Your guide to BBQ joints in Boston, New York and everywhere in between

 

 

 

Recent Features:

2014 Wings Rankings

Causeway Opening Near

SlowBones opens

Boston BBQ Rankings

NYC BBQ Rankings

Salvage vs Elsmere

Dinosaur Stamford CT

Danielle Niles interview

6 Tips for Shake Shack

 

 

Recent BBQ Reviews:

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)

Firefly's

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:

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

 


 

 

Joints by Region:

 

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Hudson Valley BBQ

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New Hampshire BBQ

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BBQ by City:

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Augusta ME

Bay Shore NY

Boston MA

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Brookline MA

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Burlington MA

Burlington VT

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Massapequa NY

Merrick NY

Milford CT

Montpelier VT

Nashua NH

New Haven CT

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Newton MA

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Norwalk CT

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Nyack NY

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Peabody MA

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Revere MA

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Waterbury CT

White Plains NY

Woburn MA

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Yonkers NY

 

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(10/24/14)

Boston BBQ: Rosebud Reviewed

The site's 322nd review is for Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar (Somerville MA), a reborn diner now serving upscale comfort food and barbecue-influenced specialties masterminded by John Delpha, a veteran of the competition circuit. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Rosebud

 

 

 

 

(10/15/14)

Rhode Island BBQ: Brutopia Reviewed

The site's 321st review is for Brutopia (Cranston RI), a brewery, pub and barbecue joint all rolled into one. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Brutopia

 

 

 

 

 

(10/07/14)

Brooklyn BBQ: Humo Smokehouse Reviewed

The site's 320th review is for Humo Smokehouse (Brooklyn NY), a relative newcomer to the bustling Brooklyn BBQ scene. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Humo Smokehouse

 

 

 

 

 

(09/29/14)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning

three states. This time there are five new joints and four closings.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Rosebud American Kitchen (Somerville MA) opened two weeks ago in Davis Square, just around the corner from Redbones.  It's a rebirth of a diner that had been around for decades, with a menu that's much more. The upscale comfort food includes a number of barbecue and barbecue-influenced options, smoked in a J&R and masterminded by former Jack Daniels BBQ champion John Delpha. www.rosebudkitchen.com

  • Humo Smokehouse (Brooklyn NY) is a joint that's been around since January, but it's remained under the radar even in the barbecue crazed media capital that is New York City. There's a J&R here too, and the compact menu is almost strictly barbecue. I've already visited, so expect a review soon. Thanks to Simon for the find. Facebook 

  • Witty and Droll BBQ (Plymouth NH) is a food truck that embodies dream of Melanie DeRoehn, a local who decided the town needed a barbecue joint. All of the meats come from local farms. Thanks to both Joe and Jenna for leads. www.wittyanddrollbbq.com

  • Boobie Trap Bar (Brooklyn NY) is a month old dive emphasizing a certain aspect of the female anatomy, but principally with the decor. Their Facebook page seems more preoccupied with convincing you how badass they are than presenting a menu, but it's some form of barbecue. Facebook

  • The Original Smokey Goodness Pub & Grill (Barrington NH) is that rare new joint without the tired bravado. Their candid Facebook page chronicles their growth and improvement, so I'm rooting for them and hope to visit soon even if it too doesn't have a posted menu. Thanks to Marty for the lead. Facebook

 

 

CLOSINGS

  • Bentley's Famous BBQ (Tyngsboro MA) closed as quickly as they opened, with more damning Yelp reviews in its wake.

  • Smoken Joe's (Brighton MA) closed last week after enduring recent battles with landlord, elements and health. Their barbecue sauce arsenal included an Alabama white before most people had heard of it, and their musical offerings were respectable. Though it never earned a spot in my rotation, Smoken Joe's will still be missed.

  • Southern Style Barbeque (Worcester MA) is now officially closed after only two months in business and one month of temporary closure "for remodeling." Not much of a surprise to anyone (read: me) who's driven by a few times a week without ever seeing any lights on inside, any contractor vehicles or any dumpster for the usual remodeling discards. This one would have been in my rotation, if only because it was less than 2 miles from the day job, but thanks to food like this, it won't be missed. It would have been a fun review.

