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

 

 

 

Recent Features:

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Causeway Opening Near

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Dinosaur Stamford CT

Danielle Niles interview

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Recent BBQ Reviews:

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)

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:

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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(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.

 

 

 

 

 

(12/27/14)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning three states. This time there are four new joints (one in the same spot as a closing), one expansion, one relocation and six closings.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Slide BBQ (Maspeth NY) is a Queens joint that, yes, does feature sliders. But there's a full array of barbecue includes two kinds of ribs, pulled pork, brisket "smo-fried" wings, "bacon-wrapped bacon" and some interesting meat-accented cocktails. Thanks to both Robert and Gary for the lead. www.slidebarbqmaspeth.com

  • Lady C and J Soul Food (Brockton MA) is a newish soul food joint that's come to my attention through its recent Groupon ads. They offer ribs among their classic soul food selections, and yes, the ownership calls it a barbecue joint, so it's in. www.ladycjsoulfood.com

  • Twins Barbecue (Wappingers Falls NY) is the recently-opened dream of Alaska-born, Carolina-raised Shawn "Billy Bob" Harlow. The menu is compact, with the basic four plus smoked wings and bacon. www.twinsbarbecue.com

  • Bear's Smokehouse (Windsor CT) has opened its newer solo Windsor location, no longer sharing space with other businesses. They also have a Hartford location that opened earlier this year. www.bearsbbq.com

  • Brother Jimmy's BBQ (White Plains NY) has continued its beyond-the-city expansion with a location in Westchester County. www.brotherjimmys.com

  • PBQ Smokehouse BBQ (Bronx NY) is a relatively new outer boroughs joint with a full bar. The website doesn't say much about the menu, but the ribs are smoked and hung vertically while doing so. www.pbqsmokehouse.com

 

 

CLOSINGS

  • BBQ Red (Wappingers Falls NY) closed last May. In that same location now is Twins BBQ.

  • Smokehouse Tavern (Lowell MA), previously known as Village Smokehouse, changed into Big A's Kitchen around late summer. There's no barbecue on the menu, but based on the signage all three businesses appear to be intertwined.

  • Ember Room (New York, NY) is now closed, though not too recently. I'll miss the chocolate ribs and the edamame, but most of all I'll miss the hyper-posed I'm-too-sexy-for-my-restaurant photos of chef Todd English on the website.

  • Barbeque Bill's (Greenpoint NY) is another Long island closing. Thanks to Robert for the lead.

  • RRQ (New Rochelle NY, also known as Double R Q) has "ceased operations and has closed," according to a late October post on its Facebook page.

  • Route 7 Grill (Great Barrington MA) is no more. Fans of the local sourcing and the chef's cooking can take solace in the news that the renamed PS Bistro has been sold to the Route 7 Chef Christophe Jalbert.
     

 

 

 

 

 

(12/23/14)

Boston Burgers: Retro Burger Reviewed

Holiday season usually sees an uptick in the burger reviews, so here's a quick one for Retro Burger (Arlington MA), a throwback joint (guess you could see that coming') that managed to get a juicy burger despite overcooking it. Is that enough?

See my burger review for Retro Burger

 

 

 

 

(12/19/14)

Massachusetts BBQ: Po's Ribs and Barbecue Re-reviewed

Another review update, this time for Po's Ribs and Barbecue (Acton MA), a different take on the smoky arts by former owners of a Chinese restaurant. 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 Po's Ribs and Barbecue

 

 

 

 

 

(12/15/14)

Massachusetts BBQ: The American Barbecue Re-reviewed

Another review update and another that bridges an eight year gap takes a fresh look at The American Barbecue (Rowley MA), a north-of-Boston red cabin that's been serving barbecue longer than most. 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 the American Barbecue

 

 

 

 

 

 

(12/13/14)

Chain Ribs: A Look at Friday's Rib Flights

What do you do when you're stuck in a chain you can't get out of? You too would go for the ribs, and since many of you have asked, I chose them when I got stuck.

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See my look at Friday's Rib Flight, including Bacon Crusted

 

 

 

 

 

(12/09/14)

Hudson Valley BBQ: Northern Smoke Reviewed

The site's 324th review is for Northern Smoke (Carmel NY), a rustic cottage of a joint north of NYC and east of the Hudson. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Northern Smoke

 

 

 

 

(11/29/14)

Hartford BBQ: Black-eyed Sally's Re-reviewed

A while back I said the review updates would be coming, so a Groupon made Black-eyed Sally's (Hartford CT), an unlikely but needed revisit. Have they changed much in the eight year gap? 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 Black-eyed Sally's

 

 

 

 

 

 

(11/18/14)

Joints Directory Madness

Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning five states. This time there are four new joints, four closings and an astonishing three moves.

