Your guide to BBQ joints in Boston, New York and everywhere in between

 

 

 

Recent Features:

2014 Wings Rankings

(2015 list coming soon)

Friday's Rib Flights?

Boston BBQ Rankings

NYC BBQ Rankings

Salvage vs Elsmere

Dinosaur Stamford CT

Danielle Niles interview

6 Tips for Shake Shack

First Look: Terlingua

8 Best "Boston" BBQ Joints

 

 

Recent BBQ Reviews:

Brick & Tin Bridgewater MA

Smoky Bro's Shelburne Falls MA

Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint

Medfield MA

SoulFire Allston MA (update)

Larry J's BBQ Cafe Boston MA

Northern Bell Brooklyn NY

Moe's South Portland ME

Elsmere South Portland ME

New England Country Market Haverhill MA

Bub's BBQ Sunderland MA (update)

Walrus + Carpenter Bridgeport CT

Bear's Smokehouse Hartford CT

Blue Smoke NYC (update)

Arrogant Swine Brooklyn NY

Cask 'n' Flagon Boston MA (update)

Riverside Barbeque Nashua NH (update)

Lady C&J Soul Food Brockton MA

Mexicue (Times Square) NYC

Po's Ribs & BBQ Acton MA (update)

American BBQ Rowley MA (update)

Northern Smoke Carmel NY

Black-eyed Sally's

Hartford CT (update)

Top of the Hill Grill Brattleboro VT

Rosebud Somerville MA

Brutopia Cranston RI

Humo Smokehouse Brooklyn NY

East Coast Grill

Cambridge MA (update)

Causeway Boston MA

Chip Shots Littleton MA

Bluebird BBQ Burlington VT

3 Guys Basement BBQ

Hanover NH (update)

Meadowbrook Orchards Sterling MA

Full Rack Smokehouse Revere MA

Smokin' Al's

Massapequa Park NY (update)

South Shore BBQ Patchogue NY

Mara's Too Wantagh NY

Lilian's Smokin' Rack Boston MA

Bobbique Patchogue NY (update)

Depot Grille & Bar Pepperell MA

Carnivores Milford MA

G. Lee's Brooklyn NY

Hill Country Brooklyn NY

Wildwood Barbeque Hadley MA

AD's Barbeque Portsmouth NH

Morgan's Brooklyn NY

Smokehouse Tavern Lowell MA

Riverside Barbeque Nashua NH

SlowBones Burlington MA

Coast Cafe Cambridge MA (update)

Memphis Joe's Weymouth MA

Salvage BBQ Portland ME

State Park Cambridge MA

Hometown BBQ Brooklyn NY

Marathon Burgers & Barbeque Hopkinton MA

JW's Burger Bar Scituate MA

Mo Gridder's Bronx NY

Mason Jar NYC

Buck's Naked Portland ME

Taste of Texas Bennington NH

Bear's Windsor CT

4 Points BBQ Winterport ME

Mainely Meat on Main

Ellsworth ME

BBQ Red Wappingers Falls NY

Tres Carnes NYC

Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ Brockton MA

Cask 'n' Flagon Boston MA

P&P Soul Food & BBQ

Brockton MA

BBQ Guy Truck Dover NH

Lonestar Empire Brooklyn NY

Fink's Smokehouse

Dumont NJ

Goody Cole's Smokehouse

Brentwood NH (update)

Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ

Milford NH

Wicked Awesome BBQ

East Thetford VT

Route 4 Country Store

White River Junction VT

Mable's Smokehouse

Brooklyn NY(update)

Vermont Maple BBQ Randolph VT

Summer Shack Dedham MA

Sista's BBQ Brunswick ME

BrisketTown Brooklyn NY

Smokestack Urban BBQ

Worcester MA (update)

Fletcher's Brooklyn NY

Blue Ribbon Arlington MA

Slater's Bolton MA

The Farm Manchester NH

Joff's Backyard Grill

Bellingham MA

Lester's Roadside BBQ

Burlington MA (update)

Ducks Eatery NYC

Ladder 133 Providence RI

Mighty Quinn's NYC

Firebox BBQ Bedford MA (update)

Dickey's S. Portland ME

Beale Street Barbeque Bath ME

Bar Q Stamford CT

Sweet Cheeks Boston MA (update)

Knuckleheads Wallingford CT

Mama T's Rutland VT

Binga's Stadium

Portland ME (update)

