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Recent BBQ Reviews:

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)

Smoke and Bones BBQ

Derby CT

Pit Stop BBQ Wakefield

Wakefield MA

Beach Deck BBQ Seabrook NH

Rockhouse BBQ & WIngs

Manchester CT

Kit Kat's Smoked BBQ

Pawcatuck CT

Harley's Smokeshack NYC

3 Guys Basement BBQ Hanover NH

Prohibition Pig Waterbury VT

Cider House BBQ Waterbury VT

HanBones Hamden CT

Redbones Somerville MA (update)

People's Pint Greenfield MA

East Ender Portland ME

Memphis BBQ & Blues Milford NH

Parker's Maple Barn Mason NH

Commonwealth BBQ

Wrentham MA

Virgil's NYC (update)

Yellow Rose BBQ

Willimantic CT

Texas BBQ Company

Northborough MA (update)

Firefly's

Marlborough MA (update)

Nicky's Beer Garden BBQ

Bronx NY

Back Forty West NYC

Abigail's Cambridge MA

Arnie's Place Concord NH

Blue Smoke NYC (update)

Beauford's Hillsborough NH

Fette Sau Brooklyn NY (update)

Saw Mill Dracut MA

LJ's BBQ Pawtucket RI (update)

Scratch Kitchen Salem MA

Butcher Bar Queens NY

Pies 'n' Thighs Brooklyn NY

 

 

 

Burger Reviews:

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

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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(07/28/14)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning

three states. This time there are four new joints, one expansion, two closings, one location change and one name change.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Bear's Smokehouse (Windsor CT) expands to a second, larger location in Hartford, opening today. They say running your own barbecue joint is living the dream. Running your own barbecue joint and hanging out with Danica Patrick and having the company represents pay you to expand your business? Now that's really living the dream. Thanks to Zeke and Jamie for the info. www.bearsbbq.com

  • Causeway (Boston MA) has finally opened across from the Bobby Orr staute near Boston Garden (sorry, that's what I'll always call it), bringing you two floors of barbecue possibilities with a bar on each level. The pitmaster is Ruben Garza, a Blue Ribbon ex-pat. Thanks to Geoff and Don for ongoing info on this as it progressed. Facebook

  • Orleans Bowling Center (Orleans MA) is a bowling alley that offers barbecue smoked onsite. Thanks to Mark for the lead and to Steven for alerting me that the barbecue outfit is Big Dog BBQ. www.orleansbowlingcenter.com

  • All Fired Up (Deep River CT) is a roadside operation slinging 'cue "at various locations along the Connecticut Shoreline." Check their website for details. Thanks to both Zeke and Michelle. www.allfiredupct.com

  • Off the Tracks (Andover CT) is a new barbecue trailer with a BBQ-focused menu, Hosmer sodas and a praiseworthy horseradish barbecue sauce. Thanks again to Zeke for the lead.

 

 

CLOSINGS

  • Rodeo Bar (NYC) has closed.

  • Smokin' Jim's BBQ (Gloucester MA) has closed.

 

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

  • Randall's Barbecue (NYC) is an always-on-the-go outfit that is now based at Evelyn's Drinkery in Manhattan. Facebook

  • Dr. Frank 'n' Swine (Orleans CT) is still at the same place but has returned to its original name after operating under the name Surfing Swine. Thanks to Steven for the heads up.

