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BEST Barbecue Restaurant, restaurant

2006 BEST Barbecue Restaurant, Restaurant

Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q

Arlington

The deep, pink ring along the outer rim of a slice of Blue Ribbon brisket proves it’s been smoked long and slow, the hallmark of authenticity. No surprise: The counterspace-only joint looks like it was lifted from a dirt road… read more »

2004 BEST Barbecue Restaurant, Restaurant

Uncle Pete’s Hickory Ribs

East Boston

Nestled in East Boston’s Day Square, Uncle Pete’s is the kind of barbecue place locals keep to themselves. And, really, we’d never have suspected that this lopsided setting, a former Dairy Queen, could produce the most mouthwatering flavor-packed pork, beef,… read more »

2003 BEST Barbecue Restaurant, Restaurant

Redbones

Somerville

The years-long influx of challengers has ebbed, the smoke has cleared, and the winner and still champion is…Redbones. This is barbecue the way it’s meant to be: noisy, messy, and crowded, with a selection of thick, meaty ribs that reads… read more »

1999 BEST Barbecue Restaurant, Restaurant

Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q

Arlington

Whether it’s North Carolina pulled pork, Kansas City burnt ends, Texas sliced beef brisket, or Memphis dry-rubbed ribs, the key to Blue Ribbon’s success is, like all great barbecue, slow cooking at low temperatures, in this case, over oak and… read more »

1997 BEST Barbecue Restaurant, Restaurant

Jake’s Boss BBQ

Jamaica Plain

You know you’re in for a treat when the cheerful face behind the counter asks, “One Bomb, Two Bomb, or Three Bomb?” But don’t be overzealous—the Three Bomb hot sauce is no laughing matter. This Texas rib joint has won… read more »