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Recent BBQ Reviews:

Northern Bell Brooklyn NY

Moe's Original S. Portland ME

Elsmere BBQ S. Portland ME

New England Country Market Haverhill MA

Bub's BBQ Sunderland MA (update)

Walrus + Carpenter Bridgeport CT

Bear's Smokehouse Hartford CT

Blue Smoke NYC (update)

Arrogant Swine Brooklyn NY

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)

 

 

 

 

Burger Reviews:

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

 

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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BBQ by City:

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White Plains NY

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Yonkers NY

 

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(07/03/15)

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

 

 

 

 

(07/01/15)

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

 

 

 

 

(06/30/15)

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

 

 

 

 

 

(06/25/15)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

(06/23/15)

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

 

 

 

 

 

(06/19/15)

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".

www.riversidebbqseries.com

 

 

 

 

 

(06/18/15)

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

 

 

 

 

(06/16/15)

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.

 

Available for purchase on Amazon:

www.amazon.com/dp/099623330X

 

 

 

 

(06/15/15)

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

 

 

 

 

(06/02/15)

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.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • 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. www.hoodoobrownbbq.com

  • 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. www.oneblockeastli.com

  • 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. www.billyhillsroadhouse.com

  • 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. www.stickeysbbq.com

  • 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. www.tasteofsmoke.com

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

 

CLOSINGS

  • 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.

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

(05/27/15)

Massachusetts BBQ: Bub's Re-reviewed

A very quick and simple re-review for Bub's BBQ (Sunderland MA), the five-decades-old joint that's a sentimental favorite among UMass alums. 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 Bub's BBQ

 

 

 

 

(05/22/15)

Connecticut BBQ: Walrus+Carpenter Reviewed

The site's 329th review is for Walrus + Carpenter (Bridgeport CT), a pork powered gastropub with a barbecue backbone in the Black Rock neighborhood. I'm calling this review "incomplete" for now, because it's only two visits and only four meats, but there's plenty of opportunity for edification down the road. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Walrus + Carpenter

 

 

 

 

 

(05/20/15)

Boston Burbs Burgers: Gibbet Hill Grill Burger Reviewed

Since May is National Burger Month, how about another burger review? This one's another in the outskirts of Boston: Gibbet Hill Grill (Groton MA), where the grounds are spectacular and the beef is raised right on their farm.

See my review of Gibbet Hill Grill

 

 

 

 

 

(05/15/15)

Hartford BBQ: Bear's Smokehouse Reviewed

The site's 328th review is for Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford CT), a multilevel joint with a Kansas City feel in the heart of Connecticut's capital. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Bear's Smokehouse Hartford

 

 

 

 

(05/11/15)

Boston Burbs Burgers: Chopps Dry Aged Burger Reviewed

Since May is National Burger Month, may I suggest another burger review? This one's in the same town as the last one but a step up: Chopps American Bar and Grill (Burlington MA), where the beef is dry aged.

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See my review of Chopps American Bar and Grill

 

 

 

 

 

(05/07/15)

Boston Burbs Burgers: Del Frisco's Grille Burger Reviewed

May is National Burger Month, so here's the first of a bunch of burger reviews to appear throughout the month. We'll start off slow with a look at the Grille Prime Cheeseburger at Del Frisco's Grille (tried at both Burlington MA and Chestnut Hill MA).

See my review of Del Frisco's Grille

 

 

 

 

 

 

(04/30/15)

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

 

 

 

 

 

(04/24/15)

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

 

 

 

 

(04/19/15)

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.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • 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." www.allfriendscatering.com

  • 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. www.thebrickandtinbbq.com

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

  • 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. www.newenglandcountrymarket.com

  • 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

 

CLOSINGS

  • 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.

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

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

  • 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. www.screamingboarbbq.com

 

 

 

 

 

(04/17/15)

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

 

 

 

 

(04/15/15)

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

 

 

 

 

 

(04/13/15)

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

 

 

 

 

(03/30/15)

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

 

 

 

 

(03/04/15)

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.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • 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. www.eddiesbbqri.com

  • 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. www.kimchismoke.com

  • 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

 

CLOSINGS

  • 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. www.slowbonesbbq.com

  • 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.

