Best Barbecue Restaurant in Boston

2015 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

Tiffani Faison’s barbecue temple has taken the smoky crown in this town four years running, and justifiably so. Those fussing over the heftier prices should note—her fall-apart ribs, crackly-skinned sausages,…Read More

2014 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

Local barbecue fiends once faced a split decision: You could hit up roadhouse joints like Lester’s, in Burlington, or SoulFire, in Allston, or go a tier higher at Newton’s Blue…Read More

2013 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

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…Read More

2012 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Sweet Cheeks

Boston

Smoked meat, we’ve long held, is the great equalizer—the one cuisine practically everyone (vegetarians aside) can agree on. For proof, head to chef Tiffani Faison’s tribute to Texas. You’ll find…Read More

2011 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Redbones

Somerville

Trust us: Don’t take your Redbones carryout on the T. At best, your bag of slow-smoked, spice-rubbed, damn-tasty barbecue will have fellow passengers growling like wild beasts; at worst, you’ve…Read More

2011 Best Barbecue Restaurant, Restaurant

Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q

Arlington

Who says northerners can’t do ‘cue? Here everything’s cooked low and slow over oak and hickory hardwoods, resulting in unbelievably tender smokehouse meats — from the North Carolina pulled pork…Read More

2011 Best Barbecue Restaurant, West

Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q

West Newton

Who says northerners can’t do ‘cue? Here everything’s cooked low and slow over oak and hickory hardwoods, resulting in unbelievably tender smokehouse meats — from the North Carolina pulled pork…Read More

2009 Best Barbecue Restaurant

M&M Ribs

Boston

Over the past year, the mouthwatering aromas wafting from this rig near the corner of Hampden and Norfolk may as well have been smoke signals, announcing an upset was brewing…Read More

2008 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q

Arlington

This is Blue Ribbon’s third straight year notching a win, which means we’ve already waxed rhapsodic about its smoked-to-perfection brisket and tender pulled pork. (For maximum enjoyment, mix the above…Read More

2007 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q

West Newton

Texas smoke versus Memphis rub, vinegar tang versus peppery heat—barbecue debates will likely rage until kingdom come (and straight on into the sweet hereafter). This year our returning champion silenced…Read More

2006 Best Barbecue Restaurant, Restaurant

Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q

Arlington

The deep, pink ring along the outer rim of a slice of Blue Ribbon brisket proves it’s been smoked long and slow, the hallmark of authenticity. No surprise: The counterspace-only…Read More

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…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…Read More

2003 Best Barbecue Restaurant, Restaurant

Redbones

Somerville

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…Read More

2002 Best Barbecue Restaurant, West

Tennesse’s

Framingham

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….Read More

2002 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Redbones

Somerville

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-,…Read More

2001 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Chris’ Texas BBQ

Dorchester

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…Read More

2000 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Redbones

Somerville

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…Read More

1999 Best Barbecue Restaurant, Restaurant

Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q

Arlington

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…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…Read More

1995 Best Barbecue Restaurant

Jake & Earl’s Dixie BBQ

Cambridge

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…Read More

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