Billy Durney

Pitmaster / Owner, Hometown Bar-B- Que

After almost 20 years in the security and private protection field, during which he kept a close eye on some of the country’s most public figures, Brooklyn native Billy Durney is fulfilling a longtime dream by taking the helm as Pitmaster and Owner at Hometown Bar-B-Que. Since first learning to smoke meat as a youngster during visits to his grandparents’ cabin in rural Pennsylvania, Billy has spent years obsessing over his barbecue, traveling around the United States and abroad perfecting his techniques. Starting in the backyard, cooking for family and friends, he has now realized his lifelong passion for wood, fire and meat.

Since opening Hometown in September 2013, Billy has been featured in a variety of national publications and TV shows, including the New York Times, the New Yorker and Men’s Journal.