BBQ Restaurant Reviews, Listings, Essays, Info, Opinion
One man's quest to eat at 365 barbecue joints in 365 days for his upcoming book that will list the top 100.
Bulletin board reviews from a diverse audience provide exceptionally balanced and reliable info on restaurants of all kinds. A fantastic resource for info on new places.
Greater Boston / Northern New England / Southern New England
NYC Manhattan / NYC Outer Boroughs / New York State / New Jersey
Very useful search tool and menu listings site for several large American cities, including New York and Boston. A great way to locate (participating) BBQ joints by neighborhood; New York's listings are infinitely more representative than Boston's.
Boston / Boston BBQ / Boston burgers
New York / New York BBQ / New York burgers
Nice site featuring mom & pop joints across the country; Connecticut-based writers; barbecue coverage is limited for the Northeast compared to the South; reviews tend to be positive-only but generally reliable. Most of the reviewed joints are in the New York Area: Big W's Bar-B-Q in Wingdale NY, Dinosaur in NYC, Georgia's Eastside BBQ in NYC, Hill Country in NYC, RUB in NYC, Second's BBQ in Amityville NY, Southern Hospitality in NYC. For some reason, the search engine no longer returns several formerly available Northeast BBQ reviews, but here are some links: Bub's (Sunderland MA), Curtis BBQ (Putney VT), Uncle Willie's (Waterbury CT).
Well-written site covering all aspects of enjoying food. Check out this preview of Bailey's Smokehouse in Blauvelt NY.
Originally the restaurant blog of New York Magazine, Grub Street has since taken its entertaining restaurant news and gossip site national.
Clever writing and objective position make it the go-to site for restaurant openings, closings and gossip in New York City and now also in Boston.
Boston / New York
Web version of those popular maroon pocket guides; the opinions are not all that useful, but it's a good source for leads, addresses and phone numbers.
BBQ Pilgrim (dormant)
Multimedia site with profiles and recordings of barbecue personalities. Northeast BBQ joints include Dinosaur in NY and Curtis BBQ in Putney VT.
Restaurant directory by the Boston-based TV show; scope includes New England; I watch the TV show but the BBQ reviews are generally not very reliable.
Serious Eats / Serious Eats: New York
This site is a must-visit for foodies, with restaurant banter (minus the gossip), food news and trends and ocasional barbecue paydirt.
Guide to BBQ festivals held around the country. Also includes hot sauce festivals, restaurant listings, competition info and links to BBQ blogs.
Kevin's BBQ Joints (dormant)
Great resource for barbecue joints all across the country, with handy Google maps.
BBQ Blogs with Some Restaurant Content
White Trash BBQ, now White Trash Barbecue (dormant)
Brooklyn-based blogger Robert Fernandez riffs on competitions, home cooking and news from the barbecue world, with some restaurant commentary. Check out his reviews of Blue Smoke, Bone Lick Park, Brother Jimmy's (1), Brother Jimmy's (2), Brother Jimmy's (3), Bobbique, Daisy May's (1), Daisy May's (2), Daisy May's (3), Daisy May's (4), Dinosaur (1), Dinosaur (2), Fatty Cue, Fette Sau, Jake's, Joey's, Mo Gridder's, RUB (1) , RUB (2), Ruby's Famous BBQ Joint, Spanky's, Three Brothers Butcher, Virgil's, Waterfront Ale House, Wildwood BBQ.
NYC BBQ Blog (dormant)
Not a critic, just a BBQ lover on a quest. Check out the reviews of Blue Smoke, Brooklyn Ice House, Brother Jimmy's, Dallas BBQ, Dallas Jones BBQ, Dinosaur, Fette Sau, Fort Reno, Hill Country, Jake's BBQ, Little Brother BBQ, Peaches Hot House, Pork Slope, Smoke Joint, Spoonbread Too.
3rd Degree Berns BBQ Sabbatical (dormant)
The "realm of the unkosher" extends from Georgia (author's previous location) to New York (new location), plus the Carolinas to Texas to Kansas City. Check out his reviews of Blue Smoke, Bone Lick Park, Dinosaur, Fette Sau, Hill Country.