Wes' Rib House

Providence RI (update)

 

 

 

 

Burger Reviews:

Mama's Boy S. Norwalk CT

Townsman Boston MA

Blue Dragon Boston MA

The Fix Worcester MA

Gibbet Hill Grill Groton MA

Chopps Burlington MA

Del Frisco's Grille Burlington MA and Chestnut Hill MA

Hard Times Sundaes Brooklyn NY

Retro Burger Arlington MA

Minetta Tavern NYC

Ceres Bistro Worcester MA

Kirkland Tap & Trotter Somerville MA

Alden & Harlow Cambridge MA

Smashburger Natick MA

Beat Hotel Cambridge MA

White Manna Hackensack NJ

Crazy Burger Narragansett RI

Farmstead Providence RI

Burger Boys Lincoln RI

SkyBokx 109 Natick MA

Brew City Worcester MA

Shake Shack Chestnut Hill MA

Trade Boston MA

The Sinclair Cambridge MA

Lincoln Tavern S. Boston MA

The Brindle Room NYC

Coney Island Worcester MA

Craigie On Main Cambridge MA

Elevation Burger S. Portland ME

Bobby's Burger Palace

Burlington MA

Oak Long Bar Boston MA

Met Back Bay Boston MA

Burger Dive Somerville MA

Shake Shack Connecticut

Farmstead Table Newton MA

M3 Somerville MA

RF O'Sullivan & Son Somerville MA

Grass Fed Jamaica Plain MA

Catalyst Cambridge MA

Happy's Boston MA

Louis Lunch New Haven CT

Nosh Portland ME

Brick Wall Burger

Greenfield MA

JM Curley Boston MA

Shake Shack NYC

Grumpy White's Quincy MA

Wahlburgers Hingham MA

Abigail's Cambridge MA

Eastern Standard Boston MA

Firebrand Saints

Cambridge MA

Griddler's Boston MA

BGR Burger W. Hartford CT

The Gallows Boston MA

Max Burger W. Hartford CT

Gilley's PM Lunch

Portsmouth NH

Lexie's Joint Portsmouth NH

The Boynton Worcester MA

Plan B W. Hartford CT

White Hut W. Springfield MA

Russell House Tavern

Cambridge MA

Burgers, Shakes & Fries

Greenwich CT

Five Napkin Burger

Boston MA

The Butcher Shop Boston MA

Ritual Worcester MA

Scholars Boston MA

Corey's Catsup & Mustard Manchester CT

Radius Boston MA

Back Bay Social Club Boston MA

Harry's Bar & Burger Providence RI

Beehive Boston MA

Lord Hobo Cambridge MA

Towne Boston MA

 

Other Reviews:

Floramo's Chelsea MA

New Bridge Cafe Chelsea MA

Katz's Delicatessen NYC

Fogo de Chao Boston MA

Frank Pepe's Pizzeria

New Haven CT

Donna's Donuts

Tewksbury MA

 

Older Features:

John Brown Smokehouse

Fatty Cue First Visit Recap

Blackstrap BBQ opening

Damon Amendolara interview

Dinosaur Harlem's new digs

BT's Smokehouse opening

2009 Wings Rankings

2013 Wings Rankings

2009 Chili Rankings

Phantom BBQ Beach Party '09

Big Apple BBQ Block Party

Phantom BBQ Beach Party '08

Nick Solares Interview

Inner Beauty Hot Sauce

Hog Pit vs Hill Country

NY vs Boston

How To Be A Good Waiter

Jake Jacobs at Roadhouse

NY is Boston, Boston is NY

Chris Hart interview

Wildwood review rebuttal

Blue Ribbon commissary

Chris Schlesinger interview

 


 

 

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BBQ by City:

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Yonkers NY

 

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(08/28/15)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning six states. This time there are ten new joints (or new to the site) and one closing.

