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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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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, […] 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 […] read more»
2007 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q

West Newton
Texas smoke versus Memphis rub, vinegar tang versus peppery heat—barbecue debates will likely rage until kingdom come (and straight on into the sweet hereafter). This […] read more»
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 […] read more»
2005 Best Barbecue Restaurant, Restaurant

Jake’s Boss BBQ

Jamaica Plain
Slow-smoked, slow-cooked, but served fast, Jake’s pork ribs are greasy slabs of heaven. Or they would be, if heaven were built out of meat so […] 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 […] 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 […] read more»
2002 Best Barbecue Restaurant, West

Tennesse’s

Framingham
By the time the meaty ribs and chicken served up here come off the smoker, they’ve been slow-cooked for as much as 14 hours over […] read more»