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Causeway Boston MA

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Massapequa Park NY (update)

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Bobbique Patchogue NY (update)

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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

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Salvage BBQ Portland ME

State Park Cambridge MA

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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

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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

 

 

 

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Retro Burger Arlington MA

Minetta Tavern NYC

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Kirkland Tap & Trotter Somerville MA

Alden & Harlow Cambridge MA

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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

 

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Floramo's Chelsea MA

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Frank Pepe's Pizzeria

New Haven CT

Donna's Donuts

Tewksbury MA

 

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Archive - December 2014

 

 

 

(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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recent Eats (click photo to view larger image)

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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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