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Recent BBQ Reviews:

Hometown BBQ Brooklyn NY

Marathon Burgers & Barbeque Hopkinton MA

JW's Burger Bar Scituate MA

Mo Gridder's Bronx NY

Mason Jar NYC

Buck's Naked Portland ME

Taste of Texas Bennington NH

Bear's Windsor CT

4 Points BBQ Winterport ME

Mainely Meat on Main

Ellsworth ME

BBQ Red Wappingers Falls NY

Tres Carnes NYC

Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ Brockton MA

Cask 'n' Flagon Boston MA

P&P Soul Food & BBQ

Brockton MA

BBQ Guy Truck Dover NH

Lonestar Empire Brooklyn NY

Fink's Smokehouse

Dumont NJ

Goody Cole's Smokehouse

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

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:

White Manna Hackensack NJ

Crazy Burger Narragansett RI

Farmstead Providence RI

Burger Boys Lincoln RI

SkyBokx 109 Natick MA

Brew City Worcester MA

Shake Shack Chestnut Hill MA

Trade Boston MA

The Sinclair Cambridge MA

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

Fogo de Chao Boston MA

Frank Pepe's Pizzeria

New Haven CT

Donna's Donuts

Tewksbury MA


Older Features:

John Brown Smokehouse

Fatty Cue First Visit Recap

Blackstrap BBQ opening

Damon Amendolara interview

Dinosaur Harlem's new digs

BT's Smokehouse opening

2009 Wings Rankings

2009 Chili Rankings

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 - December 2013




Looking Back: The Best of 2013

Here are my top 20 barbecue visits of 2013. I didn't consciously do this, but there wound up being 10 from west of the Connecticut River and 10 to the east, with none actually in Connecticut. I did make a conscious effort to represent all of the basic four (pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken), plus beef ribs, burnt ends and wings. Chicken was surprisingly easy to choose; pulled pork surprisingly difficult. And as you've no doubt noticed, brisket is becoming more and more prominent as more and more joints are doing it well. Yes, there are some duplicates, all from New York City at the joints I consider the three best.



See my Top 20 for 2013







Brooklyn BBQ: Hometown BBQ Reviewed

The site's 300th barbecue review is for Hometown BBQ (Brooklyn NY), a cornerstone joint that borough's recent barcecue explosion. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

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See my review of Hometown BBQ








New Jersey Burgers: White Manna Reviewed

The barbecue hiatus (hey, it's the holidays) continues with a burger review of the historic White Manna (Hackensack NJ).

See my burger review for White Manna







Rhode Island Burgers: Crazy Burger Reviewed

The Rhode Island burger review trilogy concludes with my review of Crazy Burger (Narragansett RI), a joint that does more than just burgers.

See my review for Crazy Burger


For the other two reviews, just scroll down. But I'd be remiss in not noting that this trilogy came from a crawl that had not three stops but four. The fourth and possibly best stop was the already reviewed Harry's Bar and Burger (Providence RI).







Holiday Thanks

Thanksgiving is all about feeling thankful, but this time of year is more about being thankful, so here goes...



I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who have provided leads for new barbecue joints. I do scan Google, Yelp and other sources for new and dead joints, but there's no substitute for helpful readers scattered across the northeast who notice these developments first and take the time to write in.

I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who have alerted me to typos, geographical errors and grammatical mistakes. Actually, I wish more people would do that, because I hate it when I reread something that's not right. While there's no excuse for typos in the age of spell check, the fact of the matter is I write most of my content on my iPhone in spurts, then email it to myself for transfer to web pages. Dropping it into a word processing program is something I'd like to do, but in the limited time I have, it's just not practical. So I truly appreciate the help.

Speaking of writing in, I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who have written in to disagree with something I've said. All too often I see real or hobbyist critics (I don't call myself one, by the way) with minions who agree with every Facebook post like barking seals when there are other viewpoints that could and should be voiced. I don't want barking seals, so thanks for the contrarian views.

Speaking of Facebook, I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who have 'liked' the PigTrip BBQ Reviews Facebook page. Even the ones who never 'like' a single post and have probably only 'liked' the page to keep tabs on it for their cowardly friends.

Speaking of Facebook 'likes,' I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who have 'liked' not only the page but individual posts as well. It only takes a split second, but it greatly helps the visibility of the page among your Facebook friends. And 'sharing' is caring and linking is thinking (in or out of Facebook), so thank you for thinking of me. I am humble and grateful.

Speaking of Facebook comments, I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you who have taken even more time to leave comments. They say a picture is worth a thousand words; I say a comment is worth a thousand 'likes.' And remember, contrarian views are welcome. Views with anecdotal evidence to support them are even more welcome.

I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of those who have joined me on barbecue crawls and have endured my ordering quirks, the endless photo taking, the frequent bathroom breaks and seemingly more bad 'cue than good as we try to find that next great joint.

I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the owners who have involved themselves with the site and Facebook. There are some sites where owners are forbidden; here, owners are not only welcome but appreciated. Owners who weigh in with viewpoints that educate (rather than to just 'sell') and who are good sports (i.e., accepting that not every joint can be #1 and that not all their items are going to get raves) are even more appreciated.

More importantly, I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all the owners who take their craft seriously and who take the time to be in their restaurants and in the trenches. It's a lot easier to stay home and let lieutenants take the reins, and it's a lot easier to drop a token "How was everything?" as customers are on their way out, but the ones who truly care are proactively making sure everything's done right and already know the answer. To you, I say thanks.

I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the woman who lives in my glove compartment. I can't say that you've never steered me wrong, but then again, I can't claim I've never steered anyone wrong either. We all need to recalculate on occasion. Thanks for never swearing back when I swear at you, and for always getting me home.

Speaking of home, I'd like to extend a heartfelt thanks to my young bride for putting up with my barbecue whims, for making sure I get my ass to work on time when I'm attempting to upload just 10 more photos, for continuing to join me at barbecue joints even after becoming a vegetarian and for making me some much needed vegetarian meals to introduce some balance to my diet.


Thanks for everything in 2013, and here's to a great 2014 for all of you. Happy holidays!






Rhode Island Burgers: Farmstead Reviewed

Another Rhode Island burger reviews, this time more upscale: Farmstead (Providence RI), a combination restaurant and cheese shop.

See my burger review for Farmstead






Rhode Island Burgers: Burger Boys Reviewed

Time for another burger review, this time for Burger Boys (Lincoln RI), a retro joint with an affinity for butter.

See my burger review for Burger Boys








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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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


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Pulled pork sandwich at Salvage BBQ, Portland ME.


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Ribs at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.


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Old school: Babybacks at New Bridge Cafe, Chelsea MA.


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Old school: Babybacks at Tommy Floramo's, Chelsea MA.


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Ribs at SlowBones, Burlington MA.


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Ribs and burnt ends at Blue Ribbon, W. Newton MA.


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Pulled pork sandwich at SlowBones, Burlington MA.





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