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Boston's Best Barbecue

If you are ever in the mood for good barbecue that tastes authentic, you won't be disappointed if you visit one of Boston's best barbecue joints. Each restaurant puts its own spin on southern cooking and offer some incredible flavors for your taste buds. You might be surprised to know that you can get some of the best BBQ right in the city of Boston or not too far outside of the city. Some of these dishes will completely transport you to another place. Many chefs do their best to perfect their take on BBQ. If you try any of the places below, you will not be disappointed.

Blue Ribbon Barbecue
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Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q
1375 Washington St.
West Newton, MA 02465
(617) 332-2583

All of the meat at Blue Ribbon is cooked over oak and hickory hardwoods and their seasoning is just right. People from all over the state love to visit the location in West Newton, there is also a location in Arlington, to nosh on pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and chicken. The eatery has been in business for 20 years, and is an easy win for anyone looking to experience a little piece of Southern heaven right here in Massachusetts.

Sweet Cheeks
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Sweet Cheeks Q
1381 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-1300

Sweet Cheeks Q is a great place to get some of the best meat in town. The restaurant prides itself on only cooking sustainably-raised, hormone-free beef. Whether you are in the mood for pulled pork or hush puppies, you're going to get some of the best Southern food imaginable here. It is a great place to hang out with friends, or bring the family. They even have some great choices for vegetarians. You'll feel right at home in the cozy restaurant, as you sip a drink from a Mason jar and lick your fingers clean.

Texas BBQ Company
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The Texas BBQ Company
309 Main St.
Northborough, MA 01532
(508) 393-4742

Back in 2010, The Texas BBQ Company was honored with a Best of New England award by Yankee Magazine. The quality of food and service remains top notch. Fans of this place keep coming back for the brisket. The owners do their very best to bring customers an authentic Texas BBQ, which isn't something you'd expect to get in Massachusetts, but these people know what they are doing. They smoke their meats for several hours to ensure that it's flavorful, juicy and they use the highest quality meats.

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Blackstrap BBQ
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Blackstrap BBQ
47 Woodside Ave.
Winthrop, MA 02152
(617) 207-1783

While everyone expects these amazing BBQ joints to have great meat, Blackstrap is also known for its amazing side dishes. From mac and cheese, fried pickles, to just about everything in between, this place provides a full meal experience. The restaurant is quite small, but the food does all the talking here. Customers rave about the burnt ends and the North Carolina pulled pork.

East Coast Grill
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East Coast Grill
1271 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 491-6568

Home to "Hell Night," the East Coast Grill is home to some of the best BBQ around. Chef Jason Heard worked in restaurants in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, and in Key West, Florida, before heading to Boston. He wanted to bring BBQ and other Southern-based recipes to the north. Customers rave about the menu, which boasts plenty of choices in BBQ cuisine and seafood. The portion sizes are big so make sure you come hungry.

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Boston-based writer Effie Orfanides keeps up with all of the latest happenings in her city. She loves eating at Boston's hotspots, having drinks at the trendiest bars, and enjoying all that Boston has to offer. Her work can be found at

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