 

 

 

(07/24/14)

Boston BBQ: Full Rack Smokehouse Reviewed

Scared of a gruesome looking rib joint in Revere? Not me. The site's 315th review is for Full Rack Smokehouse (Revere MA), a joint that claims it serves "the best BBQ food within 100 miles of Boston." Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Full Rack Smokehouse

 

 

 

 

(07/15/14)

Long Island BBQ: Smokin' Al's Re-reviewed

Finally, the most in-need-of-update review on the site gets a long overdue overhaul, this time with photos. It's for the popular and polarizing Smokin' Al's (Massapequa Park NY), a joint some call the best in the area and others call a has-been. Where do I stand? Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my updated review of Smokin' Al's

 

 

 

 

(06/30/14)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning

four states. This time there are five new joints, three expansions, one contraction, two closings, one name change and one new website.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Pete's Pig (Belgrade Lakes ME) is a catering outfit about 70 miles north of Portland that vends barbecue sandwiches and platters seven days a week in season. Thanks to Bill for the lead. www.petespig.com

  • Orland Market (Orland ME), about 120 miles north of Portland on the way to Bar Harbor, is a grocery store that for nearly a decade has sold ribs and barbecue fare from April through October, but only a few days a week. Thanks again to Bill for the lead.

  • Randall's Barbecue (NYC) is a roving outfit that as of this writing is slinging 'cue at Friends and Lovers (Brooklyn) and on weekends at the Hester Street Fair (Manhattan). Update: now at Evelyn's Drinkery in Manhattan. Facebook

  • Carnal (Brooklyn NY) is a new barbecue entrant at Smorgasburg, specializing in beef ribs. Thanks to Marty for the lead. Still looking for contact info.

  • Pizza Stop & BBQ (Ashland MA) is a pizza shop that recently added the "and BBQ" part. According to their website, the 'cue "has the flavor and the tenderness that can only be gotten from real wood and slow cooking, just like they do in Texas or Carolina," and that it will "wrap around your taste buds and won't let go." www.trypizzastop.com

  • Mighty Quinn's Barbeque (NYC) is on an expansion tear, adding a new Manhattan outpost earlier this month at Brookfield Place. Mighty Quinn's is part of Hudson Eats, an upscale dining terrace overlooking the Hudson River featuring fast-casual concepts from 14 chef-driven eateries. A similar "food court" concept in Brooklyn is also imminent. www.mightyquinnsbbq.com

  • Tres Carnes (NYC), speaking of expansion tears, now has an outpost in the Financial District. Soon they'll have tres paises. www.trescarnes.com

  • Mexicue (NYC) no longer has its Lower East side location but within the last few weeks opened a new second outpost in Times Square. www.mexicue.com

 

 

CLOSINGS

  • Mexicue (NYC) no longer has its Lower East side location but within the last few weeks opened a new second outpost in Times Square. www.mexicue.com

  • Slowpokes (Concord MA) has closed. Guess I was too much of a slowpoke getting out there, but the lunch-only operation wasn't an easy one to visit without a vacation day.

  • Kit Kat's Smoked BBQ (Pawcatuck CT) is now closed. Thanks to Jeff for the lead. Thanks to Bill for the lead.

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

  • House of Bones (Derby CT) is the new name of the former Smoke 'n' Bones. It's just a name change with new name reflected in the updated website URL; everything else from location to ownership to menu is the same. Thanks to Dan for the lead. www.houseofbonesbbq.com

  • Buenos Diaz Cafe (Woodbury NY) now has a website. Thanks to Greg for the info. www.buenosdiazbbq.com

 

 

 

 

 

(06/23/14)

Long Island BBQ: South Shore BBQ Reviewed

The Long Island reviews continue with the third of four from my recent trip. The site's 314th review is for South Shore BBQ Company (Patchogue NY), the former Canz space showcasing the return of pitmaster Will Breakstone (Willie B's) to Long Island barbecue. 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 South Shore BBQ Company

 

 

 

(06/11/14)

Long Island BBQ: Mara's Too Reviewed

The Long Island reviews continue with the second of four from my recent trip. The site's 313th review is for Mara's Too (Wantagh NY), a joint serving Cajun seafood and Arkansas barbecue. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Mara's Too

 

 

 

 

 

 