Hampton Smoker (dormant)
New York blogger Matt Fisher focuses on cooking, with some restaurant content.
Ted Lorson's BBQ Blog (dormant)
Connecticut writer from the QHaven competition team that was the NEBS 2006 rookie team of the year; focus is on competitions, with some restaurant content. Check out his reviews of Big Bubba's BBQ (1), Big Bubba's BBQ (2), Black-eyed Sally's, Chester's BBQ, The Cookhouse Café, Daisy May's (1) , Daisy May's (2), Danny's Little Taste of Texas, Dinosaur BBQ (Syracuse), Hill Country, Holy Smokes, Red Rose Cafe, Route 7 Grill and SouthernQue.
BBQ Illuminati (dormant)
Sledneck's new blog is a mix of barbecue, barbecue news and all-around enjoyment of good eats. Check out his reviews of Express BBQ, RUB and Ruby's Famous BBQ Joint in New York, plus Lexington #1 in North Carolina.
All-around site with recipes, instruction, bulletin boards.
Restaurant Blogs with Some BBQ Content
Off the Broiler
Inside the mind of eGullet founder Jason Perlow, with daily updates and an abundance of photos and multimedia. Check out his coverage of Bailey's Smokehouse in Blauvelt NY, Bourbon BBQ in Wyckoff NJ, Dinosaur in NYC, Front Street Smokehouse in Elizabeth NJ, Hill Country BBQ in NYC and video of the 2006 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party.
Writing With My Mouth Full (more recipes now)
This New York writer covers high end and ethnic fare, but weighs in on Daisy May's, Dinosaur, Fatty Cue, Hill Country, Oklahoma Smoke, RUB, Town Line BBQ and Wildwood BBQ.
Hub Food Trucks
Info and reviews on Boston's most popular food trucks, all in one place. Barbecue truck reviews include BBQsmith, M&M Ribs, Redbones.
Blog Soop (dormant)
A clever blog compilation resource for New York restaurants: choose the cuisine, location or restaurant and see what various bloggers had to say.
Ozersky TV (dormant)
Although the star of Josh Ozersky's videos is always himself, the co-star is often great coverage of barbecue and barbecue personalities, including Scott Smith of RUB and Adam Perry Lang of Daisy May's.
Yet another New York blogger, with a focus on beef, from high end steakhouses to burger shacks and barbecue joints. He has a love/hate relationship with Hill Country, with posts after the 2007 Big Apple Block Party, after his first visit in July 2007, an August 2007 visit, and a November 2007 visit. Also check out his recent reviews of Fette Sau (Brooklyn), the Smoke Joint (Brooklyn), Southern Hospitality and Wildwood BBQ (NYC).
Maine's leading food bloggers get a good dose of barbecue in: Buck's Naked, Deux Cochon, Shaw's Ridge Farm, Sista's BBQ, The SoPo
(plus many joints with near-BBQ items on the menu)
A Stamford-focused couple hits it all from bistro to joint, and some of the joints are barbecue: Ash Creek Saloon, Bar Q, BJ Ryan's B AN C House, Bobby Q, Dinosaur BBQ (be sure to check out the many burger posts as well)
Blog and Website Directories
Blog directory with many search categories.
Blog Flux Directory
Blog directory with many search categories.
Blog Top Sites
Blog directory with many search categories.
BBQ Bulletin Boards & Forums
Steve Raichlen's Barbecue Bible
Extensive postings of BBQ restaurants, some in the Northeast.