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Percy's BBQ & Darts (NYC) is a multifaceted space featuring darts, sports (numerous TVs) and barbecue prepared by pitmaster John Zervoulakos, formerly of John Brown Smokehouse and Strand Smokehouse. The smoker is an offset model on wheels. The menu features the usual suspects plus rib tips, wings, sausage, homemade bacon and even an interesting roundup of salads. Thanks to Ethan for the lead. www.percysny.com

  • Izzy's Brooklyn Smokehouse (Brooklyn NY) is a kosher barbecue joint emphasizing beef (ribs, pulled, sausage, brisket) and chicken (pulled, smoked half birds, wings). I like that they take reservations for two seating times (7:15 and 8:30), with walk-in hours just before and after. www.izzyssmokehouse.com

  • Pigs on a Wing (Lindenhurst, NY) is a new joint on Long Island's south shore that features "slow cooked" ribs, rib tips, pulled pork, wings, burgers, fried chicken, wraps, po boys and a few meaty and non-meaty salads. Thanks to Sam for the lead.www.pigsonawing.com

  • CK Pearl (Essex MA) is a year-round mostly-seafood restaurant with a wood smoked barbecue menu that includes ribs, pulled pork, brisket and smoked wings. Thanks to Steve for the lead. www.ckpearl.com

  • John Fazio Farm Market & Barbeque (Modena NY) is a Hudson Valley market serving farm raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats and poultry. Offerings include smoked ribs, wings, brisket, pulled pork, duck, pastrami, rabbit and duck tacos, shrimp po' boys, hot dogs, chili and homemade soups.Thanks to Alan for the lead. www.johnfaziofarms.com

  • Newfound Hogwild BBQ (Bristol NH) is a northern New Hampshire eatery near the southern shores of Newfound Lake. "Pork, Beef, Chicken and Ice Cream" are the specialties, according to the roadside sign. Outside are offset smokers; inside is a roomy layout with musical entertainment. Thanks to Jeff for the lead. Facebook

  • Smokin' Blues Grill (Hollis ME) is a new discovery in an area of southern Maine not as far north as Portland but further inland. They do lunch three days a week and dinner five nights, with a seafood and barbecue tandem backing up what appear to be a beer and entertainment focus. Thanks to Joe (aka "Buford") for the lead. Facebook

  • The Cajun Lobster (Kittery Point ME) is a seafood joint with a Creole slant and a barbecue menu. Smoked fare includes the basic four of ribs, pulled pork, brisket and half chicken, each available as individual platters. Thanks to Bill for the lead. www.thecajunlobster.com

  • Stacks Pancakes and Smokehouse BBQ (Hoboken NJ) combines two food groups: pancakes and barbecue, deep in the heart of Sinatra country. The barbecue includes babyback ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken. Thanks to Robert for the lead. www.stacksofhoboken.com

  • Johnny Utah's (Norwalk CT) is an offshoot of the bar/restaurant of the same name in Manhattan, known for its mechanical bull. www.johnnyutahssono.com

 

CLOSINGS

  • G. Lee's (Brooklyn NY) has closed.

 

 

 

 

 

(08/26/15)

Massachusetts BBQ: Brick & Tin Reviewed

The site's 337th barbecue review is for Brick & Tin Barbeque (Bridgewater MA), a converted donut shop serving barbecue takeout orders. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Brick & Tin Barbeque

 

 

 

 

(08/06/15)

Boston 'Burbs BBQ: First Look at Tony G's

I'll follow up with a full fledged review a visit or two further into their development, but for now here's a first look at Tony G's BBQ (Belmont MA).

See my First Look at Tony G's

 

 

 

 

(08/04/15)

Western Mass BBQ: Smoky Bro's Reviewed

The site's 336th barbecue review is for Smoky Bro's BBQ (Shelburne Falls MA), a roadside stand slinging barbecue on summer weekends. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Smoky Bro's BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

(08/01/15)

PigTrip is Nine Years Old Today

Today PigTrip turns nine. As intended, the content got sparser over the past year, with 20 new barbecue reviews and 10 new burger reviews, down from 28 and 14 the year before. The 10 additional barbecue review updates—much more difficult than a new barbecue review—were a nice increase from the previous year. Oh, and if you follow along on Facebook or Twitter, you saw a donut review last week. So, 41 reviews in 52 weeks? No shame there.

 

 

The tenth and final year of PigTrip starts now.