(06/09/14)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning

three states. This time there are five new joints, one expansion, two closings and one contraction.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Full Rack Smokehouse (Revere MA) is a dive bar serving smoked chicken and ribs, pizzas and grilled tips and sausages. Oh, and their website claims they serve "the best BBQ food within 100 miles of Boston." Thanks to Morris for the lead that took me a while to investigate. www.fullracksmokehouse.com

  • Q Smokin' Good Food (Springfield MA) is a 3-week old joint (5/19) with a noble claim: "Our meats are smoked low & slow in our Southern Pride smoker and all fixins and sweets (including our tea) are made from scratch with our own recipes." Groundbreaking, no. But encouraging, no? One of their appetizers is a "Cornbread Sundae" with pulled pork, cheddar, sour cream and scallions. Thanks to Mark for the lead. www.qsmokingoodfood.com

  • Southern Style Barbeque (Worcester MA) is a new joint that opened over the weekend. Their menu features ribs, pork, brisket and chicken, presented in a soulfood style.

  • Little Mark's Big BBQ (Vernon CT) expanded to a second location at a stripmall in Bloomfield. www.littlemarksbbq.com

  • Joe's Garage & Grill (Riverhead NY) offers an eclectic menu with the barbecue standards (ribs, pork, brisket), some barbecue derivatives and beyond-BBQ appeal (seared tuna, smoked turkey pot pies, smoked pork belly sliders, 5-cheese grilled cheese sandwich, braised shortribs with bacon, salads with chicken or shrimp). www.joesgarageandgrill.com

  • Chichimecas Mexican Restaurant (Farmingdale NY) features pages of Mexican classics, but if you page down to the end you'll find mesquite smoked pork ribs, pork chops, pulled pork and tinga (spicy pulled pork) with Mexican sides. www.chichimecasrestaurant.com

 

 

CLOSINGS

  • Fatty Cue (NYC) has closed. According to reports, some of the menu will be available at the Fatty Crab, a surviving sister restaurant in the Fatty empire that has shrunk in the wake of founder Zak Pelaccio's departure.

  • Uncle Willie's BBQ (Fairfield CT) has closed, but the West Haven and Symour locations are still open. www.unclewilliesbarbecue.com

  • RJ's Grub (Sunderland MA) is closed. Thanks to Bill for the lead.

 

 

 

 

(06/05/14)

Boston BBQ: Lilian's Smokin' Rack Reviewed

Warmer weather and a day off made it the right situation to try Lilian's Smokin' Rack (Boston MA), a barbecue food truck run by a transplanted Texan. Check out the site's 312th review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Lilian's Smokin' Rack

 

 

 

 

(06/03/14)

Long Island BBQ: Bobbique Re-reviewed

It's been a while since I've been down to Long Island, but I spent a couple days there last week, hitting four barbecue joints along the way. Here's an updated review for Bobbique (Patchogue NY), a joint that was new at the time I first reviewed it but is now one of the oldest. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my updated review of Bobbique

 

 

 

 

 

(05/30/14)

Massachusetts BBQ: Depot Grille Reviewed

The site's 311th barbecue review is for Depot Grille & Bar (Pepperell MA), a strip mall eatery whose barbecue cred I initially doubted when it was suggested to me by a reader years ago. Should I have trusted my first instinct? Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Depot Grille & Bar

 

 

 

(05/29/14)

Boston Barbecue: Causeway Opening Near

Although they missed the projected late April or early May opening, it now looks like "that barbecue joint across from the Garden" is within weeks of opening, according to pitmaster Ruben Garza. The outside may be boarded, but the kitchen is outfitted with a J&R smoker and the interior decor (a mix of sports, spirits and rock & roll) is nearly complete. There are bars on the first and second floors, with roomy leather booths and banquettes making for a comfortable dining setting. Most of the walls are exposed brick.

 

Here's a quick and admittedly blurry look at what I found when I stumbled in.

