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2017 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

If we made Tiffani Faison a crown of pork ribs, would she wear it? It’s been six years since the chef spearheaded a Fenway dining renaissance with her, well, cheeky debut, and her unctuous slabs of brisket and meltingly tender… read more»

2016 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

The meat’s still sweet—and smoky, and spicy—at Top Chef vet Tiffani Faison’s firstborn by Fenway, where the southern-inspired barbecue hasn’t suffered for the opening of her neighboring restaurant, Tiger Mama. Still lovingly tended to (kudos, chef de cuisine Dan Raia)… read more»

2015 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

Tiffani Faison’s barbecue temple has taken the smoky crown in this town four years running, and justifiably so. Those fussing over the heftier prices should note—her fall-apart ribs, crackly-skinned sausages, and mammoth slabs of brisket are sourced from the highest-quality… read more»

2014 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

Local barbecue fiends once faced a split decision: You could hit up roadhouse joints like Lester’s, in Burlington, or SoulFire, in Allston, or go a tier higher at Newton’s Blue Ribbon or Davis Square’s Redbones. Then came this smoked-meat haven,… read more»

2013 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

Anatomy of a Winner: Contained on a paper-lined tray (and scattered on the reclaimed wood table) is barbecue bliss, as follows. 1. A variety of house-made hot sauces lets you dress your meat as you please. 2. Fist-size biscuits are… read more»

2012 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

Smoked meat, we’ve long held, is the great equalizer—the one cuisine practically everyone (vegetarians aside) can agree on. For proof, head to chef Tiffani Faison’s tribute to Texas. You’ll find families with toddlers, hipsters chugging Bud Light Lime, and camera-wielding… read more»

2011 BEST Barbecue Restaurant, West

Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q

West Newton

Who says northerners can’t do ‘cue? Here everything’s cooked low and slow over oak and hickory hardwoods, resulting in unbelievably tender smokehouse meats — from the North Carolina pulled pork and the Texas beef brisket to the absolutely addictive Kansas… read more»

2011 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Redbones

Somerville

Trust us: Don’t take your Redbones carryout on the T. At best, your bag of slow-smoked, spice-rubbed, damn-tasty barbecue will have fellow passengers growling like wild beasts; at worst, you’ve got a mob scene on your hands. Better to get… read more»

2009 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

M&M Ribs

Boston

Over the past year, the mouthwatering aromas wafting from this rig near the corner of Hampden and Norfolk may as well have been smoke signals, announcing an upset was brewing in 2009. Indeed, this category’s long-reigning suburban champ has seen… read more»

2008 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q

Arlington

This is Blue Ribbon’s third straight year notching a win, which means we’ve already waxed rhapsodic about its smoked-to-perfection brisket and tender pulled pork. (For maximum enjoyment, mix the above liberally with any of the house sauces.) Thus, knowing it’s… read more»