 

 

 

 

 

(07/28/15)

Boston 'Burbs BBQ: Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint Reviewed

The site's 335th barbecue review is for Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint (Medfield MA), a newcomer with a musical theme. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint

 

 

 

 

 

(07/24/15)

Boston BBQ: SoulFire Re-reviewed

Here's a fresh look at SoulFire (Allston MA), a 9 year old Boston joint with a devoted following. The 80+ photos are a roller coaster ride of barbecue there from 2010 to the present. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review update for SoulFire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(07/21/15)

Boston BBQ: Larry J's BBQ Cafe Reviewed

The site's 334th barbecue review is for Larry J's BBQ Cafe (Boston MA), that rare Seaport eatery that's not a big time chain. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Larry J's BBQ Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

(07/20/15)

Connecticut Burgers: Mama's Boy Reviewed

The last installment of the Fourth of July burger trilogy is my burger review of Mama's Boy Southern Table and Refuge (South Norwalk CT), a restaurant with a Southern farmhouse pretense.

See my review of Mama's Boy Southern Table and Refuge

 

 

 

 

(07/10/15)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are 18 new joints (or new to the site) and 12 closings.

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Blujeen (NYC) is a Harlem comfort food restaurant "inspired by the generations of home cooks, 'the ladies' who understood the importance of maintaining tradition while growing from your roots." Chef Lance Knowling's ambitious meny combines southern, soul and barbecue; according to a recent New York Daily News piece, there's a smoker behind the Kansas City ribs. Thanks to Chuck for the lead. www.blujeennyc.com

  • Pig Beach (Brooklyn NY) is an outdoor, weather-permitting, multi-cheffed Gowanus barbecue popup ajacent to a "pungent canal," according to one published piece. The unusual menu includes ribs, Wagyu beef pastrami, Yankee red hot links, pork shoulder, turkey breast and tri tip, with burgers and dogs for the less barbecue inclined. Thanks to Chuck, Robbie and "TF" for separate leads. www.pigbeachnyc.com

  • The Shop (Brooklyn NY) is a barbecue and entertainment complex in Bushwick that recently opened after a 2-year delay. The compact menu features ribs, beef shoulder, chicken drumsticks, two kinds of sausage and all-vegetarian sides. www.theshopbrooklyn.com

  • Terlingua (Portland ME) calls itself "a boutique BBQ restaurant combining house-smoked meats with Latin American fare." The interesting menu has two kinds of smoked meat chili, smoked beef tongue and cheek tacos, pork belly chicharrones, a cold smoked fish dip, several vegetarian options, a daily ceviche and daily barbecue specials. Thanks to Bill for alerting me to this several months back. Scroll down a few posts for my "First Look" review. www.terlingua.me

  • Moe's Original Bar-B-Que (South Portland ME) is a chain (I know, I know) serving Alabama style barbecue. As mentioned in my recent review, they serve some surprisingly good brisket. Thanks to Brian for the lead.Scroll down a few posts for my recent review.

  • Hog Wild Smokin' Cue (Westbrook CT) is a beachside joint with a Myron Mixon smoker. Thanks to "TF" for the lead. www.hogwildsmokingcue

  • Beachland Tavern (West Hartford CT) is a watering hole with smoked items such as wings, smoked-then-fried ribs, burnt ends and brisket. Thanks to Jeff, who recommends the wings and brisket highly, for the lead. www.beachlandtavern.com

  • Smoke Not Just BBQ (Manchester CT) is a new barbecue operation that's the third to go into the same space vacated by Rockhouse BBQ and Hilltop BBQ Downtown. While the first of the three leaned toward the down 'n' doity, this one seems more hoity toity. Burnt ends, smoked wings and candied bacon will all receive a try when I hit it soon. Thanks to Michelle for the lead. www.smokenotjustbbq.com

  • Local Burgy (Williamsburg MA) is an expansion of the popular Local Burger in a trailer setup that offers burgers and barbecue. Thanks to both Mark and Bill for separate leads. Facebook

  • 2 Jerks BBQ (Raynham MA) is month-old joint serviong the standards plus house made sausage, house smoked candied bacon, fried chicken and a few different seafood dishes. Thanks to Mark and Brian for separate leads. Facebook

  • Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint (Medfield MA) is another month-old joint with a compact barbecue menu and live entertainment. Thanks to Emily for the lead. www.rockandrollribjoint.com

  • American Glory (Tannersville NY) is an expansion of the original in Hudson NY. www.americanglory.com

  • Smoky Rock BBQ (Rhinebeck NY) is a new Hudson Valley BBQ addition with an unusual menu featuring cured meats, smoked meats, many vegetarian items, pork rinds with BBQ sauce, pastrami, turkey, tongue, wet and dry ribs, beef burgers, lamb burgers and much more. Thanks to "TF" for the lead. www.smokyrockbbq.com

