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Archive - October 2012




Connecticut BBQ: Knuckleheads Reviewed

The site's 265th barbecue review is for Knuckleheads (Wallingford CT), a sandwich shop making no pretense of being a barbecue joint, but they do have smoked pork and brisket. 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 Knuckleheads







Vermont BBQ: Mama T's Reviewed

The site's 264th barbecue review is for Mama T's Country Kitchen (Rutland VT), a homey joint run by Texas transplants. 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 Mama T's Country Kitchen






Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are two new joints, four closings, a record three temporary closings (and a record three of which I actually believe are only temporary), two new websites, one new Facebook page and two menu changes that remove enough barbecue to disqualify the restaurants as barbecue joints.




  • Binga's Wingas (Yarmouth ME) at some point expanded their wingscentric menu to include the same barbecue offerings as at their Portland sportsbar expansion. Thanks to William for the lead.

  • Bridge View Tavern (Sleepy Hollow NY) is a Westchester county joint with as much emphasis on well selected drafts (growlers, anyone?) as in the smoky arts.




  • Rockhouse BBQ & Wings (Manchester CT) closed at the end of business yesterday, after less than 4 months in business.

  • Sea Smoke (Scarborough ME) had last year's review start with "Tucked quietly in the nondescript Dolphin Plaza on Route 1." It must have been even quieter than I thought, because this year they've gone quietly into that good night. Thanks to Brian for the info.

  • Pot Belly Jim's (Norton MA) is closed. Thanks to the Roche Brothers (supermarket) operator who confirmed the closing that I suspected after their Facebook went down and their phone went unanswered. It's not always the case that closings result from lack of business, but if it was in this case, their lack of a website and lack of a menu on Facebook certainly didn't help the cause.

  • Barnacle BBQ (Mamaroneck NY) has closed.




  • Uncle Willie's BBQ (West Haven CT) has a new website:

  • John Brown Smokehouse (Long Island City NY) has a new website:

  • Sons of Stephanie's (Norwood MA) has a Facebook page. Facebook

  • Smokestack Urban Barbecue (Worcester MA) closed temporarily last night in preparation for their move around the corner to a new (smaller) location on Green Street. Their plan is to open the new space in November.

  • Fatty Cue (Brooklyn NY) has had its Williamsburg location closed for some time now for renovations. The West Village outpost is still running strong.

  • RUB (NYC) is closed temporarily after having a stolen SUV crash into their front windows.

  • Spirit (Cambridge MA) has been "grayed out" after a recent menu change that took ribs and brisket off the menu.

  • Jerry Remy's (Boston MA) is also "grayed out." At one time they had beef shortribs, two kinds of pork ribs, smoked chicken, pulled pork and brisket, and much of it was surprisingly good, but they sold their smoker and the downhill trend and thinning of the barbecue menu continued in lockstep over time. But the removal of the ribs—even the soggy, unsmoked and oversauced in their most recent incarnation—was the final straw. According to management, the ribs may make a comeback, but without the smoker, I see no point.






Maine BBQ: Binga's Stadium Re-reviewed

The review updates continue, this time for Binga's Stadium (Portland ME), a sportsbar that's a wing joint that dabbles in 'cue—with a wider array of smoky offerings these days. 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 Binga's Stadium






Rhode Island BBQ: Wes' Rib House Reviewed

Never let it be said that I don't give a second chance to joints that got a less-than-favorable review the first time around. My re-review of Wes' Rib House (Providence RI, this time with photos) goes the route of most second chances. 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 Wes' Rib House






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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Sausage at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.


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Pulled pork at Knuckleheads, Wallingford CT.


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Ribs at Bar Q, Stamford CT.


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Ribs at Vermont Maple BBQ, Randolph VT.


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Brisket and pulled pork at Mama T's, Rutland VT.


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










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