Top of the Hill Grill

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This fabulous barbecue joint was recommended by my friend Sue Carney and her team at the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), whom I have had the honor of working with to support our wounded veterans. Here is what she had to say:

"It was a weekend to be remembered. Our union members had a blast riding with you in Rolling Thunder XX. And I am sure we created many fond memories for the wounded troops during the barbecue APWU hosted for them at the Mologne House in Washington, D.C.

"As the National Human Relations Director for the American Postal Workers Union, I would not consider myself a roadhouse expert by any stretch of the imagination (most of my travel is by plane), but thanks to the kindhearted hospitality of APWU members from across the country I have been blessed with hundreds of dining excursions. I thought you might enjoy sharing some of our favorite spots. Beth Edwards, APWU secretary and former Brattleboro resident, recommended the Top of the Hill Grill.

"This is an absolutely great barbecue joint—terrific food and a fantastic view from the outside deck. They also have indoor seating with a coal stove for when it's a little chilly. A personal favorite is the pulled pork roll-up on a jalapeno tortilla. Ask for extra sauce! They keep hot sauce at the window, so the heat lovers among us can raise the bar a notch or two if so inclined. The beef brisket and the chili are also excellent. The owner, Jon, is a very friendly guy who can often be found at the smoker. He loves to talk barbecue or just about anything else."

Sue and Beth were right; I spent a good while on the phone with Jon, and he is very enthusiastic about his food and hospitality. I feel like I have a new friend in Vermont now.