  • Grandpa Val's BBQ (Queens NY) is a catering outfit that'll be a regular vendor at the all new Smorgasburg Queens, which kicks off tomorrow. Facebook

  • Redneck Bistro (Lake Placid NY) is a no-bells-and-whistles joint in upstate NY featuring burgers, dogs, ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork. Thanks to Joe for the lead. Facebook

  • Smoke Signals (Lake Placid NY) is perhaps the most modern of that area's stable of barbecue joints. There's live musical entertainment and an ambitious menu that beyond the barbecue basics has burnt ends, tandoori salmon, a brisket Reuben and vegetarian dishes galore. Thanks again to Joe for the lead. www.smokesignalsq.com

  • Tail o' the Pup (Ray Brook NY) is a fleet of tent-covered outdoor picnic tables that's been around since the Yankees were at their greatest. No, not Jeter's Yankees; I'm talking about The Babe. Though the name stems from its hot dog roots, the menu includes wood smoked barbecue. Thanks again to Joe for the lead. www.tailofthepupbbq.com

  • Wyatt's BBQ (Lake Placid NY) is where "Tex meets Mex" and where barbecue (smoked pork, brisket and chicken; no ribs) make their way into burritos and such. Thanks again to Joe for the lead. www.wyattsburrito.com

 

CLOSINGS

  • Antonina's Kitchen (Orange MA) has closed. Thanks to Mark for the info.

  • Port Royal Grille (Islip NY) has closed. Thanks to Sledneck for the info.

  • Cody's BBQ (Riverhead NY) is another Long Island BBQ joint to bite the proverbial dust. Thanks again to Sledneck for the info.

  • Memphis Hustle (Coxsackie NY) has closed.

  • Route 22 Restaurant (Armonk NY) has closed.

  • Pig Out BBQ (Schenectady NY) has probably closed.

  • Minny Vinny's (Redding CT or Georgetown CT) no longer exists. It was the predecessor of Wire Mill BBQ that I announced over a year ago.

  • Q Smokin' Good Food (Springfield MA) has closed, as announced on its Facebook page.

  • Bobby Spur's BBQ (Wallingford CT) has closed.

  • Twins Barbecue (Wappingers Falls NY) has closed. That's two closed barbecue operations in the same space within a 2-year span.

  • Bubba Bean BBQ (Hudson NY) has closed. Thanks to Sledneck for the info.

  • Jenny's BBQ (Stanfordville NY) is no more. Thanks to "TF" for the lead.

 

 

 

 

(07/09/15)

Boston Burgers: Townsman Reviewed

One more burger review before switching back to barbecue, this one by chef Matt Jennings at the recently opened Townsman (Boston MA) on the Rose Kennedy Greenway near Chinatown.

See my review of Townsman

 

 

 

 

 

(07/07/15)

Boston Burgers: Blue Dragon Reviewed

Time for another burger review, this one an East-West creation by telegenic chef Ming Tsai at his Asian gastropub Blue Dragon in Fort Point Channel.

See my review of Blue Dragon

 

 

 

 

 

 

(07/03/15)

Maine BBQ: First Look at Terlingua

A full fledged review with a deeper look at the menu will follow, but for now here's a first look at Terlingua (Portland ME), a two-week old Latin-barbecue mashup where I tried four dishes. Here's my report.

See my First Look at Terlingua

 

 

 

 

 

 

(07/01/15)

Brooklyn BBQ: Northern Bell Reviewed

Back to back reviews? Believe it. The site's 333rd barbecue review is for Northern Bell (Brooklyn NY), a lesser known Williamsburg joint on the opposite side of the BQE from the more familiar ones. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Northern Bell

 

 

 

 

 

(06/30/15)

Maine BBQ: Moe's Original Reviewed

The site's 332nd barbecue review is for Moe's Original Bar-B-Que (South Portland ME), a Colorado-based chain serving Alabama style barbecue. I don't want to get into the habit of listing and reviewing chains, but this one has only two outposts in the Northeast (the other is Bangor), so consider this a rare exception. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Moe's Original Bar-B-Que

 

 

 

 

 

(06/25/15)

Maine BBQ: Elsmere BBQ Reviewed

The site's 331st barbecue review is for Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill (South Portland ME), a two year old joint with a neighborhood feel. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

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See my review of Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill

 

 

 

 

(06/23/15)

Boston BBQ: My Top 8 "Boston" BBQ Joints

A few weeks ago, Phantom Gourmet announced its annual Great 8 for barbecue; last week Eater Boston posted their list of the 8 Boston barbecue joints to try. So, even though I'm still working on an updated Boston rankings list in which I slot a few dozen joints into tiers, I'll halt that research to quickly submit an unranked Top 8 for comparison with those other lists.

