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Joints Directory Madness, July 2017: "The Chain, Maine and CT/NJ Cleanup" Edition

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning seven states. This time there are nineteen new joints (or new to the site), including seven expansions, one collaboration from an existing joint, seventeen closings, four moves and two new website URLs.





  • Salt & Bone Smokehouse (Astoria NY) is a new Queens BBQ joint that's getting a lot of attention. The compact barbecue menu includes pork and beef ribs, pulled pork, Texas style brisket, Moroccan chicken, turkey, and homemade beef sausage in pork casing. Vegetarian fare is abundant, with smoked beets, a few different salads, broccoli, string beans, and multiple varieties of pickles.


  • Brother Jimmy's (New Haven CT) is the New York City barbecue mini chain that's continued its empire expansion northeastward, landing a spot in one of Connecticut's food meccas. The built-in-hedge—and one you'll likely use—is that it's just down the street from Louis Lunch, the birthplace of the burger.


  • Binga's Express (Windham ME) is the third location of the eateries in Portland and Yarmouth that major in wings and minor in barbecue. Although geared for takeout, there's a small bar and a few tables at which you can enjoy smoked wings, pulled pork and pastrami, along with finger foods designed for dipping into their signature sauces.


  • The Farm Bar & Grill (Kittery ME) isn't exactly a new entry, but it's new to the directory. The "comfort food with a Barbeque spin" that's well known in northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire also has an outpost in southern Maine.


  • Smokey B's Gin Mill (Ogunquit ME) is a new barbecue joint that opened around Memorial Day weekend in the building that also houses The Omelette Factory. Although the menu lists many of the standards, they're seemingly more about the drinks than the eats. But what better beer snack than a pulled pork infused cornbread muffin?


  • Gaskins Barbecue & Lobster (York ME) is a double threat at Short Sands Beach. Lobster is available a la carte, as standard and smoked lobster rolls, and in tacos, fries and mac and cheese. Smoker selections include the basic four plus sausage, sold by the pound (or rack) and in sandwiches. Thanks to Bill for the lead.


  • Fletcher's Brooklyn Barbecue (Brooklyn NY) just weeks ago added a new outpost at the new, much-discussed Dekalb Market Hall. The stripped-down menu includes ribs, rib tips, wings and three sandwiches. If the burnt ends aren't available as a special, or if you don't feel like trekking to the Manhattan original, know that the market also has a stand for Katz's Delicatessen.


  • Traveling Texas Smoke Shop (Laconia NH), in addition to a move (see below), has opened up a second location at the Weirs Beach piers. Meats include ribs, rib ends, chopped brisket, pulled pork, and chicken leg quarters. Facebook


  • Cask & Pig Kitchen & Alehouse (North Dartmouth MA) is, as the website says, "a New England style gastropub with an eclectic menu influenced by southern barbeque, Portuguese cuisine and local favorites." So it's not quite a barbecue joint, but they do have babyback ribs, pulled pork, pork belly buns, pulled pork pizza, an apple cider braised pork shank, and a smoked double cut pork chop.


  • Smokin' Betty's BBQ & Bar (Salem MA) is a new barbecue joint by the owners of Gulu-Gulu Cafe and Flying Saucer Pizza Company elsewhere in town. The dinner-only (for now) restaurant boasts a funky interior that's as much of a draw as the wood-smoked meats. Brick walls: check. Reclaimed wood: check. Unusual artwork: check. Tin hightops: check. Lounge chairs: check. Communal seating: check. Outdoor seating: check. Vintage blowling shuffleboard: check. As for the smoked meats: the ribs are babybacks, the sausage is boudin, the other usual suspects (brisket, pulled pork and smoked chicken are also onboard, and the sauces come in six different varieties. Oh, and they have smoked seitan for the vegetarian crowd.


