Best of Boston

2013 BEST Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

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 sinfully buttery and flaky.

3. Thirst-quenching cocktails come in a mason jar.

4. The crunchy “farm salad” provides welcome relief from the richness of the meat—and from the

5. cheesy, crumb-topped broccoli casserole.

6. The main event, the pork ribs, are smoky and tender.

7. Old-school accoutrements include pickles, shaved white onion, and squishy white bread, all of which balance the heat.

1381 Boylston St. Boston 617-266-1300

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to remove impersonators or personal attacks, threats, profanity, or flat-out offensive comments. By posting here, you are permitting Boston magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.

  • cf

    There is just no way! Sweet Cheeks is good, but Best of Boston? No way. South End Buttery has better ribs, Wings Over Boston too! Their ribs & brisket is cooked way to fast. Nothing falls off the bone, and it’s very dry. I’ve gone three times, in the hopes it would be better. It’s not. This is disappointing.

  • Joe Schmoe

    Very disappointing. I think this was a setup for the reviewer. Been all over the south and tried the bbq around Boston. This place is not “Best of” anything. Not even close. The food was greasy and bland. The spices that were used weren’t right at all. Ribs were dry and you had to fight to get them off the bone. Blue Ribbon and Redbones are much, much better.