Billy Durney – Hometown BBQ

Billy Durney brings his award-winning Brooklyn vibe from Hometown BBQ in Red Hook, where they dish up some of the finest BBQ in New York with authentic, pit-smoked meats prepared in the classic Southern technique of smoking on oak wood.

After almost 20 years in the security and private protection field, during which he kept a close eye on some of the country’s most public figures, Brooklyn native Billy Durney has fulfilled a longtime dream by taking the helm as pitmaster and owner at Hometown Bar-B-Que. Since first learning to smoke meat as a youngster during visits to his grandparents’ cabin in rural Pennsylvania, Billy has spent years obsessing over his barbecue, traveling around the United States and abroad perfecting his techniques. Starting in the backyard, cooking for family and friends, he has now realized his lifelong passion for wood, fire and meat. “I love cooking with wood, and I love manipulating flavors,” he says. “I’m just trying to cook the best bite I can cook. I don’t know what to call it. We’re doing it in Brooklyn, and I’m very proud to be part of that community.”