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Chip Shots Littleton MA

Bluebird BBQ Burlington VT

3 Guys Basement BBQ

Hanover NH (update)

Meadowbrook Orchards Sterling MA

Full Rack Smokehouse Revere MA

Smokin' Al's

Massapequa Park NY (update)

South Shore BBQ Patchogue NY

Mara's Too Wantagh NY

Lilian's Smokin' Rack Boston MA

Bobbique Patchogue NY (update)

Depot Grille & Bar Pepperell MA

Carnivores Milford MA

G. Lee's Brooklyn NY

Hill Country Brooklyn NY

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


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

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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

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Wildwood review rebuttal

Blue Ribbon commissary

Chris Schlesinger interview




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Massachusetts BBQ: Chip Shots Reviewed

The site's 318th review is for Chip Shots (Littleton MA), a sports pub west of I-495 with a wood smoked BBQ section on their menu. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Chip Shots








Joints Directory Madness

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

five states. This time there are four new joints, one expansion, four closings and one temporary closing "for remodeling."




  • Mighty Quinn's Barbeque (NYC) is expanding at a tribble-like pace. Their latest outpost opens today at the much anticipated high end food court Berg'n in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood. I'm still looking for their phone number.

  • Bentley's Famous BBQ (Tyngsboro MA) is a month old joint that leans more to the infamous, if its Yelp reviews are to be believed. Now closed!

  • State Street Saloon (New London CT) is a year-old joint with not much info available other than that the evolutionary War-era downtown building once housed New London's first print shop. I've since learned that the all-you-can-eat ribs and wings deal is no longer offered, that the wings are smoked and that there's a vegetarioan chili on the menu, which is not posted on their Facebook page. Thanks to Zeke and Brad for scouting. Facebook

  • Antonina's Kitchen (Orange MA) is an outdoor patio joint that's "open as long as it is not raining." There's no website and no menu per se on their Facebook page, but a little ferreting reveals that pork ribs, pulled pork and brisket are all on offer, as is stuffed cabbage, and a photo of the smoker is promising. Thanks to Mark for the lead. Facebook

  • Northern Bell (Brooklyn NY) is a new, mostly Southern joint in Williamsburg that dabbles in the smoky arts. It very briefly marked the resurfacing of Frank Davis, previously of Beast of Bourbon. They have since parted ways.




  • Big Fatty's BBQ (Burlington VT) has a recorded message saying, "we are taking another customer's order or are out of the office." Trust me, it's the latter, as the joint is vacant and where the sign once hung is bare plywood. They've been closed about a month and a half now, according to a van driver of the Big Fatty's that's still open in Hartford VT.

  • BBQ New (Manchester NH) never got a chance to get old, as they closed up shop less than three months after opening. And this in the summer, across the street from a minor league baseball stadium.

  • Mrs Jones (Dorchester MA) is closed. Thanks to Marc at Boston's Hidden Restaurants for bringing this to my attention. There's always a chance that this is temporary, since Mrs Jones was never one to dabble in modern conveniences such as the internet or social media, and has taken a hiatus or two in the past. Here's hoping. But any reports that speculate such are mere speculation.

  • 3 Guys Basement BBQ (Hanover NH) closed a week and a half ago, coincidentally just two days after I posted a review update for them that could hardly be called an endorsement. It seemed like they made more tweaks to the pricing (higher) than they did to the quality (lower).




  • Southern Style Barbeque (Worcester MA) is closed temporarily (it's been about two weeks now) "for remodeling." They're another joint without a website or any use of social media, so there's no way to inquire just how temporary. They do know how to use a computer, as they have proven very adept at locating photographs of barbecue from other Northeast barbecue joints and adding them to their menu as if they were their own.







Boston's Perfect BBQ Meal (Unabridged)


As some of you have noticed, I contributed to a barbecue article and had my own sidebar article (sidebarticle?) for last Sunday's Boston Globe Magazine. As part of its 10-page spread on the 10 Best BBQ Joints in Boston, the Globe asked me to select a composite "perfect BBQ meal" using various meats and sides from different barbecue joints throughout the area. I envisioned multiple rib and brisket entrants, runners up for each category and the full gamut of barbecue standards and the not-so-standard—from pulled pork to pork belly, beef brisket to beef ribs to beef chili. Unfortunately, space constraints prevailed, so the piece wound up restricted to three meats. The other constraint was a suggestion—not an iron clad rule—that I spread the wealth around.


