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Blue Smoke NYC (update)

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Cask 'n' Flagon Boston MA (update)

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

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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:

Hard Times Sundaes Brooklyn NY

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


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

2013 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 - April 2015





New York City BBQ: Blue Smoke Re-reviewed

New chef. New menu. New recipes. Time to take another look at the barbecue at Blue Smoke (NYC). The restaurant that kicked off New York City's barbecue renaissance more than a decade ago is having a renaissance of its own.


Check out my re-review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of update for Blue Smoke







Brooklyn BBQ: Arrogant Swine Reviewed

The site's 327th review is for Arrogant Swine (Brooklyn NY), the Carolina whole hog emporium with a lively indoor bar scene and spacious outdoor dining. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Arrogant Swine






Joints Directory Madness

A rare Sunday post brings the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity spanning five states. This time there are seven new joints, three closings, two joints back from the dead and one ownership change that effectively eliminated barbecue.




  • All Friends Smokehouse (Westport MA) is a new sitdown joint specializing in Texas style barbecue and "award winning" menu items. They feature St Louis and babyback ribs, brisket pulled pork and smoked wings. But the turkey is the item that most intrigues me: "rubbed with a special cranberry and herb blend, smoked over cherry wood, served with sausage, cranberry and cornbread stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce."

  • Brick & Tin Barbeque (West Bridgewater MA) is a Thursday-through-Sunday takeout joint whose ribs are babybacks and whose brisket is burnt ends. Thanks to Mark for the lead.

  • Hazel (Brattleboro VT) is a pizza joint that does smoked barbecue as well. Thanks to both Marty and Bill for separate leads.

  • New England Country Market & Smokehouse (Haverhill MA) is a Groupon discovery in the Merrimack Valley northwest of Boston. The menu features both pork and beef ribs as well as brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken and jumbo turkey legs. Lobster rolls and chowder (they're affiliated with Boston Chowda) are also available. Thanks also to Bill for also spotting.

  • T&T BBQ Hut (Jamaica NY) is a Queens joint with Caribbean touches that one Yelper called "superb," another "not good at all" and another "the closest thing in NY to Trinidad BBQ." And there you have it.

  • Gut Bustas (Danielson CT) is a trailer operation slinging pulled pork, brisket, ribs and burgers. Thanks to Jim for the lead. Facebook

  • Gotta Q (Albion RI) is a food truck with an interesting menu of burnt ends, smoky beanless chili and tri-tip in addition to the basic four of babybacks, brisket, pulled pork and chicken. Thanks to Janice for the lead. Facebook



  • Dave's Cape Cod Smokehouse (Harwich MA) is most likely closed, based on lack of phone contact and a Yelp closed status.

  • Hilltop Downton (Manchester CT) has closed, but the joint they spun off from, Hilltop BBQ (Moodus CT), is still going strong. Thanks to Scott for the lead.

  • The Cardinal (NYC) has closed.




  • East Ender (Portland ME) reopened under new ownership as planned, but the barbecue component is no longer intact.

  • Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ (Taunton MA) is a food truck resurfacing of the same operation whose brick and mortar joint closed in Brockton. How do I know? I'd recognize that BBQ sauce and mustard sauce detailing anywhere, and that's what's in the photos I've seen.

  • Screaming Boar BBQ (Littleton NH) is back. Or maybe they never left. Seems they have a new name (not Screaming Boar Smokehouse) and a new website (again, BBQ, not Smokehouse), a van in addition to the restaurant, and a new schedule, Thursday-through-Saturday only. Thanks to Ling for the info.







BBQ Influences: Burgers and Barbecue Collide with Shake Shack's Lockhart Link Burger

A limited edition burger at Shake Shack (Chestnut Hill and Harvard Square in the Boston area) previews a soon-to-be full-time menu item at the Austin TX Shake Shack once it opens. The Lockhart Link Burger guest stars a smoked sausage link from the legendary Kreuz Market (Lockhart TX).

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See my mini review of the Lockhart Link Burger






Brooklyn Burgers: Hard Times Sundaes Reviewed

What's more American than paying taxes? A burger, that's what. So let's pay tribute, if not taxes, to the burger at Hard Times Sundaes (Brooklyn NY), a food truck that takes some effort to reach but might just be worth the trip.

See my review of Hard Times Sundaes







Boston BBQ: Cask 'n' Flagon Re-reviewed

With the Red Sox home opener today, thousands of fans will likely make their way past Cask 'n' Flagon (Boston MA), the watering hole right next to Fenway that added barbecue to its menu two years ago and upped its game with a J&R smoker last year.


So the time is right for another look at the 'cue served at this nationally recognized sports bar. Check out my re-review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of update for Cask 'n' Flagon











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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Brisket and pulled pork at SoulFire, Allston MA.


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Ribs at Bear's Smokehouse, Hartford CT.


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Brisket at Q Smokin' Good Food, Springfield MA.


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Spare ribs and pulled pork at Bub's, Sunderland MA.


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Wings at People's Pint, Greenfield MA.


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Wings at Northern Bell, Brooklyn NY.


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Whole hog at Arrogant Swine, Brooklyn NY.


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Moist brisket, lean brisket, Kreuz sausage and turkey at Hill Country, NYC.


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Ribs at Blue Smoke, NYC.


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Spare ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.


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Brisket, ribs and pulled pork at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.


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Brisket sandwich at Loretta's Last Call, Boston MA.


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Pulled pork, brisket and pork belly at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.


click to view larger imagePulled pork sandwich at Cask 'n' Flagon, Boston MA.


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Pulled pork sandwich at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.


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Brisket at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Stamford CT.


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Chicken at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY (different visit from photo below).


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Brisket at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.



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Whole hog, outside brown and pork ribs at Arrogant Swine, Brooklyn NY.


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Pulled pork sliders at Brother Jimmy's, NYC.


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Brisket sandwich at Blue Smoke, NYC.




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