Best of Boston

BEST Barbecue Restaurant

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 apple, hickory, and cherry woods. Add the tangy homemade sauces, and you can see why… read more»

2002 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Redbones

Somerville

Sentimental favorite Redbones has been challenged over the last few years by a whole herd of new barbecue joints. But there’s no beating the heaping portions of Memphis-, Texas-, Arkansas-, and St. Louis-style Fred Flintstone-sized ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and… read more»

2001 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Chris’ Texas BBQ

Dorchester

Purists might be put off by the fact that there’s pizza on the menu, but it’s impossible to argue with the down-and-dirty authenticity of Chris’ barbecue sauce. This place would be right at home on a Memphis side street, from… read more»

2000 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Redbones

Somerville

This has become a crowded category, thanks to a rack of new barbecue joints around town and in the suburbs. But we’re going back to basics. Redbones, the funky, down-home joint in Davis Square, is the granddaddy of Boston barbecue,… 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»

1995 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Jake & Earl’s Dixie BBQ

Cambridge

We keep coming back for the North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich, the Texas Sliced Brisket, terrific Baked Beans, incendiary Inner Beauty Hot Sauce, the insouciant menu descriptions, and the painting of Elvis. read more»