People all over the world love Brooks' BBQ and their sauces found at grocery stores nationwide. How many times have you taken a road trip to Oneonta just for some Brooks BBQ? 

The coveted James Beard Award goes to a family owned restaurants with not only excellent food, but are loved by their community, and has also stood the test of time. The late James Beard was a mentor and teacher to world class chefs focusing on wholesome, healthy American cuisine. The press release captures Brooks BBQ perfectly.

BROOKS' HOUSE OF BBQ, ONEONTA, NEW YORK (OWNERS: BETH AND RYAN BROOKS)

Brooks' began in 1912 when John McClelland and his wife founded a chicken farm in upstate New York. A catering business followed, then a drive-in, then, in 1961, Brooks' BBQ. Their grandson is at the helm today. The rust-and-toffee interior features rooster-print wallpaper, a scalloped lunch counter, and state-themed paper placemats that detail the entirety of the “Brooks’ BBQ Campus.” The complex includes a banquet center, gift store, children’s park, picnic area, and a sauce bottling plant. Cooked on a 38-foot indoor charcoal pit, the barbecue chicken emerges with blistered skin and backyard flavor that goes bone-deep. A spiced apple ring, dyed deep garnet, tops each bird. Set on a backroad that cuts into the Catskills, Brooks' is a memory-making place for families driving to and from the mountains.


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