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2014 BEST Barbecue Restaurant
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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
Photo by Jesse Burke

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»

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
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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
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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»

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 year our returning champion silenced at least one point of contention—which of its two outlets… 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 authenticity. No surprise: The counterspace-only joint looks like it was lifted from a dirt road… 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 tender it melts off the bone in saintly gobbets, doused in a sauce precisely balanced… 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»