 

 

 

See the rest of the photos here

 

 

 

 

 

(05/23/14)

Massachusetts BBQ: Carnivores Reviewed

The site's 310th barbecue review is for Carnivores All American BBQ (Milford), a month-old over-the-counter joint with a wide menu. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my review of Carnivores

 

 

 

 

 

(05/13/14)

Site Talk: How Many Visits Per Review?

In response to a photo in the PigTrip Facebook Page yesterday, reader Dan asked:

 

What rules do you have for reviewing new restaurants? Do you try it a certain number of times before posting a review? I've always found that new places have considerable growing pains, so I don't make any decisions based on my first visit. But then again, a new BBQ restaurant could really benefit from a review on here and may not have the time to wait for you to get there 2 or 3 times.

 

I'm hoping an answer here is of benefit and interest. There aren't any hard and fast rules, but several factors impact the approach.

 

 

Opinion

 

The simple (and ideal) answer to the question of how many visits to make before doing a review is "however many it takes to form an opinion I can stand behind." And that varies. Some joints I can peg (or at least think I have pegged) in a single visit. Others could go either way in that good/bad coinflip. Some have very different first and second visits, and the third is the tiebreaker. Some are just plain inconsistent. Some aren't so good but the potential is obvious. Others aren't so good and I can't see them ever being any better.

 

 

Location

 

Last summer I reviewed Mainely Meat (Ellsworth ME) and 4 Points BBQ (Winterport ME), visited once apiece on a mini vacation. Sure, more visits would have been great. But I have no idea if I'll ever make it up to that part of Maine within a lifetime, never mind a year, so one visit each it had to be and one visit each it was. Other joints, such as Riverside Barbeque (Nashua NH), Smokestack Urban Barbecue (Worcester MA) and Slowbones (Burlington MA), got 6+ visits apiece because it was geographically easy for me to do so. A few that I hope to hit this summer in the Hudson Valley will be 1-visit reviews out of necessity.

 

 

Newness

 

Beyond doing multiple visits to combat the possible "errant" early review, I try wherever possible to look past just the meals I've eaten and imagine what things might be like with more seasoning (the intangible kind, not spices). I do that even for places that have been around a while. With barbecue especially, one visit is not always representative, so I try to point out things might be better with better luck on timing the next visit and better skill in the holding or reheating.

 

But let's get one thing straight: there are some who say it's unfair to review a barbecue joint in the first few months, and to that I say bullshit. If the doors are open and they're charging for the food, they're also open for criticism. And if they're one of those joints who brag on their website that they are "the best barbecue on the planet" (or such), then they're really open for criticism.

 

That said, there's still reason not to review a joint too soon. The common perception is that places improve over time, and that's not always the case. Sometimes, a joint is best at or near the beginning of its existence because the staff has been well trained, the owner/chef/pitmaster is onhand every night and the standards are kept high by coaching and constant observation. Then, through a combination of staff attrition, owner/chef/pitmaster distraction (always more projects) and gradual decline of standards (much like my diets over the years), the quality goes down instead of up. Then there are the cases where reality sets in: after the first few weeks, shifting focus on efficiency and the bottom line can cause some recipes to be stripped of key ingredients, some preparations to be compromised and some portions to be cut.

 

But I digress.

 

 

Importance

 

For new restaurants of high importance and curiosity, such as Hometown BBQ (Brooklyn NY), Salvage BBQ (Portland ME) and Sweet Cheeks (Boston MA), there are two conflicting goals in play: I want to have an early review that might get PigTrip some coverage from mainstream and quasi-mainstream media sites, but I also want to be thorough and accurate. Solution: I do a "First Look" review, sometimes calling it "Preview"—not to be confused with the kind of preview restaurants sometimes hold for the usual gang of freebie-grabbing bloggers I'll never join—based on a very early first visit. I then go back and do a more in-depth real review based on more visits over time. This approach I think is a good compromise between early and accurate.

 

In general, the more important a joint is, the more visits I want going into the review and the more dishes I want covered. When my long awaited review update for Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q (West Newton MA) happens, it's going to be based on several visits.

