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South Shore BBQ Patchogue NY

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Lilian's Smokin' Rack Boston MA

Bobbique Patchogue NY (update)

Depot Grille & Bar Pepperell MA

Carnivores Milford MA

G. Lee's Brooklyn NY

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Wildwood Barbeque Hadley MA

AD's Barbeque Portsmouth NH

Morgan's Brooklyn NY

Smokehouse Tavern Lowell MA

Riverside Barbeque Nashua NH

SlowBones Burlington MA

Coast Cafe Cambridge MA (update)

Memphis Joe's Weymouth MA

Salvage BBQ Portland ME

State Park Cambridge MA

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:

Ceres Bistro Worcester MA

Kirkland Tap & Trotter Somerville MA

Alden & Harlow Cambridge MA

Smashburger Natick MA

Beat Hotel Cambridge MA

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:

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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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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Archive - June 2014





Joints Directory Madness

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

four states. This time there are five new joints, three expansions, one contraction, two closings, one name change and one new website.




  • Pete's Pig (Belgrade Lakes ME) is a catering outfit about 70 miles north of Portland that vends barbecue sandwiches and platters seven days a week in season. Thanks to Bill for the lead.

  • Orland Market (Orland ME), about 120 miles north of Portland on the way to Bar Harbor, is a grocery store that for nearly a decade has sold ribs and barbecue fare from April through October, but only a few days a week. Thanks again to Bill for the lead.

  • Randall's Barbecue (NYC) is a roving outfit that as of this writing is slinging 'cue at Friends and Lovers (Brooklyn) and on weekends at the Hester Street Fair (Manhattan). Facebook

  • Carnal (Brooklyn NY) is a new barbecue entrant at Smorgasburg, specializing in beef ribs. Thanks to Marty for the lead. Still looking for contact info.

  • Pizza Stop & BBQ (Ashland MA) is a pizza shop that recently added the "and BBQ" part. According to their website, the 'cue "has the flavor and the tenderness that can only be gotten from real wood and slow cooking, just like they do in Texas or Carolina," and that it will "wrap around your taste buds and won't let go."

  • Mighty Quinn's Barbeque (NYC) is on an expansion tear, adding a new Manhattan outpost earlier this month at Brookfield Place. Mighty Quinn's is part of Hudson Eats, an upscale dining terrace overlooking the Hudson River featuring fast-casual concepts from 14 chef-driven eateries. A similar "food court" concept in Brooklyn is also imminent.

  • Tres Carnes (NYC), speaking of expansion tears, now has an outpost in the Financial District. Soon they'll have tres paises.

  • Mexicue (NYC) no longer has its Lower East side location but within the last few weeks opened a new second outpost in Times Square.




  • Mexicue (NYC) no longer has its Lower East side location but within the last few weeks opened a new second outpost in Times Square.

  • Slowpokes (Concord MA) has closed. Guess I was too much of a slowpoke getting out there, but the lunch-only operation wasn't an easy one to visit without a vacation day.

  • Kit Kat's Smoked BBQ (Pawcatuck CT) is now closed. Thanks to Jeff for the lead. Thanks to Bill for the lead.




  • House of Bones (Derby CT) is the new name of the former Smoke 'n' Bones. It's just a name change with new name reflected in the updated website URL; everything else from location to ownership to menu is the same. Thanks to Dan for the lead.

  • Buenos Diaz Cafe (Woodbury NY) now has a website. Thanks to Greg for the info.







Long Island BBQ: South Shore BBQ Reviewed

The Long Island reviews continue with the third of four from my recent trip. The site's 314th review is for South Shore BBQ Company (Patchogue NY), the former Canz space showcasing the return of pitmaster Will Breakstone (Willie B's) to Long Island barbecue. 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 South Shore BBQ Company





Long Island BBQ: Mara's Too Reviewed

The Long Island reviews continue with the second of four from my recent trip. The site's 313th review is for Mara's Too (Wantagh NY), a joint serving Cajun seafood and Arkansas barbecue. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Mara's Too








Joints Directory Madness

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

three states. This time there are five new joints, one expansion, two closings and one contraction.




  • Full Rack Smokehouse (Revere MA) is a dive bar serving smoked chicken and ribs, pizzas and grilled tips and sausages. Oh, and their website claims they serve "the best BBQ food within 100 miles of Boston." Thanks to Morris for the lead that took me a while to investigate.

  • Q Smokin' Good Food (Springfield MA) is a 3-week old joint (5/19) with a noble claim: "Our meats are smoked low & slow in our Southern Pride smoker and all fixins and sweets (including our tea) are made from scratch with our own recipes." Groundbreaking, no. But encouraging, no? One of their appetizers is a "Cornbread Sundae" with pulled pork, cheddar, sour cream and scallions. Thanks to Mark for the lead.

  • Southern Style Barbeque (Worcester MA) is a new joint that opened over the weekend. Their menu features ribs, pork, brisket and chicken, presented in a soulfood style.

  • Little Mark's Big BBQ (Vernon CT) expanded to a second location at a stripmall in Bloomfield.

  • Joe's Garage & Grill (Riverhead NY) offers an eclectic menu with the barbecue standards (ribs, pork, brisket), some barbecue derivatives and beyond-BBQ appeal (seared tuna, smoked turkey pot pies, smoked pork belly sliders, 5-cheese grilled cheese sandwich, braised shortribs with bacon, salads with chicken or shrimp).

  • Chichimecas Mexican Restaurant (Farmingdale NY) features pages of Mexican classics, but if you page down to the end you'll find mesquite smoked pork ribs, pork chops, pulled pork and tinga (spicy pulled pork) with Mexican sides.




  • Fatty Cue (NYC) has closed. According to reports, some of the menu will be available at the Fatty Crab, a surviving sister restaurant in the Fatty empire that has shrunk in the wake of founder Zak Pelaccio's departure.

  • Uncle Willie's BBQ (Fairfield CT) has closed, but the West Haven and Symour locations are still open.

  • RJ's Grub (Sunderland MA) is closed. Thanks to Bill for the lead.






Boston BBQ: Lilian's Smokin' Rack Reviewed

Warmer weather and a day off made it the right situation to try Lilian's Smokin' Rack (Boston MA), a barbecue food truck run by a transplanted Texan. Check out the site's 312th review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Lilian's Smokin' Rack






Long Island BBQ: Bobbique Re-reviewed

It's been a while since I've been down to Long Island, but I spent a couple days there last week, hitting four barbecue joints along the way. Here's an updated review for Bobbique (Patchogue NY), a joint that was new at the time I first reviewed it but is now one of the oldest. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my updated review of Bobbique











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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Babybacks and brisket at Po's Barbecue, Acton MA.


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Wings at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.


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Sausage at SoulFire, Allston MA.


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Ribs and brisket at KC's Rib Shack, Manchester NH.


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Ribs at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.


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Ribs and brisket at Southern Style Barbeque, Worcester MA.


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Ribs at Southern Style Barbeque, Worcester MA.


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Brisket and ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.


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Pork belly at Red Eyed Pig, West Roxbury MA.


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Brisket at Blue Ribbon, West Newton MA.











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