 

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Like my counterparts, I'm stretching the definition of "Boston" to include anything within an hour's drive of Boston proper.

 

See my Top 8 Barbecue Joints within an hour of Boston

 

 

 

(06/19/15)

Boston BBQ Events: New England Country Market and Smokehouse Reviewed

Most of you are still planning this weekend's eats, but it's never too early to start thinking about maximizing the summer enjoyment by combining barbecue with local brewers, live music and a great view. For Boston barbecue fans, that's possible at the Riverside BBQ Series, a four-part event presenting barbecue by non-barbecue restaurants at the Harry Parker Boathouse (Brighton MA) overlooking the Charles River. Participants include West Bridge, The Sinclair, Brass Union, Tavern Road, Puritan & Company and more.

 

 

DISCOUNT: PigTrip readers can get a $5 discount to the first two sessions by using the promo code "sweetcorn".

www.riversidebbqseries.com

 

 

 

 

(06/18/15)

Massachusetts BBQ: New England Country Market and Smokehouse Reviewed

The site's 330th review is for New England Country Market & Smokehouse (Haverhill MA), a north-of-Boston upstart that's an offshoot of Boston Chowda. A Groupon ad alerted me to their existence and (along with butter and a crowbar) got me in the door. But will their food get me back? Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of New England Country Market & Smokehouse

 

 

 

 

(06/16/15)

Reading: Four Northeast BBQ Joints Make One Author's Top 100

I received a complimentary copy of "The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America," by Johnny Fugitt, a freelance writer from Missouri who in 365 days visited 365 barbecue joints in 48 states. The top 27% of the restaurants he visited fall into a ranked Top 25 and an unranked additional 75 arranged by region. I like that there's some ballsiness to the selections—not every barbecue icon ranked as highly as you'd think—and that he similarly did not feel compelled to neatly include a joint from each state for balance. It starts with barbecue background, rants, theories and storytelling—which I found more compelling than the restaurant listings—and ends with an awards section crowning a handful of restaurants with individual awards.

 

 

Barbecue restaurants from the Northeast included:

- Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY (#2 overall)
- BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA (#20 overall)
- Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop MA
- Hill Country, Washington DC (and also NYC)
- Salvage BBQ, Portland ME

 

 

“I was unsatisfied with the Top 10 lists that recycle the same historic or well-marketed restaurants,” said Fugitt, “so I loaded up the car and drove over 31,000 miles in search of America’s best barbecue. I found some hidden gems along the way and left off a few famous names because they no longer make barbecue that lives up to their reputations. I even saw one of the most historic restaurants in America microwaving ribs before service.”

 

Fugitt's favorite? It's in Austin, but not the one you'd guess (though that one made the top 10). “My favorite barbecue joint in America is a little mom-and-pop trailer in Austin, Texas, called Kerlin BBQ,” said Fugitt. “After sampling hundreds of ribs, briskets, pork sandwiches, sauces and sides, Kerlin stood out as my favorite.” Restaurants from Kansas City, Memphis, North Carolina, Arkansas, New York, Florida and two more from Texas also made the Top 10.

 

Available for purchase on Amazon:

www.amazon.com/dp/099623330X

 

 

 

 

(06/15/15)

Worcester Burgers: The Fix Reviewed

I not only should have reviewed them by May for National Burger Month, I should have reviewed them last year for burger month. But sometimes it takes a while to render a verdict. With verdict in hand, my review for The Fix (Worcester MA) is in.

