Arrogant Swine

173 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211
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(347) 328-5595

Cuisine: BBQ
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: All Major
Price: BBQ is $24 per pound
Hours: Mon-Fri 5pm – 2am, Sat & Sun 11am – 2am
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 11am – 4pm
Booze: Full bar
Subway: L train to Morgan
Delivery: None
Eater says:

New York City virtually turns its back on many other significant barbecue traditions, apart from a dish or two sprinkled around area menus, including that of Memphis; Owensboro, Kentucky; St. Louis, Kansas City, and Chicago; and, most significantly, North and South Carolina. This is one reason Arrogant Swine is so welcome. Located on the border of East Williamsburg and Bushwick near the English Kills Canal, Arrogant Swine is the brainchild of pitmaster Tyson Ho, who studied under perpetual Barbecue Block Party participant Ed Mitchell, sometimes called the Pope of North Carolina barbecue. The hulking 3,000 foot space is a former warehouse, with high ceilings, a full bar, and a counter at the rear where the smoked meat and sides are sold by the plate or by the pound. Place your order and receive a number hoisted on a metal rod; carry it to your table and your meat horde will be delivered by and by. There’s an outside seating area, too, with giant graffiti murals decorating the outside walls of the building, and an L-shaped shack out back where the barbecuing is done. The traditional pulled pork of eastern North Carolina ($24 per pound) arrives in half-pound paper boats already doused with vinegar and dotted with crunchy pork rinds. On the platter ($15), you also get cornbread and either vinegar or mayo coleslaw… We finished up our draft beers and strode into the night, glad to have Arrogant Swine as a dining resource in what remains a little-visited industrial neighborhood. And the ‘cue is, on the whole, damn good.