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Buck's Naked Portland ME

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Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ Brockton MA

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Lonestar Empire Brooklyn NY

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Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ

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Wicked Awesome BBQ

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Route 4 Country Store

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Mable's Smokehouse

Brooklyn NY(update)

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Summer Shack Dedham MA

Sista's BBQ Brunswick ME

BrisketTown Brooklyn NY

Smokestack Urban BBQ

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The Farm Manchester NH

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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

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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

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Wrentham MA

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Willimantic CT

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Scratch Kitchen Salem MA

Butcher Bar Queens NY

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Elevation Burger S. Portland ME

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Burlington MA

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Brick Wall Burger

Greenfield MA

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Shake Shack NYC

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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:

Floramo's Chelsea MA

New Bridge Cafe Chelsea MA

Katz's Delicatessen NYC

Fogo de Chao Boston MA

Frank Pepe's Pizzeria

New Haven CT

Donna's Donuts

Tewksbury MA


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Fatty Cue First Visit Recap

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Dinosaur Harlem's new digs

BT's Smokehouse opening

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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

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Maine BBQ: Salvage BBQ Reviewed

The site's 302nd barbecue review is for Salvage BBQ (Portland ME). Just keepin' it real, folks. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Salvage BBQ







Joints Directory Madness

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

four states. This time there are three new joints, one expansion, one contraction, three more closings, one name/concept change and one new website.



  • Hill Country (Brooklyn NY) has now joined the outer boroughs barbecue explosion. This outpost is in the same complex as sister Hill Country Chicken. Thanks to TF for the lead.

  • Fat Spy Tavern (Bondeville VT) is a multifaceted restaurant at Stone's Lodge, at the base of the Stratton Access Road. With a ski-friendly location and a diverse menu, you'd think the barbecue items (ribs, pulled pork) would be oven baked and sauced—and who knows, they still might be—but the menu describes them as smoked.

  • 45th Parallel American BBQ (Rangeley ME) opened in late December at the Rangely Saddleback Inn in the northwest part of the state. They do the basic four plus smoked venison sausage. Thanks to Sledneck for the info. Facebook

  • Belluzzi's BBQ (Mount Vernon NY) is a Tex Mex that's been around a while but recently introduced barbecue to the repertoire. Thanks again to Sledneck for the find. Facebook



  • Wildwood Barbeque (NYC) has now closed. Apparently they lost their lease and the parent company chose to close rather than relocate. This was one of my favorites for anything on the bone: pork ribs, beef ribs, lamb ribs, smoked wings. Thanks to Matt and "Big Lou" for the info.

  • Foody's (Water Mill NY) is now closed. Thanks to Chuck for the info.

  • LJ's BBQ (Pawtucket RI) has closed, further weakening the state of barbecue around the smallest state's capital.

  • Canz (Astoria NY) closed yet another outpost, eliminating its NYC presence and leaving the deflated breastaurant empire with only its two Long island locations.




  • Beast of Bourbon (Brooklyn NY) now has a website.

  • Eldorado Southern Bar & Grill (Port Jefferson NY) is now Road Trip American Alehouse. According to a post on the Newsday restaurant blog, the menu includes babybacks, pulled pork and brisket, but they're not smoked. Thanks again to Sledneck for the info.





Boston Burbs Burgers: Smashburger Reviewed

The last of the burger reviews for a while empties the holiday burger pipeline. It's for Smashburger (Natick MA), the national chain that arrived in greater Boston in early November.

See my burger review for Smashburger






Boston Burgers: Beat Hotel Reviewed

The holiday-inflicted barbecue hiatus fallout continues with a burger review for Beat Hotel (Cambridge MA).

See my burger review for Beat Hotel






Boston BBQ: State Park Reviewed

The site's 301st barbecue review is for State Park (Cambridge MA), the new offspring of Hungry Mother around the corner. Is it barbecue? Well, loosely speaking. Is it good? Mostly. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of State Park







Joints Directory Madness

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

five states. This time there are eleven new joints, one new spin-off, six regular closings, one closing that's a contraction of a mini-chain, one closing of multiples of a mini-chain, one closing of a restaurant that's now a roadside venture, one closing of a restaurant that's about to move, one closing that became another opening that's now also closed, two non-closings that have shifted away from barbecue, one move, four new websites, one address correction and one phone number correction.



  • Buenos Diaz Cafe (Woodbury NY) is a Long Island joint in a former bagel joint that still serves breakfast along with barbecue for lunch and dinner. It's named after Mike Diaz, who's had some success on the competition circuit. Thanks to Eric for the lead. Facebook

  • Mara's Too (Wantagh NY) is the second location of Mara's Homemade (Syosset NY). Look for their signature Arkansas BBQ, fried chicken, po' boys, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee and gumbos. Thanks to Sledneck for the lead.

  • AD's Barbeque (Portsmouth NH) is a new joint specializing in ribs and wings, but they have much of the usual barbecue repertoire, including beef ribs. Not much is known yet (I think it might be the return of a long-gone older joint), but it appears to be primarily takeout.

  • Memphis Hustle (Cocksackie NY) is a new barbecue joint that has the usual suspects as well as a chipotle sweet potato soup. Thanks to John for the lead.

  • D&A BBQ (Scarsdale NY) is a new barbecue joint that opened in June. Thanks to Robert for the lead.

  • Smokin' Spokes Bar & Grill (Canton CT) is a new joint with entertainment and biker appeal. The wide ranging menu features the basics plus pizza, burgers (both classic and smoked pork), dogs, smoked chicken drums and lollipops and even dry aged steaks. Thanks to Mike for the lead.