See my review of The Fix

 

 

 

(06/02/15)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning seven states. This time there are six new joints (or new to the site), one seasonal expansion, six closings, one move, one temporary move and one that's still serving beer but no longer serving food.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • HooDoo Brown BBQ (Ridgefield CT) is a recently-opened barbecue joint that marks the Connecticut debut of longtime NYC pitmaster Nestor Laracuente, most recently of Hometown BBQ. The diverse menu features the usual suspects (though the chicken is called crispy smoked chicken) plus beef shortribs, smoked wings, smoked turkey, burnt ends, rib tips, pork belly and two kinds of sausage. www.hoodoobrownbbq.com

  • Two Southern Sissies BBQ (Provincetown MA) is a new barbecue joint that oddly has ribs in the photo but not on their May menu. Thanks to Steven for the lead. Facebook

  • One Block East (Wantagh NY) is a "new" Long Island barbecue joint The pitmaster is Brian Chichester, formerly of South Shore BBQ Company, Fletcher's and RUB. Thanks to Sledneck for the lead. www.oneblockeastli.com

  • Billy Hill's Roadhouse (Richmond RI) is a new joint in southwestern Rhode Island (do I hear "crawl"?) that's very close to Black Sheep BBQ and somewhat close to a few just over the Connecticut border. The barbecue menu sticks to the basics but the apps include alligator, smoked wings and enough salads and finger food to feed the less barbecue inclined. Thanks to Alex for the lead. www.billyhillsroadhouse.com

  • Stickey's BBQ (Hillsdale NJ) is an old school joint that probably should have been in the directory a long time ago. They offer the usual suspects, plus beef ribs, rib tips, sausage and "pitt ham" and "pitt turkey. www.stickeysbbq.com

  • Taste of Smoke BBQ (Jackson NJ) is a highly regarded joint with beef and pork spare ribs (though the photos are babybacks) and sandwiches available on Kaiser rolls or Texas toast, or as sliders or wraps. www.tasteofsmoke.com

  • Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue (Brooklyn NY) now has an outpost at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in Rockaway Park. www.fletchersbkln.com

 

CLOSINGS

  • Randall's BBQ (Brooklyn NY) is no more. It's been a while, but it's not easy to tell with the nomadic operations.

  • MoJo's BBQ (Kittery ME) is now closed, but the Portsmouth NH location across the bridge is still going strong.

  • Bobby Q's (Suffern NY) has closed. No, it wasn't because of the succotash.

  • Yellow Rose BBQ (Willimantic CT) has closed. Its location was sold and the restaurant that replaced it hired the owner/pitmaster. Thanks to Zeke, Michelle and Brad for the info.

  • Miss Linda's Texas BBQ (Keene NH) has closed to focus on catering. Thanks to Linda (yeah, that Linda) for the info (and for trying to sell me a catering package).

  • Mara's Too (Wantagh NY), which was replaced by One Block East (see above), has closed. Thanks to Sledneck for the lead.

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

  • Witty and Droll (Plymouth NH) has moved out of that town and is now in the parking lot of Moose Scoops Ice Cream (Warren NH). This is supposedly a temporary measure until they can get a new lease and return to Plymouth. Thanks to Jeff for the info. Facebook

  • Fire 'n' Brew (Wells ME) hasn't closed, but they're now focusing exclusively on the brew and have eliminated the fire. It's a brewery only.

  • Hot Rod's BBQ (Wharton NJ) has moved down the street.

 

 

 

 

(05/27/15)

Massachusetts BBQ: Bub's Re-reviewed

A very quick and simple re-review for Bub's BBQ (Sunderland MA), the five-decades-old joint that's a sentimental favorite among UMass alums. Check out my re-review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of update for Bub's BBQ

 

 

 

 

(05/22/15)

Connecticut BBQ: Walrus+Carpenter Reviewed

The site's 329th review is for Walrus + Carpenter (Bridgeport CT), a pork powered gastropub with a barbecue backbone in the Black Rock neighborhood. I'm calling this review "incomplete" for now, because it's only two visits and only four meats, but there's plenty of opportunity for edification down the road. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Walrus + Carpenter

 

 

 

 

 

(05/20/15)

Boston Burbs Burgers: Gibbet Hill Grill Burger Reviewed

Since May is National Burger Month, how about another burger review? This one's another in the outskirts of Boston: Gibbet Hill Grill (Groton MA), where the grounds are spectacular and the beef is raised right on their farm.