  • Johnny's BBQ (Greenville RI) recently opened on Putnam Pike (Route 44) at Powdermill Creamery. They keep things simple with babybacks, pulled pork, brisket, wings, and grilled cheese sandwiches with brisket or burnt ends. They're currently open only on Fridays (dinner), Saturdays (lunch and dinner) and Sundays (lunch and dinner). Thanks to Eric for the lead. Facebook


  • Crescent Beach Smoke Shack (Niantic CT) is a beachside converted residence with both deck and indoor seating. Since the end of May they've been serving three meals a day, seven days a week, with barbecue just one of the highlights. New Yorkers may remember Pete Daversa, onetime pitmaster of Hill Country; locals may remember him from the earliest days of Taino Smokehouse (Middletown CT). Meats are smoked around the back in a Myron Mixon smoker.


  • Reilly's Rib Cage (Bergenfield NJ) is a recent addition to the area across the river from Yonkers. You gotta love their motto: "The sauce is on the side because we have nothing to hide!" A very focused menu includes pork ribs, beef ribs, brisket, pork, smoked chicken, smoked wings and jalapeño cheddar sausage and beef ribs, sold mostly by the pound, rack and bird. But the most anticipated item there might be the bacon wrapped brisket jalapeño poppers.


  • Bluff City BBQ (Montclair NJ) is a new joint in a barbecue-familiar burg offering "The Taste of Memphis with a Touch of Soul."


  • Queens Bully (Queens NY) is a new joint proving that one man's international bizarre is another man's international bazaar. The menu features pizza, Korean wings, Mexican style corn, Medierranean mezze, and some Italian and seafood in addition to smoked half chickens and babyback ribs. The kitchen has both a smoker and a tandoor oven. Thanks to Mark for the lead. Facebook


  • Cook and the Bear (West Hartford CT) is a collaboration between Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford, Windsor) and Millwright's (nearby Simsbury). The upscale approach to barbecue features the usual suspects (ribs, pork, brisket, chicken) scaled to $9.50 portions, plus pastrami, kielbasa, burnt ends sliders and smoked beets. Although many items are also offered at Bear's, the cuts and/or recipes are completely new at this venture.


  • Kimchi Smoke (Westwood NJ and Montclair NJ) are new shops of the Korean/barbecue fusion joint that started as a roving pop-up outfit and later occupied digs in Bergenfield that now serve as the home of Reilly's Rib Cage. On Fridays and Saturdays, Kimchi Smoke's specialty is the "Chonut": smoked brisket, smoked kimchi, bacon, cheese and scallions with barbecue sauce on a glazed donut.


  • The Coop (Millbury MA) is a very new joint just off Route 146 whose barbecue offerings are not just limited to chicken, though the wings are what they seem to be marketing most. Thanks to Carol for the lead.





  • Beast of Bourbon (Brooklyn NY) has closed. I could rattle off a bunch of theories, contrast the pitmasters or recap visits both good and bad, but in the end, another one with ups and downs has gone down for the count. Thanks to Matt for the lead.

  • Wolf Cave (Brooklyn NY) has closed.

  • You Got Smoked (Ridgewood NY) is a food truck that's apparently now off the road.

  • Rock and Roll Rib Joint (Medfield MA) has closed.

  • Ol' West BBQ (Annandale NJ) has closed.

  • Smokey Joe's Tex-Mex BBQ (Teaneck NJ) has closed. A loss for kosher barbecue, but others have sprung up in their wake (not that kosher types have wakes).

  • Blind Boar BBQ (Norwood NJ) has closed.

  • Bill's BBQ (Avenel NJ) has closed.

  • Blue Bayou BBQ (clark NJ) has been closed a good year and a half.

  • City BBQ (Linden NJ) has apparently closed based on phone non-response, so I'm graying them out.

  • Memphis Pig Out (Atlantic Highlands NJ) has closed.

  • Billy's Southern BBQ (Bethel CT) is done.

  • Southern Hospitality (New Haven CT) has closed.

  • State Street Saloon (New London CT) has closed.

  • Smokey's Char Grill (Hamden CT) has apparently closed.

  • Smoke Box BBQ (Hamden CT) is closed.

  • The Original Smokey Goodness (Barrington NH) has closed.





  • Traveling Texas Smoke Shop (Meredith NH) has moved its non-beach setup to a new location. Facebook

  • Morrell's (Stoughton MA), a one-time barbecue trailer, has moved its operation just down the street to a full-fledged restaurant that offers full service and entertainment.

