Justin Blakey is another guy who knows a thing or two about mobile meat. Better known as Hootie, he launched—what else?—Blowfish BBQ last year. Initially just selling on Sundays at D’s Six Pax & Dogz, Blakey’s smoker/grill trailer is rolling up to more and more events around town. At the latest Weather Permitting at Shadyside Nursery, Blakey was offering a few basics that were anything but basic. His chicken, a meat that I’d shamefully come to think of as the boring prologue to ribs, was the best I had all week. Meaty drumsticks, rubbed with spicy, jerk-style seasoning, were cooked to blackened perfection. The sausages and mac and cheese, both smoked as well, were just as good. And Blakey’s spicy, vinegar based sauce provided a welcome change from the thicker, sweeter sauces I was accustomed to. Blakey has competition experience, and it shows. Keep an eye out for Blowfish, and whatever you do, get those drumsticks.

And no list is complete without the following favorites to round out the barbecue scene:

Wilson’s on N. Taylor Ave. on the North Side, hard to beat for authentic southern-pit BBQ. People swear by it.

Union Pig & Chicken, the cool spot in East Liberty with outstanding barbecue and libations in a relaxed and fun setting. Hint: you can get the bbq upstairs at Harvard & Highland, also a great spot to park for the night.

YinzBurgh BBQ on Baum Blvd. Vegetarians unite! Not only is the barbecue notable but the tofu dishes will amaze you. Not to mention the Chili-Q, a specialty.

Pittsburgh Barbecue Company, opened seasonally on Banksville Rd., a treat for commuters leaving town at the end of the day. The ribs are yummy but may we also suggest the pulled pork? And don’t skip the slaw. Ok, might as well throw in some beans, too, because they’re sinfully rich and good.

There’s also Smoke Barbecue Taqueria that just closed in Homestead but has since reopened in Lawrenceville  Smoke specializes in tacos filled with bbq meat, not to be missed.

Two Brothers in Presto, PA has a full barbecue menu along with gumbo, quesadillas and smoked wings. And did someone say Double Wide Grill? Yes, they did. We haven’t tried the barbecue on their menu but now we have a reason to return soon.

And there’s always the wood-fired grill offerings from Gaucho Parilla Argentina in the Strip, a big favorite in town.

Summer is barbecue season, and this list ought to get you off to a good start. I do recommend, however, that you space them out over the summer, not a week. That much pork, no matter how tangy or tender, can’t be good for anyone. Especially not the pigs.