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Archive - March 2012





New York BBQ: Nicky's Beer Garden BBQ Reviewed

The site's 247th barbecue review is for Nicky's Beer Garden BBQ (the Bronx), a down and dirty pub that serves a variety of smoked fare. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or link to reviews using the red icons in the Joints directory.


see my review of this joint


See my review of Nicky's Beer Garden BBQ






Boston Burgers: Wahlburgers Reviewed

Burgers are hot, so burger-driven joints are popping up all over. In greater Boston, a relative new kid on the block (NKOTB if you will) is Wahlburgers (Hingham MA), masterminded by Dorchester's brothers Wahlberg. Is it just another celebrity vanity project or a legit burger? Check out the review and see where I stand.

See my review of Wahlburgers






New York BBQ: Back Forty West Reviewed

The site's 246th barbecue review is for Back Forty West (NYC), a SoHo eatery that's a spinoff of Back Forty and a replacement of Savoy. Unlike either of the other two, this one has a smoker, though it makes no claims of being a barbecue joint per se. With ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken and waffles on the menu, it was certainly worth a look, so I stopped in for lunch and posted this review. Check it out via the Reviews page, the link above or link to reviews using the red icons in the Joints directory.



See my review of Back Forty West






NYC, Beyond BBQ: Pastrami at Katz's Deli

And now for something a little different: a look at the pastrami at Katz's Delicatessen (NYC), a 100-year-old institution.



See my review of Katz's






Boston BBQ, Boston Burgers: Abigail's Reviewed

The site's 245th barbecue review is for Abigail's (Cambridge MA), a Kendall Square newcomer with a diversified menu that includes barbecue-influenced sandwiches and small plates, a barbecue brunch and a nifty burger among its offerings. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or link to reviews using the red icons in the Joints directory.



See my review of Abigail's






New Hampshire BBQ: Arnie's Place Reviewed

The site's 244th barbecue review is for Arnie's Place (Concord NH), a seasonal ice cream and barbecue joint that's already open for 2012. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or link to reviews using the red icons in the Joints directory.



See my review of Arnie's Place






Manchester BBQ: Insert (Your) Name Here

The building that housed the recently closed Famous Dave's (Manchester NH) is available for rental to a barbecue-based restaurant business. Property owner Bernardo Gasser contacted me to let PigTrip readers know that the 8300 square foot facility is available, outfitted with decor, furniture and all kitchen equipment. This also includes a Southern Pride 1400 smoker. Located in a high traffic area across the street from the Mall of New Hampshire and with equipment already in place, this is a turnkey opportunity for an established barbecue joint looking to expand or a fledgling operation looking to minimize startup costs.



For more information or to schedule a showing, contact Bernardo at (603) 345-3838.





Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning five states. This time there are five new joints, four closings, one contraction and two new websites.



  • Dagwood's Kansas City BBQ (New London CT) is a new barbecue joint that's been open a couple of months. The narrow menu has the basic four (ribs, pork, brisket, chicken) and four sides. Thanks to Sledneck for the lead.

  • 151 Grill (Mahopac NY) is a Hudson Valley BBQ joint with the usual barbecue staples, plus burnt ends, smoked wings, sweet potato tots with fluff, fried ribs and pulled pork lasagna. Thanks to David for the lead.

  • Nichols Top of the Hill Grill & BBQ (New Sharon ME) is a northern Maine joint serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, though they only serve ribs Friday and Saturday dinners.

  • Up North BBQ (Chazy NY) is about as north as you can get without hitting Canada. They serve burgers, hot dogs and smoked fare that doesn't include brisket but does include "herb encrusted beef." Up North opens up for the season on March 13. Facebook

  • Screaming Boar Smokehouse (Littleton NH) is a new joint serving what they call "high performance BBQ." The menu includes the basic four, plus smoked meatloaf and prime rib on Saturdays.



  • Canz (NYC) has closed its Manhattan outpost, leaving the mini chain with three locations (Queens and Long Island). Maybe it's the curse of the pulled pork sandwich, which is on the menu in the three surviving locations but never was in Manhattan. Coincidence? Perhaps not.

  • When Pigs Fly BBQ Shack (Montauk NY) is now closed.

  • Dallas Jones Bar-B-Q (NYC) closed a little over a month ago.

  • Country Good BBQ (Fitchburg MA) is now closed. Thanks to John for the info.








New York BBQ: Blue Smoke Review Update

Here's an updated review for Blue Smoke (NYC), the barbecue joint that perhaps more than any other is responsible for the barbecue renaissance in New York City. Check out the review update via the Reviews page, the link above or link to reviews using the red icons in the Joints directory.



See my review update for Blue Smoke





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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Porky beans and jowl at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.


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Ribs at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.


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Pulled pork, brisket and pulled chicken at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.


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Pulled pork sandwich at Nicky's BBQ and Beer Garden, NYC in the Bronx.


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Chicken, pulled pork, brisket and ribs on the Pig Out platter at Virgil's, NYC.


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Pulled pork sammy at Back Forty West, NYC.


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Pastrami deckle at RUB, NYC.


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Ribs, pulled pork and brisket at Harley's Smokeshack, NYC (East Harlem).


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BBQ brisket sandwich at Abigail's, Cambridge MA.


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Beef ribs, brisket and pulled pork at Texas BBQ Company, Northborough MA.


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Ribs and sausage at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.









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