See my review of Gibbet Hill Grill

 

 

 

 

 

(05/15/15)

Hartford BBQ: Bear's Smokehouse Reviewed

The site's 328th review is for Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford CT), a multilevel joint with a Kansas City feel in the heart of Connecticut's capital. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Bear's Smokehouse Hartford

 

 

 

 

(05/11/15)

Boston Burbs Burgers: Chopps Dry Aged Burger Reviewed

Since May is National Burger Month, may I suggest another burger review? This one's in the same town as the last one but a step up: Chopps American Bar and Grill (Burlington MA), where the beef is dry aged.

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See my review of Chopps American Bar and Grill

 

 

 

 

 

(05/07/15)

Boston Burbs Burgers: Del Frisco's Grille Burger Reviewed

May is National Burger Month, so here's the first of a bunch of burger reviews to appear throughout the month. We'll start off slow with a look at the Grille Prime Cheeseburger at Del Frisco's Grille (tried at both Burlington MA and Chestnut Hill MA).

See my review of Del Frisco's Grille

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Pulled pork sandwich at Carnivores All American BBQ, Milford MA.

 

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Crazy Roo's Wings at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

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Wings at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.

 

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Burnt ends and pulled pork at Smoke Not Just BBQ, Manchester CT.

 

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Ribs, brisket and sausage at BrisketTown, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Burnt ends sliders at Slide Bar-B-Q, Maspeth NY.

 

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Ribs at TheShop, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Sausage and babybacks at Pig Beach, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Wings at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Sausage and pulled pork at Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ, Milford NH.

 

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Ribs at Smokestack Urban Barbecuem Worcester MA.

 

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Ribs at Tony G's BBQ, Belmont MA.

 

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Ribs, brisket and pork at Blue Ribbon, W. Newton MA.

 

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Ribs at Highland BBQ, Northfield MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Smoky Bro's BBQ, Shelburne MA.

 

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Bacon Buffalo smoked wings at Carnivores All American BBQ, Milford MA.

 

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Ribs at Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint, Medfield MA.

 

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Smoked wings at Beachland Tavern, West Hartford CT.

 

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Pulled pork and brisket sliders at Smoke Not Just BBQ, Manchester CT.

 

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Brisket at Terlingua, Portland ME.

 

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Sausage, brisket and pork at Buck's Naked, Portland ME.

 

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Brisket at Backroom at Moody's, Waltham MA.

 

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Ribs, pork and brisket at American Glory, Hudson NY.

 

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Pork belly and chicken at HooDoo Brown, Ridgefield CT.

 

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Hawg Wings at Larry J's Barbecue Cafe, Boston MA.

 

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Wings at Bison County, Waltham MA.

 

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Brisket and ribs at Blue Ribbon, W. Newton MA.

 

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Green chili with rib garnish at Terlingua, Portland ME.

 

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Thai wings at Buck's Naked, Portland ME.

 

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Hot Mango wings at Binga's Stadium, Portland ME.

 

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Ribs at Moe's Original Bar-B-Que, South Portland ME.

 

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Ribs at Northern Bell, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Korean sticky ribs at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Lamb ribs at Fletcher's, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at The Original Smokey Goodness, Barrington NHNH.

 

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Ribs, pork and brisket at Goody Cole's Smokehouse, Brentwood NH.

 

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Ribs, pork and brisket combo at New England Country Market & Smokehouse, Haverhill MA.

 

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Smoked hot dog (new) at Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop MA.

 

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Babybacks, brisket and pulled pork at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Ribs at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

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Ribs at HooDoo Brown, Ridgefield CT.

 

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Wings at Wire Mill Saloon, Georgetown CT.

 

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Burnt ends sandwich at Blue Ribbon, W. Newton MA.

 

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Brisket and ribs at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Ribs at Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop MA.

 

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Wings at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

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Ribs at State Park, Cambridge MA.

 

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Pork, brisket and ribs at Elsmere BBQ, S. Portland ME.

 

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Ribs at Salvage BBQ, Portland ME.

 

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Ribs, brisket and pulled pork at Buck's Naked, Portland ME.

 

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Brisket at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Pork belly at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Ribs at Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport CT.

 

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Ribs and brisket at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, NYC.

 

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Rib tips special at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

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Ribs and burnt ends at Bear's Smokehouse, Hartford CT.

 

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Pork spareribs, beef rib and sausage at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Sausage, pulled pork and turkey at BrisketTown (Delaney Barbecue), Brooklyn NY.

 

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Bacon and pulled pork at Fette Sau, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Spares at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Ribs at Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ, Milford NH.

 

 

 

 

 

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