  • Ricky D's Rib Shack (New Haven CT) has moved from Derby and upgraded from mobile operation to brick-and-mortar joint.

  • Rib House (East Haven CT) has moved closer to the center of town and has a new phone number.

  • Fink's Smokehouse (Dumont NJ) has a website:

  • The Bayou Smokehouse (Groton CT) once again has a website:








Joints Directory Madness, May 2017

The joints, they keep on comin'. Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning five states. This time there are eleven new joints (or new to the site), four expansions, two closings, one looming closing and no Oxford commas.





  • Shed's Smoked BBQ (Boston MA) is a new counter-service joint in Boston's Downtown Crossing area. As of now, it's open for lunch only, weekdays only, so the parking is tough, but it's walkable from public transportation. The meats cover the basics, with sides (in the cafeteria line) and sauce options (in squeeze bottles at the end of the line) diverse and creative. Too many alerted me to this to mention names, but I appreciate all the leads.



  • Daddy O's BBQ & Sports Bar (Staten Island NY) is an outer borough institution that's expanded and contracted a few times; this is the new second location on Bay Street in Tomkinsville. It opened in April, so the liquor license may still be pending, but if so you can grab a brew at Flagship Brewing Co.


  • Travelin' Bones (Worcester MA) is a food truck with a new semi-regular spot on Sunderland Road (they're no longer on Lincoln Street) and short-term stints at varying locations announced on their website calendar. Thanks to the kitchen crew at BT's (Sturbridge MA) for the lead.


  • CC&D's Kitchen Market (Keene NH) is a Tuesday-through-Thursday operation by "Charcoal Charlie" Pini and Denise Meadows, who bring competition experience (and many competition wins) to the proceeds. The barbecue market offers prepared meals, snacks, beverages, local food and gift items during the three mid-week days, then is a home base for catering pickup on the weekends. The menu is typically sandwich-focused during lunchtime, then kicks in with ribs and a fuller complement of barbecue classics for 4pm-to-6pm "Suppah." Thanks to Denise for the info.


  • Gotta Q Smokehouse (Cumberland RI) has opened a second location a Shell station food court.


  • Revenge BBQ (Irvington NY) is a recent brick-and-mortar opening of a former pop-up that serves Texas style brisket, beef ribs, sausage (from Kreuz Market), turkey and unsauced "triple threat pork." It's another husband-and-wife operation. Local response has been good. Thanks to Mark for the lead.


  • Southbound BBQ (Chestnut Ridge NY) is a new entry to the Hudson Valley area just west of the Hudson and just north of New Jersey. Beyond the basics, the interesting comfort food menu features alligator bites, smoked bacon-wrapped meatloaf, jalapeño cheddar wild boar bratwurst, chili, gumbo, naked wings and... wait for it... Louisiana latkes. Thanks again to Mark for the lead.


  • The Village Grill Co. (Damariscotta ME) is a good truck permanently parked on Biscay Road east of Route 1. The menu features s mix of barbecue (ribs, pork, brisket, chicken, sausage)  and seafood (haddock, shrimp, scallops, clams), along with homemade fries and rings. Thanks to TF for the lead. Facebook


  • Delta Blues BBQ (Saco ME) is a roadside operation with a wood burning drum smoker and a few shaded picnic tables. Beyond the ribs, pulled pork and chicken are burgers, dogs and hand cut russet potato chips. Facebook


  • The BBQ Pit (Lewiston ME) brings Alabama style barbecue to one of Maine's larger cities, within steps of a shopping center and not too far from Bates College.


  • Butcher Bar Smokehouse (NYC) is a very recent Manhattan expansion - Lower East Side, to be exact - of the popular eatery in Astoria. Their signature meat, featured prominently on their website, is the "meat candy" more commonly known as burnt ends. There's an additional expansion at the LIC Flea in Long Island City.


  • Craft House (Staten Island NY) is a gastropub with a beer garden, an interesting barbecue menu where plates come with potato rolls, and plenty of non-barbecue (fried chicken, chicken and waffles, burgers) and vegetarian items (house-made veggie burger, a few salads) to keep the dissenters satisfied.