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

  • 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. www.barbqstamford.com

  • 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. www.sweetfirebbq.com

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

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

 

 

 

 

(02/12/15)

Massachusetts BBQ: Lady C&J Soul Food Reviewed

The site's 326th review is for Lady C&J Soul Food (Brockton MA), a soul food joint where the ribs are smoked. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Lady C&J Soul Food

 

 

 

 

 

(02/06/15)

Joints Directory Madness: the "Joint that Used to Be Another Joint" Edition

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning five states. This time there's one totally new joint, one replacement of another joint with new owners, one replacement of another joint with the same owners, two relocations, one merger, two closings, one temporary closing to retool under new ownership and another temporary closing that's a little mysterious.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Sempre Fame (Floral Park NY) is a new western Long Island joint that serves the usual barbecue fare alomg with sandwiches on Texas toast such as the Brisket Bacon Melt with garlic brisket butter. Thanks to Sam for the lead. www.semprefame.com

  • Rivershed (Scituate MA) is the new restaurant, under new ownership, occupying the space vacated by the now-defunct JW's Burger Bar. The smoker has apparently remained and is now relied on for expanded barbecue offerings that include ribs, pulled pork, brisket and smoked chicken, all served "straight from the smoker" starting at 4PM. www.therivershed.com

  • Apps and Ales (Patchogue NY) is the name of the new joint (under the same ownership) that replaced the retooled South Shore BBQ Company. A menu had been hard to come by, but the new website reveals that ribs, rib tips, smoked wings and pulled pork are all still on offer. Thanks to Guy for the lead. www.appsandales.com

 

CLOSINGS

  • It's All Good (Indian Orchard 'hood of Springfield MA) has closed. Thanks to Bill for the info.

  • Chuck Wagon BBQ (Southwick MA) has closed. Thanks again to Bill for the info.

 

OTHER CHANGES

  • Pig Rig BBQ (Wallingford CT), the joint under different ownership that took over Big Country's Hickory Pit BBQ a while back, has traded in the trailer and moved after a brief hiatus to new indoor digs in climate controlled splendor. Thanks to Dan for the heads up. www.pigrigbbq.com

  • Big Fatty's BBQ (White River Junction VT) had moved a while back and I updated the listing, but evidently neglected to post it here. Thanks to Tom for the heads up. www.maplestreetcatering.com/piggery.html

  • The East Ender (Portland ME) has been sold. Closed since the new year, it is hoping to reopen under the new ownership (popular food truck Small Axe) in another month or so. Thanks to the staff at next door neighbors Duckfat for some details and to Marty for some investigative work. www.eastenderportland.com

  • Swingbellys (Long Beach NY) has also undergone an ownership change, effectively merging with fellow Long Beach restaurant Speakesy so that the original owners could head south. The menu has already undergone some changes and a weekend brunch menu is now in play. Thanks to chuck for the reminder. www.swingbellysbbq.com

  • SlowBones Modern BBQ (Burlington MA), the joint founded by a guy who founded Boston Chicken, is "on Winter vacation," as announced on their Facebook page. Interesting (read: ominous) that it came just a day before the Super Bowl and directed inquiries to an email address rather than answering via comments to the post. www.slowbonesbbq.com

 

 

 

 

(01/26/15)

New York City BBQ: Mexicue (Times Square) Reviewed

The site's 325th review is for the Times Square outpost of Mexicue (NYC), a Mexican-barbecue mashup (shocker) with food truck roots. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Mexicue Times Square

 

 

 

 

(01/12/15)

Yelp and Cosby

 

With Yelp the value often comes not from the credentials of any one Yelper but from the sheer numbers. Yelpers are a lot like the Cosby accusers. If one woman says Bill Cosby raped her, she's probably either a crackpot or someone with an axe to grind. If two dozen women say Cosby raped them, he probably did. And if two dozen Yelpers say the meat is dry and the service is slow, both are probably true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Ribs at Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop MA.

 

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Wings at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

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Ribs at State Park, Cambridge MA.

 

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Pork, brisket and ribs at Elsmere BBQ, S. Portland ME.

 

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Ribs at Salvage BBQ, Portland ME.

 

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

 

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Brisket at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Pork belly at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Ribs at Walrus + Carpenter, Bridgeport CT.

 

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Ribs and brisket at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, NYC.

 

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Rib tips special at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

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Ribs and burnt ends at Bear's Smokehouse, Hartford CT.

 

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Pork spareribs, beef rib and sausage at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.

 

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

 

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Bacon and pulled pork at Fette Sau, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Spares at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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

 

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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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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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Pulled pork sandwich at Riverside Barbeque, Nashua NH.

 

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Ribs, pulled pork and brisket at Lester's, Burlington MA.

 

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Ribs at Bear's Smokehouse, Hartford CT.

 

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'Burnt ends' (rib tips) at Smokin' With Chris, Southington CT.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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