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Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ

Milford NH

Wicked Awesome BBQ

East Thetford VT

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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)


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:

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:

Katz's Delicatessen NYC

Donna's Donuts

Tewksbury MA


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Fatty Cue First Visit Recap

Blackstrap BBQ opening

Damon Amendolara interview

Dinosaur Harlem's new digs

BT's Smokehouse opening

2009 Wings Rankings

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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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Archive - May 2013




Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning five states. This time there are three new joints, one about to open, three expansions, two closings, one suspected closing, one reopening, another reopening of sorts, one temporary closing, one move, one website URL change and one website addition.



  • Pride and Joy BBQ (NYC) isn't open quite yet, contrary to a recent New York Post article, but they should be up and running later this month. They'll bring another strong barbecue contender to the East Village, courtesy of owner (and competition legend) Myron Mixon. Also working the pits is Hill Country alum Pete Daversa. Mixon is a controversial figure and the joint is an extension of Pride and Joy Miami (chain alert), so there's bound to be some polarization. Me? I'm looking forward to it and hope it succeeds, if for no other reason than to make it easier to get a seat at nearby Mighty Quinn's Barbeque. This one's been on my radar for quite some time, but thanks still go to Sledneck for leading me to the article attempting to pinpoint the opening.

  • Fletcher's (NYC) will be slinging their Brooklyn barbecue in Manhattan—out of a shipping container at Pier 57, to be more precise—starting tomorrow.

  • Uncle Willie's BBQ (Fairfield CT) is the newest and third location for the always-on-the-move set of joints that started in Waterbury and now has locations in Seymour and West Haven. Since we're talking tandems and crawls, this location of Uncle Willie's is less than a mile from Wilson's (also Fairfield CT). They've also upgraded their website.

  • Virgil's Real BBQ (Uncasville CT) is an expansion of the long standing New York City barbecue joint into Mohegan Sun, filling the void left by the recent Big Bubba' BBQ closing. As I've said previously, Big Bubba's started as a Virgil's, so there shouldn't be too much of a difference.

  • Riverside BBQ (Nashua NH) is the new barbecue incarnation of Sausage King, buy they're still between incarnations. Barbecue is being phased in as specials, with the goal to completely change over by July. Thanks to Joe and Marty for the leads.

  • Bare Bones BBQ (Fairlee VT) is a once-a-week barbecue operation held at the Whistlestop Cafe on Saturdays by the nationally recognized competition team. Thanks again to Marty for the lead.

CLOSINGS (and suspected closings)

  • BBQSmith (Boston MA) is a barbecue food truck that's apparently no longer on the road. Thanks to Ivan and Brian for letting me know that the truck had been put up for sale.

  • Zorn's (East Meadow NY) is closed. Remaining locations of the chicken joint that dabbles in ribs are in Bellmore and Beth Page. Thanks to Chuck for the info.

  • Breezy's BBQ Truck at Good Co (Brooklyn NY) hasn't posted anything in a while and doesn't respond to Facebook or phone inquiries, so I'm guessing they're either disbanded or taking an indefinite hiatus.




  • Hen House (Boston MA) has changed its website URL:

  • Smokin' Wolf (East Hampton NY) has a new address down the same street. Thanks again to Chuck for the info.

  • Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ (Brockton MA) now has a website.

  • Mo Gridder's (Bronx NY) is temporarily closed as they await red tape and inspections following a change in commissary after the previous one closed.

  • Swingbellys Beachside BBQ (Long Beach NY) is rebuilt and reopened after being destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Anyone who's been following this site for awhile knows that Swingbellys is my favorite Long Island barbecue joint (Harbor Q is a close second), so I'm ecstatic at this news and hope to put it to good use.








New Hampshire BBQ: Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ Reviewed

The site's 282nd barbecue review is for Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ (Milford NH), another outdoor venture. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ






Boston Burgers: Lincoln Tavern Reviewed

May is Burger Month, so why not another burger review, with a slider as well? This time it's at Lincoln Tavern (South Boston MA).

See my review for the burger and slider at Lincoln Tavern






Call for Talent from Hell's Kitchen

FOX TV'S hit show Hell's Kitchen, starring Gordon Ramsay, is casting immediately for chefs and cooks. If you think you have the cooking skills it takes to compete and win, email HKCASTING2013@GMAIL.COM


Put your name & city in subject title, e.g.: John Smith / Boston MA.

In the email include your name, where you live (city/state), age, present occupation, a photo of yourself, CONTACT INFORMATION, about your culinary experience and why you think you would be a good fit for the show. No info is too much. The more info the better.








Vermont BBQ: Wicked Awesome BBQ Reviewed

The site's 281st barbecue review continues the Vermont barbecue trilogy with another outdoor venue: Wicked Awesome BBQ (East Thetford VT). Was it wicked or was it awesome? Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Wicked Awesome BBQ






New York Burgers: Brindle Room Reviewed

Spoiler alert: it's the best burger I've ever had. How's that for getting to the point? So without further ado, let me point you to my burger review for The Brindle Room (NYC).

See my review for the Steak Burger at the Brindle Room






Vermont BBQ: Route 4 Country Store Reviewed

It's a return to barbecue, Vermont and the great outdoors with PigTrip's 280th barbecue review. It's for Route 4 Country Store (White River Junction VT). Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Route 4 Country Store






Massachusetts Burgers: Coney Island Reviewed

It's only been a week since the last one, but here's another burger review, this time at a joint without a James Beard award winning chef. It's for the archaic, iconic Coney Island (Worcester MA), a joint most famous for its hot dogs and throwback vibe.



See my review for the Coney Island Burger







Brooklyn BBQ: Mable's Re-reviewed

Time for another barbecue review update, this time for a joint in arguably the best and inarguably the fastest growing barbecue neighborhood in the entire PigTrip directory. Mable's Smokehouse (Brooklyn NY) doesn't get all the hype and accolades that some of the others do, but they've been quietly turning out some fine barbecue for a while now. Check the re-review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my updated review of Mable's Smokehouse







Boston Burgers: The Craigie On Main Burger Reviewed

May is national burger month, so it's time for another burger review, this time in Boston for the nationally recognized and highly respected Craigie On Main (Cambridge MA). To see whether I respected it, dissed it or waffled back and forth trying to have it both ways the way I usually do, check out the review.


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See my review for the Craigie On Main Burger







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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Smoked wings at Scratch Kitchen, Salem MA.


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Sausage at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Stamford CT.


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Ribs at Fink's Smokehouse, Dumont NJ.


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Ribs, brisket and pulled pork at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.


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Brisket, sausage and pulled pork at Gabi's Smokeshack, Nashua NH.


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


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Ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.


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Brisket and beef rib at Hill Country, NYC.


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Brisket taco at Tres Carnes, NYC.


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Brisket at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, NYC.



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