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Virgil’s BBQ Rocked My World Plus A Recipe From The Chef

I had the chance to sit down with the people behind Virgil’s BBQ in NYC and get an exclusive recipe to share with my readers. Their BBQ is like nothing else! A must visit if you are traveling to Manhattan.

Virgil's BBQ Rocked My World Plus A Recipe From The Chef

Virgil’s BBQ Rocked My World Plus A Recipe From The Chef

I know I shouldn’t start with a dessert picture, but it’s so darn funny!!

Over the weekend, I attended the Family Travel Conference – an event co-hosted by,, and you know, I recently became a Traveling Mom. So, I was thrilled for the opportunity. The group had lunch at Virgil’s BBQ to celebrate the fact that their newest restaurant is opening at… wait for it… The Atlantis in the Bahamas! I mean – AS IF that resort needed one more amazing things for their guests to do! 🙂

The Atlantis Resort is in the Bahamas and is now home to the 2nd Virgil’s BBQ. This is not a cookie cutter chain, folks. This is amazing food found in 2 amazing places.

Virgil's BBQ wings

So, let’s talk about these wings. Usually, I take the time to take better photographs – but I couldn’t WAIT to eat. So, I just snapped and grabbed. LOL. When I picked up my wings, one literally fell apart before making it to my plate. You can see the bone on the left side of the picture. It just popped right out. Oh man… so good.

Virgil’s BBQ owner and chef Artie Cutler (who also owns Carmine’s BTW – home of the best-stuffedd artichoke in NYC if you ask me) spoke to the group and put on a little demonstration for the Family Travel Conference group. Then he offered up the following rub recipe. I’m pretty sure I killed someone diving for a pen and pad because there was NO WAY I was leaving that restaurant without the info. LOL

Virgil’s BBQ Rub Recipe (in fluid ounces)

5.5 ounces of sweet paprika

3 ounces granulated sugar

1.5 ounces texas chili powder

1.5 ounces dried minced onion

1.5 ounces dried minced garlic

1.5 ounces dried parsley flakes

1 ounce of table salt (or if you want to add a smokey flavor used smoked salt)

Coat your meat with about 1/4 inch worth of seasoning. Sear off with a pain/ oil before. Place in crock pot. Fill with 1/2 inch of apple juice and then cover meat in some BBQ sauce. The higher the quality the better. Cook on low for 8-9 hours.

Virgil's BBQ chef and owner

Here are the kids putting that rub to good use. They had so much fun at Virgil’s BBQ.

Virgil's BBQ chef and owner

Just when I thought it was done, another course came. I mean… I couldn’t believe the food. So, after the wings and all of the items on the above plate…. the fried chicken course came. I couldn’t eat another bite – so I took the chicken home.

And then…

Virgil's BBQ dessert

The dessert came and I almost died. I mean – I am STILL FULL. But it was oh so good. The banana cream pie was out of control. I didn’t get to taste the peanut butter pie or chocolate pie because at that point, Bill was outside waiting for me. But by the looks of it, the rest of my table was happy happy!

End result – if you find yourself visiting NYC and in need of a great restaurant around Times Square – check out Virgil’s BBQ. And if you are one of the lucky ones vacationing at The Atlantis – make reservations and go hungry!

Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.


  1. Don’t apologize..dessert should ALWAYS be first and shown first. 🙂

    I’m not a huge BBQ girl, but my husband is. He’d be in heaven.

  2. Yes, you got it right! Virgil’s is really fun for families because of the shared plates. Amazing food and way too much of it but that is the Carmine’s way: Family style if you’re talking about really big Italian families with Jewish mothers in the background encouraging everyone to eat more… What does banana cream pie taste like in the Bahamas?

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