Best of Boston 2007 Barbecue
Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q
1375 Washington St., West Newton; 908 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington
Texas smoke versus Memphis rub, vinegar tang versus peppery heatbarbecue 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 contentionwhich of its two outlets is betterby debuting a central, honking-big smoker (reportedly New Englands largest) that turns out uniformly succulent sliced brisket, pulled pork, and an array of other regional specialties for both Blue Ribbon locations, as well as its booming catering business.