  • Bad Piggy BBQ (Latham NY) is a new fast-food entrant to the greater Albany barbecue scene. They keep things simple with just four meats and four sides; you can get the boneless ones in sandwiches or burritos. It's in an area that already has more than its share of barbecue joints, so the competition could help. Or hurt. Facebook


  • Mason Jar BK (Brooklyn NY) is an expansion of the Mason Jar in Manhattan. The space is large, the libations menu is deep, and the food is served in mini cast iron pans. www.masonjarny


  • Fat Pig (NYC) is a new barbecue joint that's similar to Brooklyn's Fette Sau, and not in name only ("Fette Sau" is "Fat Pig" in German). The display case, the meats-by-the-pound, the German style sausage (in addition to ribs, pulled pork and brisket) and the hipster vibe are all evocative. Early reports are very positive. Thanks again to TF for the lead.





  • Pig Out BBQ (Rotterdam NY) has closed. Thanks to Ron for the lead.


  • North Country BBQ (Schenectady NY) has closed. Thanks again to Ron for the lead.




  • Rock and Roll Rib Joint (Medfield MA) has announced that it'll be closing after its final service on May 27, with the possibility of a new location down the road.





Joints Directory Madness, March 2017

It's been a while, but there's been too much happening lately to not do a long overdue update. Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning all eight Directory states. This time there are seventeen new joints (or new to the site), one reopening, twenty-one closings and seven website address changes. And this time some of the biggest names in Northeast barbecue are included, for better or for worse.





  • Durk's Bar-B-Q (Providence RI) is new joint within a stone's throw of Brown University that has a hipster vibe, a mix of waiter and cafeteria service, and a strong rub that impacts every meat (babybacks, brisket, pork, chicken leg quarters, sausage and pork belly). Thanks to Mark, Ken and Eric for separate leads.


  • Sonny's True BBQ (NYC) is a midtown Manhattan barbecue joint that spun off from relative newcomer Sammy's; it's unknown whether the name change was done because it's a new entity or because they're avoiding association. For those who remember the introduction of Sammy's several months ago, here's another disassociation: opening pit master "Big Lou" Elrose hasn't been involved for a while.


  • The Pig & Queen (Rockville Center NY) is a Long Island barbecue joint that's filled the void left by the closing of Smoking Rib last fall. Menu highlights include a bone-in pork shank. Thanks to Chuck for the lead.


  • Charlie T's Barbecue (Seekonk MA) is billing itself as "The Providence area's best BBQ." They're located at Firefly Golf Course at the former Luxury Box location and they use a wood pellet smoker. The diverse menu boasts three kinds of pork ribs, beef ribs, pulled pork, brisket, turkey, sausage, smoked chicken salad, fried wings, corn dogs, burgers, steak tips, meatloaf, chili, a few seafood dishes and plenty of vegetarian sides. A downstairs area has a dozen pool tables. Thanks to Steve for the tip.


  • Battle Road Brewing Company (Maynard MA) combines the age old passions of beer and barbecue under one roof in Maynard’s historic Clock Tower Mill. Smoked meat offerings have the basics (ribs, pork, brisket, chicken)covered, plus steak tips, turkey, sausage, corn dogs, wings, steak tips, five different salads, seven different burgers, footlongs, bratwurst and seafood. I'm looking forward to the pepper jack biscuits. Thanks to Steve and Marty for separate leads.


  • Hoppy's BBQ (Peabody MA) is a new joint that evolved from backyard barbecues and pig roasts served to growing audiences, cooked on a homemade smoker. The compact menu features smoked wings, thighs, pork shoulder, pork ribs, brisket and burgers.


  • H 'Cue Texas BBQ (Derby CT) is a very recent (February opening) addition that's serving meats by the pound smoked over post oak and pecan. Included are the usual suspects, plus beef tri-tip, beef short ribs, sausage, turkey and burnt ends chili. Thanks again to Michelle for the lead.


  • DrewbaQ Food Truck (Mobile) is a barbecue food truck servicing stretches of Connecticut from New Haven to the New York border and beyond. Thanks to Michelle for the lead.


