skillet right from the oven. The berries were soft and the topping was both crisp and chewy. A perfect berry crisp.

Would I go back?

Heck yes! This is the best barbecue I’ve had that isn’t made by my Dad. If you’ve eaten his barbecue, you know this is a huge compliment. If you haven’t had my Dad’s Q, then you’ll just have to trust me (even though I’m biased). Seriously, though: Get yourself to American Glory next time you’re in the Hudson Valley.

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