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What's Cookin'? Smithtown UP in Smoke BBQ

UP in Smoke BBQ – Deliciously Local BBQ

By Nancy Vallarella, What’s Cookin’? – Smithtown

Tom LawlorJeff MyersBy day, Jeff Myers and Tom Lawlor are local businessmen servicing Smithtown’s automotive industry Monday through Friday, for the past three decades.  In the evening and on the weekends, the two turn Pit Bosses serving up the most hometown, lip smacking, finger licking good BBQ available in these here parts.

Up in Smoke BBQ was conceived in Myers’ Saint James backyard by two cousins tinkering around with a sauce for wings. “My cousin, Larry Teta was a chemist employed by Estee Lauder. He loved to experiment and mix ingredients together.  Our sauce recipe is Larry’s. With his early passing in 2014, there are only two people in this world who know the secret ingredient that makes the sauce like no other” Myers reveals. 

In 2006, Up in Smoke was founded and then incorporated in 2009. Up in Smoke BBQ Sauce was bottled and during this time Tom Lawlor jumped on board and began getting inquiries for catering private parties and promotional events at local auto dealerships. Myers and Lawlor turned a hobby of competing in BBQ competitions (People’s Choice Award winners) into a part-time business that now employees nineteen. 

“Word of mouth grew the business from our neighbor’s yards and tailgate parties to school picnics, block parties, graduations…We have catered every kind of outdoor event” commented Lawlor. Up in Smoke BBQ looks forward to the 3rdannual cookout event at Whisper Vineyards in Saint James. 

Myers and Lawlor have been giving business to other local businesses by purchasing their proteins from Mercep Brothers Meats and baked goods from Gargiulio’s Bakery both located in Saint James. Up in Smoke BBQ is there to help raise funds for the Smithtown Children’s Foundation annual tasting event, Community Table and Adam Harris’s, Fifty Bags of Chips.

Earlier this spring they took over the little red shack once occupied by Ocean’s Bounty Seafood and Saint James Claws on 25A in Saint James. An increase in orders with larger quantities made the facility at 415 North Country Road an ideal place to expedite catering orders. Myers reports, “We found large orders like feeding athletes and fans (Stony Brook vs. Yale Lacrosse) required more space. It is an ideal location for our business. This season, we will use the space to cook and meet customers by appointment for their BBQ catering needs. Next season we hope to have a retail business here with outdoor picnic tables.”

As you pass by, look for halos of smoke billowing over that little red shack pushed back off the roadside on 25A and take a deep breath of mouth-watering aromas. Up in Smoke BBQ does not fool around.  Some of their specialties include Whole Roasted BBQ Pig, Marinated London Broil, Smoked Ribs and Pulled Pork. They also accommodate those who prefer fish and veggies. Sides like Mac-n-Cheese with Bacon, slaw, salads, Soft Pretzels with Cheese Sauce, and desserts round out a menu that is sure to please everyone.

Give them a call 631-834-2246, 631-278-0728 or view their website at http://www.upinsmokebbqinc.com


CHS Students David Li And Mehtaab Sawhney Recognized For Science Accomplishments

By p.biancaniello

photos by Brenda Lentsch (click on photos to enlarge)

On February 9th, Commack High School science research seniors David Li and Mehtaab Sawhney were honored by Suffolk County Legislators Kennedy and Trotta. Both students have distinguished themselves in science. Earlier this year David and Mehtaab each received $1,000 awards as semi-finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Competition.  

CHS Principal Catherine Nolan, Mehtaab Sawhney, David Li and Richard KurtzBoth David Li and Mehtaab Sawhney recently competed in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) which is an Intel feeder fair for the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.  This year six hundred students from Long Island competed in LISEF’s Round 1 with 151 students selected to move on to Round 2. At LISEF students present to professionals in their subject areas from local universities, scientific institutions and professionals in their corresponding subject areas.  

Mehtaab Singh Sawhney – A Study of Bar and Arc k-Visibility Graphs.Both were selected to move on to round two. David LI  – A Multi-Dimensional Implementation of the Named Data Networking Paradigm for Embedded Systems and Mehtaab Singh Sawhney – A Study of Bar and Arc k-Visibility Graphs.

David will attend the Coca-Cola Scholars Weekend March 31 to April 3 in Atlanta.  He has won a $5,000/year ($20,000 total over 4 years) merit-based scholarship.  David is one of 150 Scholars selected from 87,000 applicants this year. The Scholars Weekend in Atlanta is the award ceremony.  

David LI – A Multi-Dimensional Implementation of the Named Data Networking Paradigm for Embedded SystemsNext fall, David will attend Cal Tech and Mehtaab will attend MIT.    

The Commack School District acknowledged the people who worked with the students issuing the following statement, “Kudos to the amazing science research team who mentored these talented students: Mr. Richard Kurtz, Dr. Lorraine Solomon, Ms. Jeanette Collette, Ms. Andrea Beatty, Dr. Daniel Kramer, and Ms. Christina Pawlowski. Thank you also to our community members Drs. Fred and Barbara Kruger for their countless volunteer hours helping our students with their projects and competition preparation.”

Drs. Fred and Barbara Kruger reside in Commack and have worked with students from the Commack SD for more than 7 years.  When asked about their commitment to Commack students the Krugers responded, “We are both thrilled to have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and experience we’ve acquired over our lifetimes to work with Commack High School students as Volunteer Science Research Mentors. We help the students in the science research program and they teach us! Helping guide such promising students restores confidence in the world’s future.” 

On February 11th, at a special breakfast honoring Science Research Teacher Richard Kurtz and Intel Semifinalists Mehtaab Sawhney and David Li. Each student received  an Intel certificate and Richard Kurtz was recognized as a Teacher of Merit.