  • The Crispy Pig (Sea Cliff NY) is a new Long Island joint that defines itself more with its innovative, smoker-influenced comfort food than barbecue, but the menu also includes pulled pork and ribs.


  • Stuey's Smokehouse BBQ (Locust Valley NY) is a new barbecue entry to Long Island's north shore, with lunchtime-only hours and barbecue journeyman Bob Devine manning the pits. Thanks to Chuck and Sledneck for separate leads.


  • Bronx Alehouse (da Bronx, NY) is a new, beer-focused joint that lets you know on its website what's on tap, how much is left, and what's on deck to be tapped next. An interesting rewards program gets you 50% off beers on Wednesday nights after you've tried 100 different varieties there. Barbecue selections are limited to ribs and pulled pork (along with pulled pork wonton nachos), but according to a mole, they have a smoker. Fried-then-grilled wings are prepared jerk style, candied, "Angry" (Gochujang sauce), traditional and Thai. Thanks to again Sledneck for the lead.


  • The Cue (Danbury CT) bills itself as "an upscale BBQ joint," featuring entrees like pork five ways (pulled, skin, belly, babybacks and loin).


  • Brick and Ash (Newburyport MA) is new joint near the seacoast by the same ownership as The Cottage (Wellesley and Newton). Thanks to Bill for the lead.  


  • Precinct 10 (Weymouth MA) is a swanky interpretation of barbecue by the Hynes Restaurant Group, who also own the Inn at Bay Pointe (Quincy MA) and Stockholders (South Weymouth MA). Precinct 10, named for owner Kevin Hynes's past as a Weymouth police officer, bills itself as "a modern take on an early 1900s Prohibition-era speakeasy. Vintage fixtures, dim lighting and plush velvet seating meet upbeat music, matching music videos and a full spectrum of modern-day entertainment." Thanks to Blair for the lead.


  • Goodstuff Smokehouse (Blackstone MA) is a restaurant offshoot of the former food truck by the same name in Uxbridge. The double-barreled smoker churns out the usual ribs, pork and brisket, plus turkey breast, homemade sausage and bacon, burnt ends and pastrami. Thanks to David for the lead.


  • Pink Pig (Warren RI and Jamestown RI) are the newly-named joints that have replaced Preppy Pig BBQ at those same locations. There's a story behind the story: evidently, there's been an ownership break-up; one of the owners is behind this new venture and the other will be resurfacing later this year under the original Preppy Pig name. Thanks to Eric and Preppy Pig owner Patrick for separate leads.


  • East Coast Grill (Cambridge MA) has reopened under new ownership (the folks behind nearby Highland Kitchen). Once again, barbecue is secondary to the seafood offerings, but the barbecue menu (spare ribs, pulled pork, brisket) is similar to what it was a year ago right before they closed. For what it's worth, so is the execution.





  • BrisketTown (Brooklyn NY), closed its Williamsburg location last weekend. The reason: the building will be leveled and become the site of a new development. As for a future development for BrisketTown, or more specifically parent entity Delaney Barbecue: Owner Daniel Delaney promises a new location that will still offer barbecue but feature a Southern menu more geared for repeat visits by the locals. Thanks to Ethan, Mark and Chuck for separate leads.


  • Mason Dixon Smokehouse (Stamford CT) has reportedly closed after just a few turbulent months in business that saw the departure of opening pitmaster Nestor Laracuente in early 2017 and the departure of the smokers shortly thereafter.


  • SoulFire (Boston MA and Allston MA) has closed both locations. This is a joint that never got its due for being the best in Boston for several years. Pitmaster Jason Tremblay has resurfaced north of Boston at Horseshoe Grill in Reading.


  • MexiBBQ (NYC) has closed both its Manhattan and Queens locations, though there's a promise to return on their Facebook page. Thanks to Dave forthe lead.  


  • Preppy Pig (Warren RI and Jamestown RI) has vanished, becoming Pink Pig under different ownership as mentioned above. Thanks to Dave, patrick and Eric for separate leads.