  • Harlem BBQ Company (NYC) is now closed. I missed my chance. Thanks to Robert for the info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(09/24/14)

Boston BBQ: East Coast Grill Re-reviewed

I paid a few recent visits to East Coast Grill (Cambridge MA), a restaurant now known mostly for its spicy food "Hell Night" events, but they're also one of greater Boston' veteran barbecue practitioners. At one time I ranked them among the best, but how are they doing these days? Check out the review update via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my updated review of East Coast Grill

 

 

 

 

 

(09/17/14)

Boston BBQ: Causeway Reviewed

The site's 319th review is for Causeway (Boston MA), the new barbecue joint across from Boston Garden. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Causeway

 

 

 

 

 

(09/14/14)

Reviewing the Reviews

Thinking back on the August 1 annual tally of barbecue joint reviews, barbecue review updates and burger reviews, the number that disappointed me most was the number of review updates. PigTrip is now 8 years old and some of the reviews are still 8 years old. For some joints, that's okay; for any of the major ones, it's not. That doesn't mean I'm going to lose sleep holding myself to a standard that major publications with a staff of thousands don't even attain. But it does mean it's going to be a focus for the remainder of the year and beyond. As I type this I envision nearly as many barbecue review updates as new ones during that span. Several are already underway, even for places reviewed as recently as a year ago. For some, it'll be a matter of updating some staff, menu and physical layout changes, with some newer photos. For others, there'll be some significant critical reassessmentsome for the better and some for the worse.

 

 

 

 

(09/08/14)

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Wings

With the start of the 2014 NFL season comes my now annual list of my favorite smoked wings at fifteen different barbecue joints in New York and New England. In order to make this list, the wings have to be smoked, they have to be offered regularly and I had to have tried them within the last two years.

 

 

See the all-new 2014 smoked wing countdown

 

 

 

 

 

(09/04/14)

Let the Games (and the Wings) Begin

The NFL season kicks off tonight. For most teams, the season starts Sunday, so throughout the day I'll be unveiling the 2014 PigTrip Wings List on Facebook and Twitter. I'll post the smoked wings list in its entirety on Monday morning. There'll be some old favorites, some joints from last time falling off the list and some interesting new additions and return appearances.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(08/30/14)

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(08/29/14)

Massachusetts BBQ: Chip Shots Reviewed

The site's 318th review is for Chip Shots (Littleton MA), a sports pub west of I-495 with a wood smoked BBQ section on their menu. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Chip Shots

 

 

 

 

 

 

(08/27/14)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning

five states. This time there are four new joints, one expansion, four closings and one temporary closing "for remodeling."

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Mighty Quinn's Barbeque (NYC) is expanding at a tribble-like pace. Their latest outpost opens today at the much anticipated high end food court Berg'n in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood. I'm still looking for their phone number. www.mightyquinnsbbq.com

  • Bentley's Famous BBQ (Tyngsboro MA) is a month old joint that leans more to the infamous, if its Yelp reviews are to be believed. Now closed! www.bentleysfamousbbq.com

  • State Street Saloon (New London CT) is a year-old joint with not much info available other than that the evolutionary War-era downtown building once housed New London's first print shop. I've since learned that the all-you-can-eat ribs and wings deal is no longer offered, that the wings are smoked and that there's a vegetarioan chili on the menu, which is not posted on their Facebook page. Thanks to Zeke and Brad for scouting. Facebook

  • Antonina's Kitchen (Orange MA) is an outdoor patio joint that's "open as long as it is not raining." There's no website and no menu per se on their Facebook page, but a little ferreting reveals that pork ribs, pulled pork and brisket are all on offer, as is stuffed cabbage, and a photo of the smoker is promising. Thanks to Mark for the lead. Facebook

  • Northern Bell (Brooklyn NY) is a new, mostly Southern joint in Williamsburg that dabbles in the smoky arts. It very briefly marked the resurfacing of Frank Davis, previously of Beast of Bourbon. They have since parted ways. www.northernbellny.com

 

 

CLOSINGS

  • Big Fatty's BBQ (Burlington VT) has a recorded message saying, "we are taking another customer's order or are out of the office." Trust me, it's the latter, as the joint is vacant and where the sign once hung is bare plywood. They've been closed about a month and a half now, according to a van driver of the Big Fatty's that's still open in Hartford VT.

  • BBQ New (Manchester NH) never got a chance to get old, as they closed up shop less than three months after opening. And this in the summer, across the street from a minor league baseball stadium.