BBQ Brethren / Forum (membership required but free)
Comprehensive BBQ cooking resource, with an occasional restaurant mention, such as: Porky/Les on Bad Bob's in Oceanside NY; MotoEric/Eric on BBQ Inc. in Rockville Centre NY; Sledneck/Steve on Big Daddy's in Massapequa; Porky/Les on Big Ed's Barbeque in Long Beach NY; BigBarry on Bobbique in Patchogue NY; Pigmaker23/Eric on Buck's Naked in Freeport ME (and other Maine BBQ); RockawayBeachBQ on Daisy May's in NYC; Cabrito/Walter on Harbor Q in Port Washington NY; Porky/Les on Hill Country in NYC; Militant Squatter/Vinny on Hog House in Merrick NY; Pigmaker23/Eric (and others) on Mo Gridder's in the Bronx; Sledneck/Steve on Mo Gridder's in the Bronx; MotoEric/Eric and MilitantSquatter/Vinny on RS Jones in Merrick NY; MAsQue/Brian and others on Rib City Alehouse in Port Jefferson NY; MilitantSquatter/Vinny on RUB in NYC;
MilitantSquatter/Vinny on Ruby's Famous BBQ Joint in East Meadow NY; MilitantSquatter/Vinny on Ruby's Famous BBQ Joint (new pitmaster 2009) in East Meadow NY;MotoEric/Eric on Second's BBQ in Amityville NY; MotoEric/Eric and Sledneck/Steve on Second's BBQ in Amityville NY; MotoEric/Eric on Smokehouse Grill in Sayville NY; MotoEric/Eric asking about Smokey Joe's in Stamford CT; MotoEric/Eric on Smokin' Al's in Massapequa Park NY; MotoEric/Eric on Smokin' Sloe's in Northport NY; Sledneck/Steve and others on SoulFire in Boston MA; Sledneck/Steve and others on South of the Border BBQ in East Meadow NY; Militant Squatter/Vinny on Southern Hospitality in NYC; Militant Squatter/Vinny and MotoEric/Eric on Sparky's Texas BBQ in Farmingdale NY; Militant Squatter/Vinny (and others) on Swingbelly's in Long Beach NY; MotoEric/Eric and Sledneck/Steve on Tennessee Jed's BBQ in Wantagh NY; Militant Squatter/Vinny on Willie B's in Bay Shore NY.
These are broken down by topic and include all regions of the US. Here's the BBQ forum.
Valuable BBQ cooking resource, including a bulletin board, blog and podcasts featuring interviews with noted BBQ personalities.
BBQ Association Websites
NEBS - New England Barbecue Society
Lots of information on New England and New York barbecue competition events, cooking classes, judging classes and barbecue events open to the public.
KCBS - Kansas City Barbeque Society
Intense site geared to barbecue competitions nationwide, including schedules, rules, etc.
Northeast Competition Teams With Web Sites
2 Fat Polocks
Better BBQ Bureau
Fat Angel BBQ
Howling Hog BBQ
Insane Swine BBQ
IQue / see also IQue Blog / see also Fearless Chef
I Smell Smoke / see also The Barbecue Odyssey
Lakeside Smokers Blog
Lost Nation Smoke Company
Lunchmeat (photo album)
Muzzle Brake Outfitters
Purple Turtle Catering Company
R2BQ, aka Sledneck
Q Haven / see also Ted Lorson's BBQ Blog
Smoke In Da Eye / see also Blog In Da Eye
BBQ Restaurant Info/Reviews Elsewhere in America
This is an all-around hole-in-the-wall review site with a focus on hot dog joints, New England clam shacks, Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwiches and North Carolina BBQ.
Off The Broiler's Finger-Lickin' Ginormous Carolina 'Q Post
Jason Perlow's recent barbecue tour through North and South Carolina.
The Texas BBQ Trail
A guide to the legendary "Texas Hill Country" joints in the greater Austin area.
Texas Monthly's Top 50 BBQ Joints
Compiled in May 2013 and listed alphabetically by city, this guide is chock full of info for a Texas BBQ crawl. Also see the June 2008 list.
Full Custom Gospel BBQ (Texas) (dormant)
Over a hundred Texas barbecue joints reviewed, with even more listed that haven't been reviewed yet. This includes many of the legendary Texas joints you've heard about and hidden gems you probably won't read about anywhere else.
Doop and Kyle's Bar-B-Q Review (dormant)
Florida barbecue, reviewed Siskel and Ebert style with two opinions.
Smoked Pig and Sweet Tea (dormant)
Barbecue reviews from the South, mostly covering Florida. The posts aren't recent, but there's some good info there.
BBQ Books, Magazines, Newspapers
National Barbecue News
Mostly geared to competition schedules and news, often with features and listings of BBQ restaurants.
The only bookstore that specializes in BBQ books.
Hot Sauce Blog
The go-to site for hot sauces also covers BBQ sauces.