 

 

 

Fairness

 

While this is just a hobby and the restaurant budget comes out of my own pocket, not a publication expense account, I still try to have a sense of fairness and journalistic integrity. Some may be disappointed that I never say "This place blows," but if I do a meat-by-meat rundown and say all of them were dry and none of them had flavor, I've said it blows without saying it blows. That said, unless the place outright lies to me, is rude to me or completely disrespects barbecue (or burgers) in general, I generally don't like to trash a place based on one tasting. If I am going to trash a place, I like to have photographic ammo and base it on multiple items per visit as well as multiple visits. Remember folks, the goal isn't to "get these guys." It's to describe the food well enough that any reader can decide whether to go.

 

 

Quality

 

But if it's absolutely horrible, especially if it's dangerously horrible, then sorry—I don't feel compelled to put good money after bad just to have bad food again. 

 

 

Schedule

 

Sometimes I know I'm not going to get to a place for a while and post a review right away rather than wait it out. Other times I mean to visit again right away but it keeps getting pushed off by the four W's (work, wife, weather, who's going with me). And then there are times when I wind up getting more visits than planned because I got so busy that never had time to write the review after the first visit or two.

 

So there ya have it. No hard and fast rules, but that's my thinking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(05/12/14)

Brooklyn BBQ: G. Lee's Reviewed

The site's 309th barbecue review is for G. Lee's Smokin' BBQ (Brooklyn NY), a lesser known joint in the Brooklyn barbecue explosion, but one that's using real smoke. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

 

 

See my review of G. Lee's smokin' BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

(04/23/14)

Worcester Burgers: Ceres Bistro Reviewed

Time for another burger review, and for another from New England's second largest city. It's Ceres Bistro (Worcester MA) at the Beachwood Hotel.

See my burger review for Ceres Bistro

 

 

 

 

 

(05/05/14)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning

six states. This time there are eleven new joints, one expansion, two closings, one slight name change, one website change and one new phone number.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Smoke Box BBQ (Hamden CT) is what happens when a restaurateur can't keep up with the demand for smoked meats at his bistro, so he creates a new lunchtime barbecue joint that stocks the bistro at night. Thanks to both Zeke and Lisa for info. www.smokeboxbbqhamden.com

  • Wire Mill BBQ (Redding CT) is one of those joints doing the website right: the menu and hours are easy to find, they tell you a bit about themselves and show you the smoker on which the barbecue is cooked, and the food photos look both good and real. www.wiremillbbq.com

  • Brutopia Bewery & Kitchen (Cranston RI) is "Cranston's first and only brew pub," opening tonight with an accompanying barbecue menu featuring both babybacks and spares. Joining forces are master brewer Sean Larkin and executive chef Wayne Gibson. Thanks to Jeff for info. www.brutopiabrewery.com

  • Carnivores All American BBQ (Milford MA) is a new joint with a wide menu including smoked wings and burnt ends Thanks to Steve for the info. Facebook

  • Bubby's High Line (NYC) is an expansion to the West Village located at street level under the High Line's southernmost entrance. www.bubbys.com

  • Southern Smoke (greater Burlington VT) is a food truck whose 2014 locations may still be in flux, but the 2013 schedule is posted in a positive review here. Thanks to Martin for the lead. www.southernsmokefoods.com

  • Fireside BBQ & Grill (Salt Point NY) is a Hudson Valley joint whose ribs appear to be "slow roasted," but tri-tip and peanut cole slaw add some character. www.firesidebbqgrill.com

  • Gaslight Bar & Grill (Lake George NY) is another Hudson Valley proponent of "slow roasted" meats, with an all encompassing, something-for-everyone menu. www.gaslightbarandgrill.com

  • Willie's BBQ (Benson VT) is a Thursday-through-Sunday trailer operation serving burgers, barbecue and southern food. Facebook

