Looking Back: The Best of 2013
Here are my top 20 barbecue visits of 2013. I didn't consciously do this, but there wound up being 10 from west of the Connecticut River and 10 to the east, with none actually in Connecticut. I did make a conscious effort to represent all of the basic four (pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken), plus beef ribs, burnt ends and wings. Chicken was surprisingly easy to choose; pulled pork surprisingly difficult. And as you've no doubt noticed, brisket is becoming more and more prominent as more and more joints are doing it well. Yes, there are some duplicates, all from New York City at the joints I consider the three best.
Pork spareribs at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, NYC.
Brisket at Mighty Quinn's Barbeque, NYC.
Ribs at Lester's, Burlington MA.
Burnt ends at Buck's Naked, Portland ME.
Pork ribs at BT's Smokehouse, Sturbridge MA.
Brisket and ribs at BrisketTown, Brooklyn NY.
Brisket at Phil's Old Fashioned BBQ, Milford NH.
Ribs at SoulFire, Allston MA.
Smoked wings at Smokestack Urban Barbecue, Worcester MA.
Chicken and sausage at Shaw's Ridge Farm, Sanford ME.
Smoked sweet and sour wings ar Binga's Stadium Smokehouse, Portland ME.
Smoked jerk wings at Wildwood Barbeque, NYC.
Ribs at Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop MA.
Ribs at Big W's BBQ, Wingdale NY.
Brisket at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.
Brisket, sausage, beef and pork ribs at Hill Country, NYC.
Brisket, ribs and sausage at BrisketTown, Brooklyn NY.
Beef rib slices at Hometown BBQ, Brooklyn NY.
Pulled pork at Sweet Cheeks, Boston MA.
Chicken at Fink's Smokehouse, Dumont NJ.