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Northern Smoke Carmel NY

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Hartford CT (update)

Top of the Hill Grill Brattleboro VT

Rosebud Somerville MA

Brutopia Cranston RI

Humo Smokehouse Brooklyn NY

East Coast Grill

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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

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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

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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:

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New Bridge Cafe Chelsea MA

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Fogo de Chao Boston MA

Frank Pepe's Pizzeria

New Haven CT

Donna's Donuts

Tewksbury MA


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Archive - July 2015





Boston 'Burbs BBQ: Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint Reviewed

The site's 335th barbecue review is for Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint (Medfield MA), a newcomer with a musical theme. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint







Boston BBQ: SoulFire Re-reviewed

Here's a fresh look at SoulFire (Allston MA), a 9 year old Boston joint with a devoted following. The 80+ photos are a roller coaster ride of barbecue there from 2010 to the present. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review update for SoulFire









Boston BBQ: Larry J's BBQ Cafe Reviewed

The site's 334th barbecue review is for Larry J's BBQ Cafe (Boston MA), that rare Seaport eatery that's not a big time chain. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Larry J's BBQ Cafe







Connecticut Burgers: Mama's Boy Reviewed

The last installment of the Fourth of July burger trilogy is my burger review of Mama's Boy Southern Table and Refuge (South Norwalk CT), a restaurant with a Southern farmhouse pretense.

See my review of Mama's Boy Southern Table and Refuge






Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are 18 new joints (or new to the site) and 12 closings.



  • Blujeen (NYC) is a Harlem comfort food restaurant "inspired by the generations of home cooks, 'the ladies' who understood the importance of maintaining tradition while growing from your roots." Chef Lance Knowling's ambitious meny combines southern, soul and barbecue; according to a recent New York Daily News piece, there's a smoker behind the Kansas City ribs. Thanks to Chuck for the lead.

  • Pig Beach (Brooklyn NY) is an outdoor, weather-permitting, multi-cheffed Gowanus barbecue popup ajacent to a "pungent canal," according to one published piece. The unusual menu includes ribs, Wagyu beef pastrami, Yankee red hot links, pork shoulder, turkey breast and tri tip, with burgers and dogs for the less barbecue inclined. Thanks to Chuck, Robbie and "TF" for separate leads.

  • The Shop (Brooklyn NY) is a barbecue and entertainment complex in Bushwick that recently opened after a 2-year delay. The compact menu features ribs, beef shoulder, chicken drumsticks, two kinds of sausage and all-vegetarian sides.

  • Terlingua (Portland ME) calls itself "a boutique BBQ restaurant combining house-smoked meats with Latin American fare." The interesting menu has two kinds of smoked meat chili, smoked beef tongue and cheek tacos, pork belly chicharrones, a cold smoked fish dip, several vegetarian options, a daily ceviche and daily barbecue specials. Thanks to Bill for alerting me to this several months back. Scroll down a few posts for my "First Look" review.

  • Moe's Original Bar-B-Que (South Portland ME) is a chain (I know, I know) serving Alabama style barbecue. As mentioned in my recent review, they serve some surprisingly good brisket. Thanks to Brian for the lead.Scroll down a few posts for my recent review.

  • Hog Wild Smokin' Cue (Westbrook CT) is a beachside joint with a Myron Mixon smoker. Thanks to "TF" for the lead. www.hogwildsmokingcue

  • Beachland Tavern (West Hartford CT) is a watering hole with smoked items such as wings, smoked-then-fried ribs, burnt ends and brisket. Thanks to Jeff, who recommends the wings and brisket highly, for the lead.

  • Smoke Not Just BBQ (Manchester CT) is a new barbecue operation that's the third to go into the same space vacated by Rockhouse BBQ and Hilltop BBQ Downtown. While the first of the three leaned toward the down 'n' doity, this one seems more hoity toity. Burnt ends, smoked wings and candied bacon will all receive a try when I hit it soon. Thanks to Michelle for the lead.

  • Local Burgy (Williamsburg MA) is an expansion of the popular Local Burger in a trailer setup that offers burgers and barbecue. Thanks to both Mark and Bill for separate leads. Facebook

  • 2 Jerks BBQ (Raynham MA) is month-old joint serviong the standards plus house made sausage, house smoked candied bacon, fried chicken and a few different seafood dishes. Thanks to Mark and Brian for separate leads. Facebook

  • Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint (Medfield MA) is another month-old joint with a compact barbecue menu and live entertainment. Thanks to Emily for the lead.

  • American Glory (Tannersville NY) is an expansion of the original in Hudson NY.

  • Smoky Rock BBQ (Rhinebeck NY) is a new Hudson Valley BBQ addition with an unusual menu featuring cured meats, smoked meats, many vegetarian items, pork rinds with BBQ sauce, pastrami, turkey, tongue, wet and dry ribs, beef burgers, lamb burgers and much more. Thanks to "TF" for the lead.