  • Delta Blue (Lake Placid NY) is a New Orleans joint with barbecue (smoked ribs, pork brisket) among its wide selection of Cajun fare featuring po boys, gumbo, shrimp and grits, crawfish etoufee and a few burgers and salads. www.deltabluelp.com

  • Yeah Baby's BBQ & Grill (Morristown VT) is a northern Vermont converted ice cream stand with a diner-like menu featuring burgers, dogs, soups and salads in addition to the barbecue. Facebook

  • The Shed BBQ (Rangely ME) is a northern Maine lakeside joint keeps things simple with ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, burgers and fried clams. Are you ready to get shedfaced? www.getshedfaced.com

 

 

CLOSINGS

  • Little Brother BBQ (Brooklyn NY) has closed. According to the phone message, it's closed temporarily and will be reopening as something else.

  • Belted Cow Bistro (Essex Junction VT NY) has closed. Thanks to Marc for the lead.

 

OTHER CHANGES

  • Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ (Milford NH) now has a phone. Facebook

  • Smoke House (Newport RI) is the new name of Smokehouse Cafe, with a new website to boot. It appears that ownership and much of the menu are the same. www.smokehousenewport.com

 

 

 

 

 

(04/30/14)

Brooklyn BBQ: Hill Country Reviewed

The site's 308th barbecue review is for Hill Country (Brooklyn NY), the new outer borough outpost of the 7 year old Manhattan original. Ideally, both joints should be covered in one review, but ideally, any review update of a joint as important as Hill Country requires more time and more meals. So this is a quick way to put a stake in the ground for Brooklyn while still maintaining the goal of a more meaningful update 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 Hill Country Brooklyn

 

 

 

 

(04/23/14)

Boston Burgers: Kirkland Tap & Trotter Reviewed

Time for another burger review, and for another burger I've been anticipating for a while. It's Kirkland Tap & Trotter (Somerville MA), the second restaurant by chef/owner Tony Maws (Craigie On Main).

See my burger review for Kirkland Tap & Trotter

 

 

 

 

 

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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Ribs and sausage at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Half chicken at SlowBones, Burlington MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Lester's, Burlington MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.

 

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Ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Brisket sandwich at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Red Eyed Pig, West Roxbury MA.

 

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Brisket and pork belly at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Wings at Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop MA.

 

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Ribs at Full Rack Smokehouse, Revere MA.

 

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Ribs at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Ribs and fried chicken at Southern Style Barbeque, Worcester MA.

 

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Babybacks at Chip Shots, Littleton MA.

 

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Brisket at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Firefly's (food truck), Marlborough MA.

 

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Babybacks and brisket at Po's Barbecue, Acton MA.

 

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Wings at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.

 

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Sausage at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Ribs and brisket at KC's Rib Shack, Manchester NH.

 

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Ribs at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.

 

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Ribs and brisket at Southern Style Barbeque, Worcester MA.

 

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Ribs at Southern Style Barbeque, Worcester MA.

 

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Brisket and ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Pork belly at Red Eyed Pig, West Roxbury MA.

 

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Brisket at Blue Ribbon, West Newton MA.

 

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Smoked wings at Scratch Kitchen, Salem MA.

 

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Ribs at Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport CT.

 

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Ribs, chicken and sausage at Mara's Too, Wantagh NY.

 

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Brisket at South Shore BBQ, Patchogue NY.

 

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Ribs at Bobbique, Patchogue NY.

 

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Babybacks, St Louis ribs and beef ribs at Smokin' Al's, Massapequa Park NY.

 

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Pulled pork and ribs at Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Lilian's Smokin' Rack Barbecue, Boston MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Chip Shots, Littleton MA.

 

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

 

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Babybacks, chicken and pulled pork chili at Depot Grille & Bar, Pepperell MA.

 

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Ribs and brisket at Carnivores All American BBQ, Milford MA.

 

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

 

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Ribs and pulled pork at Carnivores All American BBQ, Milford MA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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