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Please note: this business is now closed; nycgo.com keeps record of many old and closed venues. The Lone Star State is represented in Jackson Heights by Alchemy, Texas, a Josh Bowen (John Brown Smokehouse) barbecue enterprise. The kitchen is tucked at the back of Legends Bar, a scuffed-up watering hole with four TVs broadcasting sports and regulars who shout at the screen. A wide variety of meats are sold by the pound (also by the quarter and half); sides are limited to a couple of things, such as cole slaw and macaroni and cheese. You can get it to go or tote your tray to a red-checkered table and match it with some whiskey or a draught of Guinness (drinks and barbecue are sold separately). Slabs of brisket are soft enough to shred with a plastic fork, while the peppery duck breast is sliced up in convenient mouth-size bites. The ribs are spicy and meaty, giving your fingers a delicious smokiness you'll sniff hours later.