  • Mrs Jones (Dorchester MA) is closed. Thanks to Marc at Boston's Hidden Restaurants for bringing this to my attention. There's always a chance that this is temporary, since Mrs Jones was never one to dabble in modern conveniences such as the internet or social media, and has taken a hiatus or two in the past. Here's hoping. But any reports that speculate such are mere speculation.

  • 3 Guys Basement BBQ (Hanover NH) closed a week and a half ago, coincidentally just two days after I posted a review update for them that could hardly be called an endorsement. It seemed like they made more tweaks to the pricing (higher) than they did to the quality (lower).

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

  • Southern Style Barbeque (Worcester MA) is closed temporarily (it's been about two weeks now) "for remodeling." They're another joint without a website or any use of social media, so there's no way to inquire just how temporary. They do know how to use a computer, as they have proven very adept at locating photographs of barbecue from other Northeast barbecue joints and adding them to their menu as if they were their own.

 

 

 

 

 

(08/25/14)

Boston's Perfect BBQ Meal (Unabridged)

 

As some of you have noticed, I contributed to a barbecue article and had my own sidebar article (sidebarticle?) for last Sunday's Boston Globe Magazine. As part of its 10-page spread on the 10 Best BBQ Joints in Boston, the Globe asked me to select a composite "perfect BBQ meal" using various meats and sides from different barbecue joints throughout the area. I envisioned multiple rib and brisket entrants, runners up for each category and the full gamut of barbecue standards and the not-so-standard—from pulled pork to pork belly, beef brisket to beef ribs to beef chili. Unfortunately, space constraints prevailed, so the piece wound up restricted to three meats. The other constraint was a suggestion—not an iron clad rule—that I spread the wealth around.

 

So in this space I'll do an expanded version. But first, a few disclaimers before launching into the full listing.

 

First off: consistency. Boston area joints have had their moments, and some have been spectacular, but they're a rollercoaster ride of ever changing quality and freshness levels. So these picks are for right now. Had I made the selections a month ago or a month from now, they'd be different.

 

And secondly, about that Perfect Meal photo in the Globe—I can already hear some of you saying that some of that food doesn't look so perfect. It's true, but that's less related to disclaimer #1 and more related to the photography process: instead of capturing the food as served at each joint, the Globe obtained it, took it back to Boston, staged it and only then did they shoot it. From an artistic standpoint and for 90% of the public, that works just fine. For the barbecue sniffer-outers, it might not look so good.

 

But enough of the technical mumbo jumbo, let's get on with the list. I'll go appetizers first, then entree meats, then sides.

 

See the unabridged version of Boston's Perfect BBQ Meal

 

 

 

 

 

(08/22/14)

Barbecuerankings.com: the PigTrip Interview

Barbecuerankings.com is a new website that chronicles Johnny Fugitt's cross country tour of the country's best 'cue in an attempt to hit 365 barbecue restaurants in 365 days and determine the 100 best for his upcoming book The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America. Naturally, I took great interest not only in his findings for Northeast barbecue joints such as BT's Smokehouse, Salvage BBQ and Redbones, but also in his process.

 

Image courtesy bbqrakings.com - used with permission.

 

See the PigTrip Interview with Johnny Fugitt of barbecuerankings.com

 

See Johnny's Interview with Me on barbecuerankings.com

 

 

 

 

 

(08/20/14)

Vermont BBQ: Bluebird BBQ Reviewed

The site's 317th review is for Bluebird Barbecue (Burlington VT), a barbecue joint I've had on my radar for a while. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Bluebird BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

(08/15/14)

New Hampshire BBQ: 3 Guys Re-reviewed

Here's a review update for 3 Guys Basement BBQ (Hanover NH), a subterranean joint just steps from Dartmouth College. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my updated review of 3 Guys Basement BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

(08/09/14)

Massachusetts BBQ: Meadowbrook Orchards Thursday Night BBQ Reviewed

We're in the midst of summer, so no better time for a visit to a seasonal outdoor barbecue offering (and a once-a-week one at that) at a Central Massachusetts farm slightly north of Worcester. The site's 316th review is for Meadowbrook Orchards (Sterling MA), whose Thursday night barbecues combine outdoor cooking with outdoor scenery. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Meadowbrook Orchards

 

 

 

 

 

(08/01/14)

PigTrip is Eight Years Old Today

Today PigTrip turns eight. As per the plan, the frequency of output continued to lose altitude, but PigTrip is still very much airborne, with 28 new barbecue reviews, 3 barbecue review updates and 14 burger reviews over the past twelve months—down from 31, 8 and 18 in the previous twelve months. In the year ahead, I vow once again to nail the reviews with fewer visits while still basing them on enough "data" to be fair and thorough.

