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

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

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

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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