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BBQ Guy Truck Dover NH

Lonestar Empire Brooklyn NY

Fink's Smokehouse

Dumont NJ

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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

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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

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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




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Trade Boston MA

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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


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Donna's Donuts

Tewksbury MA


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Fatty Cue First Visit Recap

Blackstrap BBQ opening

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Dinosaur Harlem's new digs

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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

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Wildwood review rebuttal

Blue Ribbon commissary

Chris Schlesinger interview





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Maine BBQ: 4 Points BBQ Reviewed

The site's 292nd barbecue review is for 4 Points BBQ & Blues House (Winterport ME), a 'cue and entertainment venue a little south of Bangor. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of 4 Points BBQ & Blues House






Maine BBQ: Mainely Meat on Main Reviewed

The site's 291st barbecue review is for Mainely Meat on Main (Ellsworth ME), the newest outpost of the flagship at the Atlantic Brewing Company (Bar Harbor). Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Mainely Meat on Main






Joints Directory Madness

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

three states. This time there are three new joints, two expansions, two closings and one opening that's still not happening yet.


Photo courtesy of William Pead. Used with permisssion.



  • Elsmere BBQ and Wood Grill (South Portland ME) opened last Friday night, one day ahead of schedule. The menu includes the usual barbecue suspects (ribs, pork, brisket, chicken, sausage), plus smoked-then-grilled wings, BBQ oysters, a quesadilla of the day, a flatbread of the day, smoked salmon, blackened catfish, a smoked or blackened fish of the day, a grilled portabello mushroom sandwich, a custom blend beef burger and a black bean burger.

  • Meat Hut (Clinton CT) is an outdoor stand. Thanks to Mark for the lead.  Facebook

  • Mainely Meat (Bar Harbor ME) and Mainely Meat On Main (Ellsworth ME) are the expansions of Mainely Meat at Atlantic Brewery (Bar Harbor ME). Both serve beer from Atlantic Brewing, whose brewery hosts the original Mainely Meat location in Bar Harbor.

  • Trenton Lobster Pound & Real Pit BBQ (Ellsworth ME) is a full service mostly outdoor eatery on Route 3 on the way to Bar Harbor. I've seen the pit, and it's real and spectacular. I should have eaten there.


  • Pete & Kelly's Blues Wagon (Trenton NJ) is most likely a goner. Their phone number now belongs to a private residence, there's no web evidence of their existence beyond a 2 year old newspaper profile and I did not spot them in my recent travels to the area.

  • RW's BBQ (Brookfield CT) is now closed. Not that its the most reliable source, but several Yelp reviews from a year ago described it as being sold (not true) and having gone downhill (possibly true). I stopped by about a month ago to investigate, only to find the closed sign.



  • Pride and Joy BBQ ( NYC) may or may not be happening, but it ain't happening soon. Originally slated to open in February or March and then reported in late May to be opening a week later, it saw late June and late July blow by with still no opening. They stopped answering the phone, pulled the plug on their Facebook page, and the website that once had full menus is now "under construction." So what's the deal? It looks like there's no deal between the original investors and barbecue legend Myron Mixon, who've encountered creative differences and chosen to go their separate ways. The restaurant isn't kaput, but I'm not holding out much hope of a quick opening or it being worthy of a priority visit. It's hard to know the real story, but if it's true, credit Mixon for not just taking the quick buck. Thanks to Bob for some info on this.





Hudson Valley BBQ: BBQ Red Reviewed

The site's 290th barbecue review is for BBQ Red (Wappingers Falls NY), a strip mall barbecue joint in the Hudson Valley about an hour and a half north of New York City. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of BBQ Red







PigTrip is Seven Years Old Today

Today PigTrip turns seven. As predicted a year ago at this time, the quantity of output took a step back, with 31 new barbecue reviews, 8 barbecue review updates and 18 burger reviews over the past twelve months—down from 37, 12 and 21 in the previous twelve months.



In many ways the PigTrip of today is a return to its earliest days, focusing on reviews, directory updates and little else. I've chosen to let "the big boys" grab the restaurant scoops, openings and first looks, and offer what they don't: brutally honest reviews without the fawning and without the foodie jive. But I still hope to get back into the barbecue and restaurant essays that were a hallmark of this site in its 2007-2008 heyday. As for the top 10 lists I promised a year ago, I failed big time, producing not a single one. But they're coming, starting with the updated Wings List (NFL opening weekend) and all-new Burnt Ends List (this fall). New joints are opening, older joints are evolving and I'm still hungry, so PigTrip will be around for awhile, even if it's slowing down.












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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Ribs at Taste of Texas, Bennington NH.


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Ribs at Pit Stop Smokehouse, Westmoreland NH.


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Pulled pork, brisket and sausage at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.


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Pig Newton at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.


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Babybacks and brisket at Bear's Smokehouse, Windsor CT.


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Brooklyn wings at the Smoke Joint, Brooklyn NY.


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Pulled pork sandwich at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, NYC.


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Ribs at Wildwood Barbeque, NYC.


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Brisket sandwich at Scratch Kitchen, Salem MA.


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Salt and vinegar smoked wings at Binga's Stadium Smokehouse, Portland ME.


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Pulled pork sandwich at Buck's Naked, Portland ME.


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Pulled pork, brisket, ribs, turkey and sausage on the Sampler Platter at 4 Points BBQ, Winterport ME.


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Ribs at Crazy Dave's BBQ, Ellsworth ME.


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Ribs, pulled pork, chicken and sausage at Mainely Meat on Main, Ellsworth ME.


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Ribs and pulled pork at Bison County, Waltham MA.


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Wings at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.


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Wings at Blackstrap BBQ (Winthrop MA).


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Ribs at Big W's BBQ, Wingdale NY.


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Ribs and brisket at BBQ Red, Wappingers Falls NY.



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