  • Sons of Shephanies (Norwood MA) has closed.  


  • Brother Jimmy's (Garden City NY) closed its Roosevelt Field Mall location. Thanks again to Chuck for the lead.


  • Sawmill Pizzeria & Smokehouse (Dracut MA) has closed. Thanks to Dave for the lead.


  • New England Country Market & Smokehouse (Haverhill MA) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.


  • Depot Grill & Bar (Pepperell MA) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.


  • Lady C&J Soul Food (Brockton MA) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.


  • Hank's Down South (Narragansett RI) has closed. Thanks to Dave for the lead.


  • Cider House BBQ (Waterbury VT) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.


  • Hillbilly's Southern BBQ (North Conway NH) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.


  • Screaming Boar BBQ (Littleton NH) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.


  • The Millers BBQ (East Hampton NY) has closed. Thanks to Dave for the lead.


  • Little Mark's Big Barbecue (Bloomfield CT) has closed, though the original in Vernon Rockville is still open. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.


  • Will Morton's Rotisserie (Greenwich CT) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.


  • Taste of Smoke BBQ (Jackson NJ) has closed. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.






  • Two Jerks BBQ (Raynham MA) now has a website. Thanks to Dave for the info.


  • Rivershed (Scituate MA) now has its own website rather than a spin-off ofthe place it took over. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.


  • Wagon Train BBQ (Schenectady NY) has a new web URL. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.



  • Big Fatty's BBQ (White River Junction VT) has a new web URL. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.


  • Amy Ruth's (NYC) has a new web URL. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.


  • Crazy Dave's BBQ (Ellsworth ME) has a new web URL. Thanks again to Dave for the lead.






Joints Directory Madness: the Londonderry Edition

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning five states. This time there are seven new joints (or new to the site) and two closings, including one contraction.





  • Mason Dixon Smokehouse (Stamford CT) is the latest effort from well traveled NYC pitmaster Nestor Laracuente. The downtown Stamford restaurant features meats by the pound that include the usual suspects, plus turkey, pork belly, smoked wings and two kinds of sausage.


  • Gabi's Smokeshack (Londonderry NH) is a longtime mobile operation familiar to attendees of food truck festivals and Harley events; now they've setup a full-time takeout joint. Thanks to both Jeff and Lowell for separate leads.


  • Hickory Stix BBQ (Londonderry NH) is a food truck with a regular lunch schedule in Londonderry and varying special appearances elsewhere in the Manchester area. The menu includes breakfast sandwiches in addition to the barbecue staples. Thanks again to Lowell for the lead.


  • Sagamore Beach BBQ (Sagamore Beach MA) is a brick and mortar restaurant on Cape Cod by BBQ Mike and BBQ Wife, regulars on the local competition circuit. It features local flavors (cranberry and blueberry barbecue sauces), interesting sides (fried cabbage with bacon) and numerous vessels (bulkie roll, wrap, slider rolls, tacos). Thanks to Sully for the lead.


  • Main House BBQ (Brooklyn NY) is a kosher barbecue joint, opened in early November,  that pays homage to a group of friends and their time spent in the Catskills. As expected, it's closed on Saturdays, but a Friday lunch service is offered, as well as parking. Thanks to Mark, Chuck and Marty for separate leads.


  • BBQ Barn (Kittery ME) is a joint open seven days a week from late morning until just before dinner time. The menu is a mix of burgers, dogs, a lobster roll, baby backs, and sandwiches of pulled pork, pulled chicken and brisket.


  • Chub's Blue Pig BBQ (Attleboro MA) is a husband-and-wife catering outfit selling takeout barbecue in select Sundays as they await their future brick and mortar location. Menu items so far have included ribs, brisket, pulled pork and a few different types of wings. Thanks to a different Mark for the lead. 





  • Memphis Joe's (Weymouth MA) has closed. 


  • American Barbecue (Beverly MA) has closed, but the original location in Rowley MA is still open.  









Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are five new joints (or new to the site), six closings, one contraction, one move and one website change.





