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Recent BBQ Reviews:

Moe's South Portland ME

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Walrus + Carpenter Bridgeport CT

Bear's Smokehouse Hartford CT

Blue Smoke NYC (update)

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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)





Burger Reviews:

Mama's Boy S. Norwalk CT

Townsman Boston MA

Blue Dragon Boston MA

The Fix Worcester MA

Gibbet Hill Grill Groton MA

Chopps Burlington MA

Del Frisco's Grille Burlington MA and Chestnut Hill MA

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


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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

Chris Hart interview

Wildwood review rebuttal

Blue Ribbon commissary

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Archive - June 2015




Maine BBQ: Moe's Original Reviewed

The site's 332nd barbecue review is for Moe's Original Bar-B-Que (South Portland ME), a Colorado-based chain serving Alabama style barbecue. I don't want to get into the habit of listing and reviewing chains, but this one has only two outposts in the Northeast (the other is Bangor), so consider this a rare exception. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Moe's Original Bar-B-Que







Maine BBQ: Elsmere BBQ Reviewed

The site's 331st barbecue review is for Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill (South Portland ME), a two year old joint with a neighborhood feel. 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 Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill






Boston BBQ: My Top 8 "Boston" BBQ Joints

A few weeks ago, Phantom Gourmet announced its annual Great 8 for barbecue; last week Eater Boston posted their list of the 8 Boston barbecue joints to try. So, even though I'm still working on an updated Boston rankings list in which I slot a few dozen joints into tiers, I'll halt that research to quickly submit an unranked Top 8 for comparison with those other lists.


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Like my counterparts, I'm stretching the definition of "Boston" to include anything within an hour's drive of Boston proper.


See my Top 8 Barbecue Joints within an hour of Boston





Boston BBQ Events: New England Country Market and Smokehouse Reviewed

Most of you are still planning this weekend's eats, but it's never too early to start thinking about maximizing the summer enjoyment by combining barbecue with local brewers, live music and a great view. For Boston barbecue fans, that's possible at the Riverside BBQ Series, a four-part event presenting barbecue by non-barbecue restaurants at the Harry Parker Boathouse (Brighton MA) overlooking the Charles River. Participants include West Bridge, The Sinclair, Brass Union, Tavern Road, Puritan & Company and more.



DISCOUNT: PigTrip readers can get a $5 discount to the first two sessions by using the promo code "sweetcorn".






Massachusetts BBQ: New England Country Market and Smokehouse Reviewed

The site's 330th review is for New England Country Market & Smokehouse (Haverhill MA), a north-of-Boston upstart that's an offshoot of Boston Chowda. A Groupon ad alerted me to their existence and (along with butter and a crowbar) got me in the door. But will their food get me back? Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of New England Country Market & Smokehouse






Reading: Four Northeast BBQ Joints Make One Author's Top 100

I received a complimentary copy of "The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America," by Johnny Fugitt, a freelance writer from Missouri who in 365 days visited 365 barbecue joints in 48 states. The top 27% of the restaurants he visited fall into a ranked Top 25 and an unranked additional 75 arranged by region. I like that there's some ballsiness to the selections—not every barbecue icon ranked as highly as you'd think—and that he similarly did not feel compelled to neatly include a joint from each state for balance. It starts with barbecue background, rants, theories and storytelling—which I found more compelling than the restaurant listings—and ends with an awards section crowning a handful of restaurants with individual awards.



Barbecue restaurants from the Northeast included:

- Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY (#2 overall)
- BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA (#20 overall)
- Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop MA
- Hill Country, Washington DC (and also NYC)
- Salvage BBQ, Portland ME



“I was unsatisfied with the Top 10 lists that recycle the same historic or well-marketed restaurants,” said Fugitt, “so I loaded up the car and drove over 31,000 miles in search of America’s best barbecue. I found some hidden gems along the way and left off a few famous names because they no longer make barbecue that lives up to their reputations. I even saw one of the most historic restaurants in America microwaving ribs before service.”


Fugitt's favorite? It's in Austin, but not the one you'd guess (though that one made the top 10). “My favorite barbecue joint in America is a little mom-and-pop trailer in Austin, Texas, called Kerlin BBQ,” said Fugitt. “After sampling hundreds of ribs, briskets, pork sandwiches, sauces and sides, Kerlin stood out as my favorite.” Restaurants from Kansas City, Memphis, North Carolina, Arkansas, New York, Florida and two more from Texas also made the Top 10.


