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Some heroes wear hats, while others (I’m looking at you, pitmasters) wear aprons. Some wear neither, honestly, they just know how to get the cool stuff to the people who want it. If you’re hosting the Fourth of July this year, you can grab some of the best barbecue in the country from Goldbelly’s and time yourself to sip a bourbon drink as it slows down or watch the fireworks explode in the sky. .
Goldbelly’s is an online marketplace for gourmet-ready eats and it works with some of the best-known barbecue joints south (and north) of Mason-Dixon to send slow-cooked meat and barbecue sides to your door.
Momofuku’s Bo Ssum Diner is one of the many great barbecue options on Goldbelly’s.
Don’t worry, I’ve tested it
Not all types of prepared meals freeze and travel well. But barbecue, which is mostly slow-cooked, is well suited for cross-country travel. This plus the amount of time it takes to make real barbecue at home—and how difficult it can be—makes it an excellent candidate for ordering online. Plus, you can score expertly prepared barbecue dinners for up to eight people for less than $100.
To make sure it all went according to plan, I ordered a feast of ribs, brisket, and brisket burnt ends from the coveted Joe’s Casey via Goldbelly. Everything froze and neatly packaged with instructions for reheating and serving. I sear the tender pork ribs on the grill with some of the added sauce included and reheat the charred ends and brisket on the same grill wrapped in foil. Everything came out impossibly tender and bursting with rich barbecue flavor. Oh, and I barely had to lift a finger.
If you’re looking for a true mic drop for this Fourth of July (but minus the labor), I can’t recommend Joe’s highly enough. But there are many easier options on Goldbelly’s and these are some of the best barbecue treats to order online this summer.
This heaping helping of Joe’s barbecue at KC includes a slab of pork ribs, a pound of brisket, a pound of shredded beef with burnt ends and a bottle of sauce.
This may be the best deal out of all of Goldbelly’s barbecue offerings. Dinosaurs have made quite a name for churning out delicious ribs and pork in Upstate New York, but you can get the stuff wherever you live.
Samples include two types of meat (ribs, sausage, pork shoulder, brisket or chicken), as well as a pound of beans and peppers, and two bottles of the sauce. You can also add sausage links, homemade pickles or more sauce to your order for an additional cost.
That’s enough food for eight (maybe more) for less than $95. I’m not sure you can cook it all From scratch For that cheap.
If you prefer vinegar-heavy Carolina barbecue, this sampler of meats, sides, and sauces from King’s BBQ is the one to get. The Oink Sampler feeds four to six people and includes the following:
- 1 pound King’s Hand-Seared Pork Barbecue
- 2 racks of King’s BBQ Pork Ribs
- 1 pint Brunswick Stew
- 1 pint potato salad
- 1 pint slaw
- 12 kings hush puppies
- barbecue sauce (5 oz)
For Memphis barbecue, it doesn’t get much better than Central. This feast includes enough tender ribs and pulled pork for eight hungry party-goers. You’ll also find a jar for rubbing in and a bottle of sauce.
For a unique barbecue experience, Momofuku’s famous Bo Ssum is available for nationwide shipping. This home cooking kit consists of half a pork shoulder that is cured, smoked and roasted for several hours. All you have to do is reheat in your oven and serve with the included rolls and fixins.
While you’re at it, you’ll want to order some extra sides and there’s none more crowd-pleasing than macaroni and cheese. Raffatto’s exquisite offering uses a velvety blend of pale sharp cheddar and American cheese. Put some bread crumbs or Ritz crackers on top of it, pop it in the oven for 25 minutes and you’ll have some seriously happy party guests.
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