  • Willie Jewell's Old School BBQ (Nashua NH), the northernmost outpost of a southern-based barbecue chain, opened last Saturday on one of Nashua's busiest roads. I'm not generally high on chains, but the appearance of the space, the efficiencywith which it was built and the compactness of the menu (basic four plus sausage and turkey) are all good signs. At the very least, the next "Best of Nashua BBQ" awards by local rags will be based on more than one place for a change. I'll be in soon enough to make an assessment. Thanks to Marty and Jaclyn for separate leads.


  • The Porch (Wakefield MA) is a Southern joint that's been around a while, but it's quietly and gradually done what others have done in reverse: morph from primarily Southern (fried chicken is the focus) to what could reasonably be considered a barbecue joint. Pulled pork is still the only guaranteed barbecue item, but pork ribs, lamb ribs, chicken thighs and brisket have become so common as daily specials that you're almost guaranteed to find at least one of them on any given day. Additionally, they've upgraded the barbecue firepower (literally) with a new smoker.


  • Streaking Moose BBQ (Queensbury NY) they recently opened Hudson Valley barbecue addition not too far from Lake George. Beyond the usual ribs, pulled pork and brisket, Streaking Moose offers chicken four ways (grilled, smoked, pulled, wings), barbecue chili and bacon-wrapped "Beef Bombs."


  • Handsome Devil (Newburgh NY) is another Hudson Valley addition, though it's been around a few years, hidden in the second floor of the Ice Time Sports Complex.


  • Pik Nik (Tarrytown NY) is a new Westchester County barbecue joint that's quickly established a favorable reputation within the area. They offer the basic four, plus sausage, smoked wings and rotating blackboard specials such as beef back ribs. Oh, and even if you're not into barbecue (or not even a carnivore), their deep roster of 14 sides should have you covered. Facebook






  • Daddy O's To Go (Staten Island NY) has closed its New Dorp satellite location, though the original sports bar concept on Androvette Street is still open and thriving. Owner Greg Fosdal is now focused on another expansion in Tompkinsville: a 10,000 square foot operation on Bay Street next to Flagship Brewing Company. 


  • Lillian's Smokin' Rack BBQ (Boston MA) has apparently been off the road for more than a year. It's always tough to tell with food trucks, especially since this one still maintains a Facebook page, so there's a chance it may be just a temporary lull. Thanks to Steven for some intel on this.


  • Cast Iron Soul (Hamden CT) has closed.


  • Smokin' Spokes BBQ (Canton CT) has closed.


  • Road Trip (Port Jefferson Station NY) has closed.  


  • Smokin' Rib (Rockville Centre NY) has closed. Thanks to Chuck for the alert.   


  • Tres Carnes (NYC), the barbecue equivalent of Chipotle concept, has closed both its Second Avenue and Third Avenue locations, leaving only its original Sixth Avenue location.  .






  • Bear's Smokehouse (Hartford CT and Windsor CT) has effectively moved its Hartford operation around the corner, closing its Arch Street location last week and opening October 14 at 25 Front Street, near Ted's Montana Grill.







Hudson Valley BBQ: Bull & Barrel Reviewed

The site's 350th barbecue review and my second review from the "Albany trilogy" is for Bull & Barrel (Latham NY), a barbecue joint right around the corner from the Albany International Airport. Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.



See my review of capital Bull & Barrel










Chain "BBQ": Smoked Wings at Hooters

While I don't make a practice of reviewing chains, there have been some occasional chain offerings over the years (such as the McRib) that demand a look and demand a report. Such is the case with Hooters Smoked Wings. The national chain has introduced hickory smoked wings in three of its Northeast locations, so without further ado, my in-depth findings.



See my review of Hooters smoked wings








Hudson Valley BBQ: Capital Q Reviewed

The site's 349th barbecue review is for Capital Q Smokehouse (Albany NY), a barbecue joint considered to be the best in New York state's Capital Region. Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.



See my review of capital Q Smokehouse








Long Island BBQ: LI Pour House Reviewed

The site's 348th barbecue review is for LI Pour House (Port Jefferson Station NY), a barbecue joint with a unique beer program. Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.



See my review of LI Pour House









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Smoked wings at HooDoo Brown Barbeque, Rudgefield CT.


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