The nation's barbecue aficionados snickered when Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group first broached the idea of opening a barbecue restaurant just off Park Avenue South in Manhattan. But Meyer put the project, Blue Smoke, in the hands of Ken Callaghan, who did such a bang-up job that he is now credited with sparking an urban barbecue movement both in New York City and across the country. Callaghan, a self-taught New Jersey native, cooked at the Helmsley Palace Hotel and the Russian ...

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