 

 

 

 

 

(07/28/14)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning

three states. This time there are four new joints, one expansion, two closings, one location change and one name change.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Bear's Smokehouse (Windsor CT) expands to a second, larger location in Hartford, opening today. They say running your own barbecue joint is living the dream. Running your own barbecue joint and hanging out with Danica Patrick and having the company represents pay you to expand your business? Now that's really living the dream. Thanks to Zeke and Jamie for the info. www.bearsbbq.com

  • Causeway (Boston MA) has finally opened across from the Bobby Orr statue near Boston Garden (sorry, that's what I'll always call it), bringing you two floors of barbecue possibilities with a bar on each level. The pitmaster is Ruben Garza, a Blue Ribbon ex-pat. Thanks to Geoff and Don for ongoing info on this as it progressed. Facebook

  • Orleans Bowling Center (Orleans MA) is a bowling alley that offers barbecue smoked onsite. Thanks to Mark for the lead and to Steven for alerting me that the barbecue outfit is Big Dog BBQ. www.orleansbowlingcenter.com

  • All Fired Up (Deep River CT) is a roadside operation slinging 'cue "at various locations along the Connecticut Shoreline." Check their website for details. Thanks to both Zeke and Michelle. www.allfiredupct.com

  • Off the Tracks (Andover CT) is a new barbecue trailer with a BBQ-focused menu, Hosmer sodas and a praiseworthy horseradish barbecue sauce. Thanks again to Zeke for the lead.

 

 

CLOSINGS

  • Rodeo Bar (NYC) has closed.

  • Smokin' Jim's BBQ (Gloucester MA) has closed.

 

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

  • Randall's Barbecue (NYC) is an always-on-the-go outfit that is now based at Evelyn's Drinkery in Manhattan. Facebook

  • Dr. Frank 'n' Swine (Orleans CT) is still at the same place but has returned to its original name after operating under the name Surfing Swine. Thanks to Steven for the heads up.

 

 

 

(07/24/14)

Boston BBQ: Full Rack Smokehouse Reviewed

Scared of a gruesome looking rib joint in Revere? Not me. The site's 315th review is for Full Rack Smokehouse (Revere MA), a joint that claims it serves "the best BBQ food within 100 miles of Boston." Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Full Rack Smokehouse

 

 

 

 

(07/15/14)

Long Island BBQ: Smokin' Al's Re-reviewed

Finally, the most in-need-of-update review on the site gets a long overdue overhaul, this time with photos. It's for the popular and polarizing Smokin' Al's (Massapequa Park NY), a joint some call the best in the area and others call a has-been. Where do I stand? Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my updated review of Smokin' Al's

 

 

 

 

(06/30/14)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning

four states. This time there are five new joints, three expansions, one contraction, two closings, one name change and one new website.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Pete's Pig (Belgrade Lakes ME) is a catering outfit about 70 miles north of Portland that vends barbecue sandwiches and platters seven days a week in season. Thanks to Bill for the lead. www.petespig.com

  • Orland Market (Orland ME), about 120 miles north of Portland on the way to Bar Harbor, is a grocery store that for nearly a decade has sold ribs and barbecue fare from April through October, but only a few days a week. Thanks again to Bill for the lead.

  • Randall's Barbecue (NYC) is a roving outfit that as of this writing is slinging 'cue at Friends and Lovers (Brooklyn) and on weekends at the Hester Street Fair (Manhattan). Update: now at Evelyn's Drinkery in Manhattan. Facebook

  • Carnal (Brooklyn NY) is a new barbecue entrant at Smorgasburg, specializing in beef ribs. Thanks to Marty for the lead. Still looking for contact info.

