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,