Best of Boston

2004 Best Barbecue Restaurant, Restaurant

Uncle Pete’s Hickory Ribs

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, chicken, and ribs we’ve gnawed this far north. Pete himself makes everything daily, using special combinations of dry rubs and marinades and smoking the meat for five hours or more with a result so succulent that extra sauce and garnishes are superfluous. Equally noteworthy is the care taken here with side dishes, including frosted sweet-potato biscuits, homemade baked beans, and hand-cut fries.

309 Bennington St., East Boston, 617-569-7427,