  • Pizza Stop & BBQ (Ashland MA) is a pizza shop that recently added the "and BBQ" part. According to their website, the 'cue "has the flavor and the tenderness that can only be gotten from real wood and slow cooking, just like they do in Texas or Carolina," and that it will "wrap around your taste buds and won't let go." www.trypizzastop.com

  • Mighty Quinn's Barbeque (NYC) is on an expansion tear, adding a new Manhattan outpost earlier this month at Brookfield Place. Mighty Quinn's is part of Hudson Eats, an upscale dining terrace overlooking the Hudson River featuring fast-casual concepts from 14 chef-driven eateries. A similar "food court" concept in Brooklyn is also imminent. www.mightyquinnsbbq.com

  • Tres Carnes (NYC), speaking of expansion tears, now has an outpost in the Financial District. Soon they'll have tres paises. www.trescarnes.com

  • Mexicue (NYC) no longer has its Lower East side location but within the last few weeks opened a new second outpost in Times Square. www.mexicue.com

 

 

CLOSINGS

  • Mexicue (NYC) no longer has its Lower East side location but within the last few weeks opened a new second outpost in Times Square. www.mexicue.com

  • Slowpokes (Concord MA) has closed. Guess I was too much of a slowpoke getting out there, but the lunch-only operation wasn't an easy one to visit without a vacation day.

  • Kit Kat's Smoked BBQ (Pawcatuck CT) is now closed. Thanks to Jeff for the lead. Thanks to Bill for the lead.

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

  • House of Bones (Derby CT) is the new name of the former Smoke 'n' Bones. It's just a name change with new name reflected in the updated website URL; everything else from location to ownership to menu is the same. Thanks to Dan for the lead. www.houseofbonesbbq.com

  • Buenos Diaz Cafe (Woodbury NY) now has a website. Thanks to Greg for the info. www.buenosdiazbbq.com

 

 

 

 

 

(06/23/14)

Long Island BBQ: South Shore BBQ Reviewed

The Long Island reviews continue with the third of four from my recent trip. The site's 314th review is for South Shore BBQ Company (Patchogue NY), the former Canz space showcasing the return of pitmaster Will Breakstone (Willie B's) to Long Island barbecue. 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 South Shore BBQ Company

 

 

 

(06/11/14)

Long Island BBQ: Mara's Too Reviewed

The Long Island reviews continue with the second of four from my recent trip. The site's 313th review is for Mara's Too (Wantagh NY), a joint serving Cajun seafood and Arkansas barbecue. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Mara's Too

 

 

 

 

 

 

(06/09/14)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning

three states. This time there are five new joints, one expansion, two closings and one contraction.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Full Rack Smokehouse (Revere MA) is a dive bar serving smoked chicken and ribs, pizzas and grilled tips and sausages. Oh, and their website claims they serve "the best BBQ food within 100 miles of Boston." Thanks to Morris for the lead that took me a while to investigate. www.fullracksmokehouse.com

  • Q Smokin' Good Food (Springfield MA) is a 3-week old joint (5/19) with a noble claim: "Our meats are smoked low & slow in our Southern Pride smoker and all fixins and sweets (including our tea) are made from scratch with our own recipes." Groundbreaking, no. But encouraging, no? One of their appetizers is a "Cornbread Sundae" with pulled pork, cheddar, sour cream and scallions. Thanks to Mark for the lead. www.qsmokingoodfood.com

  • Southern Style Barbeque (Worcester MA) is a new joint that opened over the weekend. Their menu features ribs, pork, brisket and chicken, presented in a soulfood style.

  • Little Mark's Big BBQ (Vernon CT) expanded to a second location at a stripmall in Bloomfield. www.littlemarksbbq.com

  • Joe's Garage & Grill (Riverhead NY) offers an eclectic menu with the barbecue standards (ribs, pork, brisket), some barbecue derivatives and beyond-BBQ appeal (seared tuna, smoked turkey pot pies, smoked pork belly sliders, 5-cheese grilled cheese sandwich, braised shortribs with bacon, salads with chicken or shrimp). www.joesgarageandgrill.com

  • Chichimecas Mexican Restaurant (Farmingdale NY) features pages of Mexican classics, but if you page down to the end you'll find mesquite smoked pork ribs, pork chops, pulled pork and tinga (spicy pulled pork) with Mexican sides. www.chichimecasrestaurant.com

 

 

CLOSINGS

  • Fatty Cue (NYC) has closed. According to reports, some of the menu will be available at the Fatty Crab, a surviving sister restaurant in the Fatty empire that has shrunk in the wake of founder Zak Pelaccio's departure.

  • Uncle Willie's BBQ (Fairfield CT) has closed, but the West Haven and Symour locations are still open. www.unclewilliesbarbecue.com

  • RJ's Grub (Sunderland MA) is closed. Thanks to Bill for the lead.