  • Seven Sisters Market Bistro (Hadley MA) is a Friday-through-Sunday eatery that features smoked items (wings, ribs, pulled pork, pork loin, turkey), bison (burgers, meatballs) and vegetarian-friendy options for the meatphobic. Thanks to William for the lead.

  • Johnny D's BBQ (Mahopac NY) is a new joint with a basic barbecue menu along with nachos, quesadillas, panini and salads. They deliver for both lunch and dinner.

  • Northern Smoke BBQ (Carmel NY) is a new Hudson Valley joint with a  CIA-trained chef and a shiny new Ole Hickory smoker featured prominently on their website.

  • Grand Prix New York (Mount Kisco NY) is a go kart facility that ups the snack bar ante with legit smoked barbecue that includes ribs, pork, brisket, chicken and sausage. Thanks again to Sledneck for the lead.

  • State Park (Cambridge MA) is a new sibling of nearby Hungry Mother. Both are Southern, not barbecue, but State Park has a few smoked items and a menu I want to explore beyond the smoke.

  • Wing-N-It Grille & Bar (Bristol RI) is a recently opened wing joint that also has several barbecue items. I'd tell you what they are if they posted a menu, but for now they're just wingin' it.




  • Bone Lick Park (NYC) is now closed. Based on their Facebook announcements and comments, it seems like high rent may have had something to do with it, so there's hope for a resurfacing.

  • Fort Reno Provisions (Brooklyn NY) closed for the holidays with announced plans to reopen yesterday, but it has served its last meal. Ownership is instead retooling it as a tacqueria to open later this month. It's said that what goes up must come down, so the rapid barbecue growth in Brooklyn was bound to result in some casualties. In Fort Reno's case, with nearby Dinosaur breathing down its neck, you had to wonder how long it would last. Thanks to Chuck for the lead.

  • BBQTown (Roslindale MA) has apparently been closed for a while.

  • Ash Creek Saloon (multiple Connecticut locations) has apparently closed.

  • Down to the Bone BBQ (Stanhope NJ) is now closed.

  • Canzaciti Roadhouse (Kingston NY) is now closed. The breastaurant with ribs and pulled pork is still bouncing strong in Queens, Westbury and Patchogue.

  • Kinfolk's Award Winning BBQ (Brockton MA) has closed the restaurant and no longer has a functioning website but has been spotted doing roadside barbecue vending in nearby Taunton. Thanks to Brian for the lead.

  • WB Cody's (Westerly RI) is now closed.

  • Fred's House of Blues & BBQ (Willimantic CT) is now closed.

  • Smokestack Grille (North Hampton NH) is now closed. Thanks to Joe for the info.

  • The Heritage Smokehouse (North Hampton NH), which is what Smokestack Grille (which was previously Porkez BBQ) became in the same location, is now also closed, just seven weeks after opening. Yes, this one opened and closed before I added it to the directory, but it's in there now, both for posterity and as an aid to those who find it via Google and think it might still be open.



  • Nat Hayden's Real Pit BBQ (Windsor CT) relocated just up the road to 144B Broad Street. The new location features an expanded table and table service. Thanks to owner Norm for the info.

  • BBQue's Smoke Shack (NYC) shut down its 6th Avenue location in Chelsea and is preparing for a move uptown to the west side of Harlem at 125th Steeet. Thanks again to Chuck for the lead.

  • Zorn's (Bellmore NY) is using a different website from the pre-contraction era.

  • Marathon Burgers & Barbeque (Hopkinton MA) now has the correct address. My bad.

  • Little Brother BBQ (Brooklyn NY) now has the correct phone number. again, my bad.

  • Fatty Cue (Brooklyn NY) isn't closing, but they're now a bar only, meaning an occasional bar snack or two but no 'cue. The newer Fatty Cue in Manhattan is still doing the Asian-meets-BBQ thing. Thanks to Marty for the info.

  • One Eyed Pig (Newtown CT) isn't closing either, but as one Yelper put it, "What was once a great BBQ joint has been gutted by new management—no BBQ on the menu, and mediocre pub fare is what they replaced it with." Thanks to the One Eyed Pig employee who confirmed this (well, maybe not the mediocre part) by phone.

  • Hometown BBQ (Brooklyn NY) now has a website.

  • Knuckleheads (Wallingford CT) now has a website.

  • Beach Deck BBQ (Seabrook NH) now has a website.

  • Harlem BBQ Company (NYC) now has a website.





Boston "Old School BBQ": Tommy Floramo's and New Bridge Cafe Reviewed

I'm not going to call this a barbecue review, so the review count is still at an even 300, but here's a dual review for Tommy Floramo's and New Bridge Cafe (both in Chelsea MA). For many years these were the joints people thought of when they thought of ribs.

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See my review of Tommy Floramo's and New Bridge Cafe







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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Brisket and pulled pork at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.


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Ribs at Salvage BBQ, Portland ME.



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Ribs at SlowBones, Burlington MA.


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Chopped pork sandwich at State Park, Cambridge MA.


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Pulled pork sandwich at Wilson's Barbeque, Darien CT.


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Brisket and beef rib at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.


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Ribs at Morgan's, Brooklyn NY.


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Pulled pork and wings at Beast of Bourbon, Brooklyn NY.


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Pulled pork slider at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Brooklyn NY.


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Sausage and lamb belly at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.





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