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Recent BBQ Reviews:

Riverside Barbeque Nashua NH (update)

Lady C&J Soul Food Brockton MA

Mexicue (Times Square) NYC

Po's Ribs & BBQ Acton MA (update)

American BBQ Rowley MA (update)

Northern Smoke Carmel NY

Black-eyed Sally's

Hartford CT (update)

Top of the Hill Grill Brattleboro VT

Rosebud Somerville MA

Brutopia Cranston RI

Humo Smokehouse Brooklyn NY

East Coast Grill

Cambridge MA (update)

Causeway Boston MA

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:

Retro Burger Arlington MA

Minetta Tavern NYC

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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Phantom BBQ Beach Party '09

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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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Archive - March 2015




New Hampshire BBQ: Riverside Re-reviewed

It's not often that you get a request from a restaurateur to be reviewed again after a year of progress. Well, that's exactly what happened last fall from Riverside Barbeque Company (Nashua NH), a barbecue joint claiming to have "sharpened [its] skills significantly."


So have they improved? Check out the re-review of the joint about to enter its 17th month of operation via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of update for Riverside Barbeque Company






Joints Directory Madness: the "Mostly Closed, Mostly Dave" Edition

Today we march forth with the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity spanning all eight states in the PigTrip region. This time there are two new openings, two expansions, twelve closings, two contractions, one (possibly) temporary closing, one previous temporary closing that became permanent, one menu change that eliminated barbecue, one closing of a joint that elimated barbecue previously, one name change and three website URL changes. Whew.




  • DaddyO's BBQ and Sports Bar (Staten Island NY) expanded last week, opening a "To Go" location in the New Dorp neighborhood.

  • Eddie's BBQ (Narragansett RI) is a barbecue food truck that last July expanded to a brick and mortar location. The ribs- and pork-heavy menu is purported to have a strong vegetarian component as well, but as of this writing, the online menu is offline.

  • Kim Chi Smoke Barbecue (NJ-based, metro-NYC-focused) is a roving outfit that's done pop-ups and events around New York City. They describe themselves as a mix of Southern, Korean barbecue and street food, but expect the unexpected. Like the Chonut: pan fried smoked brisked, bacon, American cheese, bourbon-chipotle sauce, a sunny-side-up egg on a fried brioche roll sprinkled with powdered sugar, according to a recent profile on Thrillist.

  • Wolf Cave (Brooklyn NY) is a newish spot with an atypical barbecue menu to say the least. There's the usual smoked fare (pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket) but also an Eastern European spin with lamb shanks, rack of lamb, salmon steaks, fish and chips and a few different salads. As one Yelper advises, "let go of any traditional expectations you have of a BBQ place." Thanks to Robert for the lead. menu on Seamless



  • Smoke Box BBQ (Hamden CT) has closed—but maybe only temporarily. According to a Yelp report, they're looking for a new location in a nearby town. Thanks to Daniel for the lead.

  • Virgil's Real BBQ (Uncasville CT) has closed. Evidently, making it it in New York doesn't mean you can make it anywhere.

  • Whistling Pig (Bangor ME) has closed. Seems like yesterday that I posted its opening. Thanks to Dave for the lead.

  • P&P Soul Food (Brockton MA) has closed.

  • Nichols Top of the Hill Grill and BBQ (New Sharon ME) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.

  • Yeah Baby's BBQ (Morristown VT) has closed, morphing into a sandwich shop that seems to be under the same ownership. No BBQ. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.

  • Boondocks Tavern (Weare NH) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.

  • Eddie B's BBQ (Portsmouth NH) has closed, and I'll probably miss the onion rings most of all. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.

  • Screaming Boar Smokehouse (Littleton NH) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.

  • D&L Barbecue (Asbury Park NJ) has closed. Insert Springsteen-related comment here. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.

  • Mo Green's Roadhouse (Manalapan NJ) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.

  • Smokehouse BBQ (Somerville NJ) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.

  • Southern Smokehouse Buffet (Linden NJ) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.

  • Wilson's BBQ (Darien CT) has closed its rest stop outpost on I-95, but the restaurant is still open in Fairfield. I think I mentioned this previously here without updating the directory. Thanks to Sledneck and Ethan for reminders.

  • SlowBones Modern BBQ (Burlington MA), the joint founded that just last month declared they were going "on Winter vacation" (a day before the Super Bowl, no less), later announced that the vacation would be permanent—although they have not ruled out another attempt in another location. Thanks to Marc for the heads up.

  • Jerry Remy's (Boston MA) has long been grayed out in the directiry because they stopped doing barbecue, but apparently the original Fenway location is now closed. Thanks to Boston's Hidden Restaurants for the news. I know it's hard to believe, but for a short time at the outset their barbecue was both innovative and surprisingly good.




  • Bar BQ (Stamford CT) is the new name for Bar Q, though I'm not sure how recently this change happened (it could be years), or why. It's the same ownership and concept.

  • Zeke's Smokehouse Grill (Bernardston MA) hasn't closed, but they've gutted barbecue from the menu as of last year. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.

  • Sweet Fire BBQ (Claremont NH), which a few years ago ditched its website for a Facebook page, has ditched its Facebook page for a website. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.

  • Beefside (Concord NH) has changed its website's URL. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.

  • Ol' West BBQ (Annandale NJ) has changed its website's URL. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.


















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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Spareribs at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.


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Ribs at Riverside Barbeque, Nashua NH.


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Kreuz sausage special at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.


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Babyback ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.


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Burnt ends sandwich at Riverside Barbeque, Nashua NH.


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Ribs and pulled pork at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.


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Ribs at Tennessee's, Framingham MA.


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


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Ribs, brisket, pulled pork and turkey at BrisketTown (Delaney Barbecue), Brooklyn NY.


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Pastrami bacon at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.


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Burnt ends at Fletcher's, Brooklyn NY.


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Ribs at Morgan's, Brooklyn NY.


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


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Ribs at Bear's Smokehouse, Hartford CT.



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