  • Grandpa Val's BBQ (Queens NY) is a catering outfit that'll be a regular vendor at the all new Smorgasburg Queens, which kicks off tomorrow. Facebook

  • Redneck Bistro (Lake Placid NY) is a no-bells-and-whistles joint in upstate NY featuring burgers, dogs, ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork. Thanks to Joe for the lead. Facebook

  • Smoke Signals (Lake Placid NY) is perhaps the most modern of that area's stable of barbecue joints. There's live musical entertainment and an ambitious menu that beyond the barbecue basics has burnt ends, tandoori salmon, a brisket Reuben and vegetarian dishes galore. Thanks again to Joe for the lead.

  • Tail o' the Pup (Ray Brook NY) is a fleet of tent-covered outdoor picnic tables that's been around since the Yankees were at their greatest. No, not Jeter's Yankees; I'm talking about The Babe. Though the name stems from its hot dog roots, the menu includes wood smoked barbecue. Thanks again to Joe for the lead.

  • Wyatt's BBQ (Lake Placid NY) is where "Tex meets Mex" and where barbecue (smoked pork, brisket and chicken; no ribs) make their way into burritos and such. Thanks again to Joe for the lead.



  • Antonina's Kitchen (Orange MA) has closed. Thanks to Mark for the info.

  • Port Royal Grille (Islip NY) has closed. Thanks to Sledneck for the info.

  • Cody's BBQ (Riverhead NY) is another Long Island BBQ joint to bite the proverbial dust. Thanks again to Sledneck for the info.

  • Memphis Hustle (Coxsackie NY) has closed.

  • Route 22 Restaurant (Armonk NY) has closed.

  • Pig Out BBQ (Schenectady NY) has probably closed.

  • Minny Vinny's (Redding CT or Georgetown CT) no longer exists. It was the predecessor of Wire Mill BBQ that I announced over a year ago.

  • Q Smokin' Good Food (Springfield MA) has closed, as announced on its Facebook page.

  • Bobby Spur's BBQ (Wallingford CT) has closed.

  • Twins Barbecue (Wappingers Falls NY) has closed. That's two closed barbecue operations in the same space within a 2-year span.

  • Bubba Bean BBQ (Hudson NY) has closed. Thanks to Sledneck for the info.

  • Jenny's BBQ (Stanfordville NY) is no more. Thanks to "TF" for the lead.






Boston Burgers: Townsman Reviewed

One more burger review before switching back to barbecue, this one by chef Matt Jennings at the recently opened Townsman (Boston MA) on the Rose Kennedy Greenway near Chinatown.

See my review of Townsman







Boston Burgers: Blue Dragon Reviewed

Time for another burger review, this one an East-West creation by telegenic chef Ming Tsai at his Asian gastropub Blue Dragon in Fort Point Channel.

See my review of Blue Dragon








Maine BBQ: First Look at Terlingua

A full fledged review with a deeper look at the menu will follow, but for now here's a first look at Terlingua (Portland ME), a two-week old Latin-barbecue mashup where I tried four dishes. Here's my report.

See my First Look at Terlingua








Brooklyn BBQ: Northern Bell Reviewed

Back to back reviews? Believe it. The site's 333rd barbecue review is for Northern Bell (Brooklyn NY), a lesser known Williamsburg joint on the opposite side of the BQE from the more familiar ones. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Northern Bell











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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Wings at Smokestack Urban Barbecuem Worcester MA.


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Burnt ends and pulled pork at Smoke Not Just BBQ, Manchester CT.


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Ribs, brisket and sausage at BrisketTown, Brooklyn NY.


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Burnt ends sliders at Slide Bar-B-Q, Maspeth NY.


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Ribs at TheShop, Brooklyn NY.


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Sausage and babybacks at Pig Beach, Brooklyn NY.


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Wings at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Brooklyn NY.


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Sausage and pulled pork at Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ, Milford NH.


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Ribs at Smokestack Urban Barbecuem Worcester MA.


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Ribs at Tony G's BBQ, Belmont MA.


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


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Ribs at Highland BBQ, Northfield MA.


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Pulled pork sandwich at Smoky Bro's BBQ, Shelburne MA.


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Bacon Buffalo smoked wings at Carnivores All American BBQ, Milford MA.


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Ribs at Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint, Medfield MA.


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Smoked wings at Beachland Tavern, West Hartford CT.


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Pulled pork and brisket sliders at Smoke Not Just BBQ, Manchester CT.


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Brisket at Terlingua, Portland ME.


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Sausage, brisket and pork at Buck's Naked, Portland ME.


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Brisket at Backroom at Moody's, Waltham MA.


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Ribs, pork and brisket at American Glory, Hudson NY.


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Pork belly and chicken at HooDoo Brown, Ridgefield CT.


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Hawg Wings at Larry J's Barbecue Cafe, Boston MA.


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Wings at Bison County, Waltham MA.


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Brisket and ribs at Blue Ribbon, W. Newton MA.






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