 

 

 

 

(06/05/14)

Boston BBQ: Lilian's Smokin' Rack Reviewed

Warmer weather and a day off made it the right situation to try Lilian's Smokin' Rack (Boston MA), a barbecue food truck run by a transplanted Texan. Check out the site's 312th review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Lilian's Smokin' Rack

 

 

 

 

(06/03/14)

Long Island BBQ: Bobbique Re-reviewed

It's been a while since I've been down to Long Island, but I spent a couple days there last week, hitting four barbecue joints along the way. Here's an updated review for Bobbique (Patchogue NY), a joint that was new at the time I first reviewed it but is now one of the oldest. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my updated review of Bobbique

 

 

 

 

 

(05/30/14)

Massachusetts BBQ: Depot Grille Reviewed

The site's 311th barbecue review is for Depot Grille & Bar (Pepperell MA), a strip mall eatery whose barbecue cred I initially doubted when it was suggested to me by a reader years ago. Should I have trusted my first instinct? Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Depot Grille & Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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Ribs, pulled pork and brisket at Top of the Hill Grill, Brattleboro VT.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at State Park, Cambridge MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Firefly's Wings at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

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Babyback ribs at Brutopia, Cranston RI.

 

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Texas Rachel in a Skirt at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

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Wings at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.

 

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Ribs at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

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Smoked chicken at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

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

 

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Texas Rachel in a Skirt at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

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Brisket at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Ribs at Humo Smokehouse, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Ribs and brisket at BrisketTown, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Smoked jerk wings at the Mill at 185, W. Boylston MA.

 

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Hog's head at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Local 225. Bolton MA.

 

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Ribs at East Coast Grill, Cambridge MA.

 

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Ribs, pork belly, brisket and sausage at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Ribs, pulled pork and brisket at Causeway, Boston MA.

 

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Firefly's Wings at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

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Smoked wings at Brutopia, Cranston RI.

 

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Wet bone at East Coast Grill, Cambridge MA.

 

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Brisket at Bear's Smokehouse, Hartford CT.

 

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Ribs, sausage, turkey, pork and brisket at BrisketTown, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Brisket at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Pulled pork, brisket, chicken and sausage at Swingbellys, Long Beach NY.

 

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Babybacks at Brutopia, Cranston RI.

 

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Pork jowl (special) at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.

 

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Wings at Bear's Smokehouse, Hartford CT.

 

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

 

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Meat Coma platter (ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chili) at Salvage BBQ, Portland ME.

 

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Honey Chipotle wings at Binga's Wingas, Yarmouth ME.

 

click to view larger imageChipotle and Cajun smoked wings at Gideon's Smokehouse, Glastonbury CT.

 

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Babybacks and brisket at Po's Barbecue, Acton MA.

 

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Beef ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Wings at Hilltop BBQ Downtown, Manchester CT.

 

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Chicken at Chip Shots, Littleton MA.

 

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Smoked wings, sauced and unsauced, at the People's Pint, Greenfield MA.

 

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Ribs, burnt ends and pork belly at 3 Guys Basement BBQ, Hanover NH.

 

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Smoked wings at Bluebird BBQ, Burlington VT.

 

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Chopped pig sandwich at Prohibition Pig, Waterbury VT.

 

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

 

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Babybacks and pulled pork at Meadowbrook Orchards, Sterling MA.

 

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Rib tips at Causeway, Boston MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Causeway, Boston MA.

 

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Brisket sandwich at LaBrasa, Somerville MA.

 

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Smoked Korean wings at Causeway, Boston MA.

 

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Ribs and brisket at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

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Ribs and pulled pork at American BBQ, Rowley MA.

 

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

 

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Ribs and sausage at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Half chicken at SlowBones, Burlington MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Lester's, Burlington MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.

 

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Ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Brisket sandwich at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Red Eyed Pig, West Roxbury MA.

 

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Brisket and pork belly at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Wings at Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop MA.

 

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Ribs at Full Rack Smokehouse, Revere MA.

 

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Ribs at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Ribs and fried chicken at Southern Style Barbeque, Worcester MA.

 

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Babybacks at Chip Shots, Littleton MA.

 

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Brisket at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Firefly's (food truck), Marlborough MA.

 

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Babybacks and brisket at Po's Barbecue, Acton MA.

 

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Wings at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.

 

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Sausage at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

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Ribs and brisket at KC's Rib Shack, Manchester NH.

 

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Ribs at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.

 

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Ribs and brisket at Southern Style Barbeque, Worcester MA.

 

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Ribs at Southern Style Barbeque, Worcester MA.

 

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Brisket and ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.

 

 

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