 

 

NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY

  • Arrogant Swine (Brooklyn NY) is a newly opened beer hall featuring Carolina whole hog barbecue, mac and cheese cooked in a waffle iron and interesting street art murals. Scroll down for my first look from a few weeks back. www.arrogantswine.com

  • Hank's Down South (Narragansett RI) promises it's "the most authentic Southern-Style Bar & BBQ around." The menu has the familiar St Louis ribs, brisket, pulled pork, sausage and turkey, plus smoked and fried bologna. The fries are hand cut and there's chocolate covered bacon for dessert. Thanks to Fred for the lead. www.hanksdownsouth.com/

  • Boiler Bar & Grille (Orange MA) is a half-year-old tavern at Tully Mill in a converted factory. The menu includes wings, smoked shortrib tacos, ribs, brisket, sausage, chicken and duck, along with enough burgers and salads to keep everyone happy.  They offer live music too. www.boilerbarandgrille.com

  • LI Pour House (Port Jefferson Station NY) is a beer lovers' paradise with an interesting dispensing system. An equally interesting barbecue menu includes burnt ends, babybacks, cupcake pan smoked chicken, pork, brisket and sausage. My BS detector is blinking, but if the menu swagger (lots of "award winning" stuff) is backed up even 75%, this could be a winning barbecue joint that's so elusive to Long Island. Thanks to Guy for the lead. www.lipourhouse.com

 

 

CLOSINGS

  • Buenos Diaz (Woodbury NY) is now closed. Thanks to Sledneck for the lead and Eric for the confirmation.

  • South Shore BBQ Company (Patchogue NY), arguably the best barbecue joint on Long Island, has closed. According to an article in Newsday, ownership plans to reopen with a new name and a new concept that will retain some but not all of its barbecue menu. Thanks to Eric for the lead and Sledneck for the confirmation.

  • Stevie's Eatery (Marlborough MA) has closed. Thanks to Steve for the lead.

  • Pizza Stop & BBQ (Ashland MA) has, uh, stopped.

 

 

OTHER CHANGES

  • Vermont Maple BBQ (Randolph VT) has moved to a new location four miles away in the same town. Thanks to David for the lead. www.vtbbq.com

  • MadJacks (Lenox MA) has moved from Pittsfield MA to temporary digs at Rumpy's Tavern until its new home at the historic Village Inn is ready in early 2015. www.madjacksbbqonline.com

  • Yellow Rose BBQ (Willimantic CT) moved last week just 600 feet away to a new indoor location at 600 Main Street. Thanks to Brad for the lead. Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

(11/14/14)

Brooklyn BBQ: First Visit to Arrogant Swine

This isn't a formal review but a first look at Arrogant Swine (Brooklyn NY), the Carolina barbecue and drinking hall recently launched by Tyson Ho following a successful series of pop-ups last year. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my "First Look" review of Arrogant Swine

 

 

 

 

 

(11/11/14)

New York Burgers: Minetta Tavern Reviewed

November kicks off a season of cold weather, holidays and burger reviews, so why not lead off this year's wave with one of the most talked about burgers in the country: The Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern (New York City), a decades-old establishment with two burgers on the menu. I discuss them both in this review.

See my burger review for Minetta Tavern

 

 

 

 

 

 

(10/29/14)

Vermont BBQ: Top of the Hill Grill Reviewed

The site's 323rd review is for Top of the Hill Grill (Brattleboro VT), a roadside stand with a wide menu, outdoor/indoor dining and scemic views. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.

See my review of Top of the Hill Grill

 

 

 

 

 

(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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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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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Pulled pork and pork ribs at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Riverside Barbeque, Nashua NH.

 

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Ribs and scallops at Lobster Q, Hampstead NH.

 

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Caribbean wings at ChiliHead BBQ, W. Bridgewater MA.

 

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Ribs at Lady C&J Soul Food, Brockton MA.

 

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Rib tips special at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

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Ribs at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.

 

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Ribs at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA (a week earlier).

 

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Ribs at SlowBones, Burlington MA.

 

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

 

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Ribs at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.

 

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Wings at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

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Ribs at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.

 

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Ribs, pork and brisket at Elsmere, South Portland ME.

 

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Babybacks and StL ribs at Buck's Naked, Portland ME.

 

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Pulled pork sandwich at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

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Pulled pork and ribs at Daisy May's, New York NY.

 

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Brisket and chicken tacos at Mexicue, New York NY.

 

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Chicken, ribs, sausage and pulled pork at Blue Smoke, New York NY.

 

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Brisket and sausage at BrisketTown (Delaney Barbecue), Brooklyn NY.

 

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Pulled pork at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Brisket chili at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.

 

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

 

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Beef shortrib at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Ribs, brisket and chicken at SlowBones, Burlington MA.

 

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Burnt ends and pulled pork at Blue Ribbon, W. Newton MA.

 

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Pulled pork, sausage and pork belly at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.

 

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Ribs at Po's Ribs and Barbecue, Acton MA.

 

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Burnt ends at Firefly's, Marlborough MA.

 

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Ribs, brisket and pork at Northern Smoke, Carmel NY.

 

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Ribs, brisket and pork at Northern Smoke, Carmel NY.

 

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BBQ "It's Not A Ramen" Pork Noodle Soup at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

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Ribs at the American Barbecue, Rowley MA.

 

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Burnt ends at Bear's Smokehouse, Hartford CT.

 

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Ribs at Black-eyed Sally's, Hartford CT.

 

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

 

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Brisket at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Pulled pork at Fletcher's, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Sausage, moist brisket, lean brisket, pork rib and turkey at Hill Country, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Pulled pork, sausage and brisket at Fette Sau, Brooklyn NY.

 

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Wings at Rosebud, Somerville MA.

 

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

 

 

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