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Worcester Burgers: The Fix Reviewed

I not only should have reviewed them by May for National Burger Month, I should have reviewed them last year for burger month. But sometimes it takes a while to render a verdict. With verdict in hand, my review for The Fix (Worcester MA) is in.

See my review of The Fix





Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning seven states. This time there are six new joints (or new to the site), one seasonal expansion, six closings, one move, one temporary move and one that's still serving beer but no longer serving food.




  • HooDoo Brown BBQ (Ridgefield CT) is a recently-opened barbecue joint that marks the Connecticut debut of longtime NYC pitmaster Nestor Laracuente, most recently of Hometown BBQ. The diverse menu features the usual suspects (though the chicken is called crispy smoked chicken) plus beef shortribs, smoked wings, smoked turkey, burnt ends, rib tips, pork belly and two kinds of sausage.

  • Two Southern Sissies BBQ (Provincetown MA) is a new barbecue joint that oddly has ribs in the photo but not on their May menu. Thanks to Steven for the lead. Facebook

  • One Block East (Wantagh NY) is a "new" Long Island barbecue joint The pitmaster is Brian Chichester, formerly of South Shore BBQ Company, Fletcher's and RUB. Thanks to Sledneck for the lead.

  • Billy Hill's Roadhouse (Richmond RI) is a new joint in southwestern Rhode Island (do I hear "crawl"?) that's very close to Black Sheep BBQ and somewhat close to a few just over the Connecticut border. The barbecue menu sticks to the basics but the apps include alligator, smoked wings and enough salads and finger food to feed the less barbecue inclined. Thanks to Alex for the lead.

  • Stickey's BBQ (Hillsdale NJ) is an old school joint that probably should have been in the directory a long time ago. They offer the usual suspects, plus beef ribs, rib tips, sausage and "pitt ham" and "pitt turkey.

  • Taste of Smoke BBQ (Jackson NJ) is a highly regarded joint with beef and pork spare ribs (though the photos are babybacks) and sandwiches available on Kaiser rolls or Texas toast, or as sliders or wraps.

  • Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue (Brooklyn NY) now has an outpost at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar in Rockaway Park.



  • Randall's BBQ (Brooklyn NY) is no more. It's been a while, but it's not easy to tell with the nomadic operations.

  • MoJo's BBQ (Kittery ME) is now closed, but the Portsmouth NH location across the bridge is still going strong.

  • Bobby Q's (Suffern NY) has closed. No, it wasn't because of the succotash.

  • Yellow Rose BBQ (Willimantic CT) has closed. Its location was sold and the restaurant that replaced it hired the owner/pitmaster. Thanks to Zeke, Michelle and Brad for the info.

  • Miss Linda's Texas BBQ (Keene NH) has closed to focus on catering. Thanks to Linda (yeah, that Linda) for the info (and for trying to sell me a catering package).

  • Mara's Too (Wantagh NY), which was replaced by One Block East (see above), has closed. Thanks to Sledneck for the lead.




  • Witty and Droll (Plymouth NH) has moved out of that town and is now in the parking lot of Moose Scoops Ice Cream (Warren NH). This is supposedly a temporary measure until they can get a new lease and return to Plymouth. Thanks to Jeff for the info. Facebook

  • Fire 'n' Brew (Wells ME) hasn't closed, but they're now focusing exclusively on the brew and have eliminated the fire. It's a brewery only.

  • Hot Rod's BBQ (Wharton NJ) has moved down the street.











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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Green chili with rib garnish at Terlingua, Portland ME.


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Thai wings at Buck's Naked, Portland ME.


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Hot Mango wings at Binga's Stadium, Portland ME.


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Ribs at Moe's Original Bar-B-Que, South Portland ME.


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Ribs at Northern Bell, Brooklyn NY.


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Korean sticky ribs at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.


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Lamb ribs at Fletcher's, Brooklyn NY.


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Pulled pork sandwich at The Original Smokey Goodness, Barrington NHNH.


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Ribs, pork and brisket at Goody Cole's Smokehouse, Brentwood NH.


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Ribs, pork and brisket combo at New England Country Market & Smokehouse, Haverhill MA.


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Smoked hot dog (new) at Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop MA.


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Babybacks, brisket and pulled pork at SoulFire, Allston MA.


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Ribs at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.


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Ribs at HooDoo Brown, Ridgefield CT.


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Wings at Wire Mill Saloon, Georgetown CT.


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Burnt ends sandwich at Blue Ribbon, W. Newton MA.


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Brisket and ribs at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.





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