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' 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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