BBQ Sauce Reviews
Very entertaining site, with subjective but scientifically-determined ratings of sauces. Good selection of large and small manufacturers, including restaurants.
Mostly Cooking Blogs
"Meathead" has created an educational site about ribs and barbecue that's as entertaining as it is informative.
Nibble Me This
Prolific posts, fantastic photography.
Whether it's the food or the stories, it's always a great read.
My Year on the Grill
One man's attempt to improve his outdoor cooking skills (grilling and smoking) to justify his $12,000 patio.
One Food Guy (dormant)
His restaurant list overlaps perfectly with mine, and his pizzas rock.
Food On the Food
A traditional food blog with amusing anecdotes, assorted recipes and links to other typical, traditional (read:non-BBQ) food blogs that are outside the radar of most of the other links on this page.
Other Food and Drink Blogs You May Like
A Hamburger Today
The lowdown on burgers, with a strong Northeast focus.
Already listed above, this one deserves another mention here because it's very much a burger blog and what I consider the authority on New York City burgers.
Boston Burger Blog
The name pretty much says it all. I've been to many of the places reviewed by this burger loving duo, and I mostly agree with their findings.
Burger of the Month (dormant)
Rankings of New York burgers by a dedicated panel.
Burger Sutra (dormant)
His-and-hers reviews of burgers from Boston to Washington DC.
Small Boston Kitchen
Cooking, high end dining, and burger reviews from a woman's perspective.
Hot 'n' Saucy Wings (dormant)
This site is the Pigtrip of Buffalo wings, possibly the only food more fattening bite-for-bite than pork ribs.
Best Wings: Long Island
Nice new site with concise, edgy reviews and fantastic wing porn. Appropriately, many of the reviews are of barbecue joints: Smokin' Al's Swingbellys Tennessee Jed's
Men of Wings (dormant)
Boston-centric site with reviews that head out to western Mass, New Hampshire and Vermont. A few barbecue joints got a look here as well: Farm Bar Theodore's Whiskey's
Ono Kine Grindz (dormant)
If you're planning a trip to Hawaii and want some ono grindz, or just want to live vicariously, this is da site, bra. The recent posts have become a little less Hawaii-centric and a lot less frequent, but there is a huge repository of info on good Oahu eats.
Another Hawaii food blog, with frequent updates and a good mix of cooking and restaurant content. For some mouthwatering BBQ grindz, check out this post: Big Island Smoked Pork.
Hub Chow (dormant)
Irreverant Boston restaurant blog that's refreshingly honest, always perceptive and often hilarious.
This often-updated blog on barbecue's kissin' cousin is a gateway to all things bacon.
If you're willing to travel the country in search of Vietnamese noodle soup, this is the site for you.
Hot Sauce Blog
The authority on hot sauces.
The Blog Nut (dormant)
All doughnuts, all the time. 'Nuff said.
The dirt on that corporate behemoth that some love and some loveto hate.
Sandwich food porn unencumbered by words.
Chefs, Barbecue and Otherwise
Ray Lampe, formerly of New York City's Southern Hospitality, has a revamped site with more photos and more information.
The dish on Long Island's food and restaurant scene from Joan Reminick, Erica Marcus and company at Newsday. Requires subscription to see more than just the previews.
North Jersey.com Food and Dining
North Jersey restaurant news from the Record.
MC Slim JB
Boston's most erudite food critic is a regular (and my favorite) Boston Chowhound contributor who was offered gigs with the Weekly Dig, Stuff @ Night, Boston Phoenix and Boston magazine. I particularly like his rants on the Phantom Gourmet and Todd English.
This behind-the-scenes account from a waiter's perspective is funny, informative and was one of the most addictive reads on the internet until he wrtote his book. Check out the older stuff first.
The Bitchy Waiter
Another waiter blog that seems angry at first, but there's some thoughtful stuff in there.
Server Not Servant
Boston food service professional Patrick Maguire's rambling on customers, tipping and all things restaurant service-related.
Just Plain Fun
Suicide Food (dormant)
A celebration of logos and other advertising where the pigs and other mascots seem to want to be killed or eaten. No longer acttive but still a fun read.