So in this space I'll do an expanded version. But first, a few disclaimers before launching into the full listing.


First off: consistency. Boston area joints have had their moments, and some have been spectacular, but they're a rollercoaster ride of ever changing quality and freshness levels. So these picks are for right now. Had I made the selections a month ago or a month from now, they'd be different.


And secondly, about that Perfect Meal photo in the Globe—I can already hear some of you saying that some of that food doesn't look so perfect. It's true, but that's less related to disclaimer #1 and more related to the photography process: instead of capturing the food as served at each joint, the Globe obtained it, took it back to Boston, staged it and only then did they shoot it. From an artistic standpoint and for 90% of the public, that works just fine. For the barbecue sniffer-outers, it might not look so good.


But enough of the technical mumbo jumbo, let's get on with the list. I'll go appetizers first, then entree meats, then sides.


See the unabridged version of Boston's Perfect BBQ Meal






(08/22/14) the PigTrip Interview is a new website that chronicles Johnny Fugitt's cross country tour of the country's best 'cue in an attempt to hit 365 barbecue restaurants in 365 days and determine the 100 best for his upcoming book The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. Naturally, I took great interest not only in his findings for Northeast barbecue joints such as BT's Smokehouse, Salvage BBQ and Redbones, but also in his process.


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See Johnny's Interview with Me on







Vermont BBQ: Bluebird BBQ Reviewed

The site's 317th review is for Bluebird Barbecue (Burlington VT), a barbecue joint I've had on my radar for a while. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Bluebird BBQ







New Hampshire BBQ: 3 Guys Re-reviewed

Here's a review update for 3 Guys Basement BBQ (Hanover NH), a subterranean joint just steps from Dartmouth College. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my updated review of 3 Guys Basement BBQ







Massachusetts BBQ: Meadowbrook Orchards Thursday Night BBQ Reviewed

We're in the midst of summer, so no better time for a visit to a seasonal outdoor barbecue offering (and a once-a-week one at that) at a Central Massachusetts farm slightly north of Worcester. The site's 316th review is for Meadowbrook Orchards (Sterling MA), whose Thursday night barbecues combine outdoor cooking with outdoor scenery. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Meadowbrook Orchards







PigTrip is Eight Years Old Today

Today PigTrip turns eight. As per the plan, the frequency of output continued to lose altitude, but PigTrip is still very much airborne, with 28 new barbecue reviews, 3 barbecue review updates and 14 burger reviews over the past twelve months—down from 31, 8 and 18 in the previous twelve months. In the year ahead, I vow once again to nail the reviews with fewer visits while still basing them on enough "data" to be fair and thorough.









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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Ribs, sausage, turkey, pork and brisket at BrisketTown, Brooklyn NY.


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Brisket at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.


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Pulled pork, brisket, chicken and sausage at Swingbellys, Long Beach NY.


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Babybacks at Brutopia, Cranston RI.


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Pork jowl (special) at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.


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Wings at Bear's Smokehouse, Hartford CT.


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Ribs, brisket and pork at Blue Ribbon, W. Newton MA.


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Meat Coma platter (ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chili) at Salvage BBQ, Portland ME.


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Honey Chipotle wings at Binga's Wingas, Yarmouth ME.


click to view larger imageChipotle and Cajun smoked wings at Gideon's Smokehouse, Glastonbury CT.


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


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Beef ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.


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Wings at Hilltop BBQ Downtown, Manchester CT.


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Chicken at Chip Shots, Littleton MA.


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Smoked wings, sauced and unsauced, at the People's Pint, Greenfield MA.


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Ribs, burnt ends and pork belly at 3 Guys Basement BBQ, Hanover NH.


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Smoked wings at Bluebird BBQ, Burlington VT.


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Chopped pig sandwich at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury VT.


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


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Babybacks and pulled pork at Meadowbrook Orchards, Sterling MA.


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Rib tips at Causeway, Boston MA.


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Pulled pork sandwich at Causeway, Boston MA.


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Brisket sandwich at LaBrasa, Somerville MA.








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