Best of Boston

BEST Barbecue Restaurant

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»

2003 BEST Barbecue Restaurant, Restaurant



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»

2002 BEST Barbecue Restaurant, West



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



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


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



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


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


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»