Slideshow: Mable's Smokehouse vs. Fette Sau: The State of Brooklyn Barbecue

Brisket Sandwich at Mable's
Brisket Sandwich at Mable's
The best thing we ate was the cubed barbecue brisket sandwich ($9.95), made with the fatty end of the brisket. Served on a hamburger bun, the brisket was tender, moist, and smoky, although it could have done without the ubiquitous sweet sauce
Beef Brisket at Mable's
Beef Brisket at Mable's
Made with the first cut of brisket, it's a little drier and tougher than we'd like.
Queso dip ($5.00) at Mable's
Queso dip ($5.00) at Mable's
Perfectly satisfying in a beer-drinking way.
Potato salad, corn, mac n' cheese at Mable's ($3.95 each)
Potato salad, corn, mac n' cheese at Mable's ($3.95 each)
The mac and cheese was incredibly bland, but the corn off the cob was fresh and tasty and well-seasoned; potato salad was of the mayonnaisey kind.
Drinks at Mable's ($8 each)
Drinks at Mable's ($8 each)
We quite enjoyed the mint julep, heavier on the mint and booze than the sugar; the spiked cherry limeade and Crown Royal-Dr. Pepper drinks were obviously sweeter, but absolutely fun.
Collards, baked beans at Mable's ($3.95 each), pickles and onions
Collards, baked beans at Mable's ($3.95 each), pickles and onions
The collards were porky and buttery. The baked beans were too sweet; the borracho beans are the better bet.
Lamb Belly at Fette Sau
Lamb Belly at Fette Sau
By far the best thing we tried. The meat itself was so good, so lamby and smoky and tender, we all fought over the quarter pound we ordered.
Lamb loin at Fette Sau
Lamb loin at Fette Sau
We loved the lamb belly, but this tasted like overcooked leg of lamb.
Sausage ($4/link) at Fette Sau
Sausage ($4/link) at Fette Sau
Reasonably juicy, with big cubes of pork fat.