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Eat Barbecue at Commonwealth This Sunday (and Other Upcoming Meaty Events)

A special Barbecue Week edition of Eaterwire

Restaurant interior full of wood beams
Meg Jones Wall for Eater

KENDALL SQUARE — Starting at 11 a.m. and going until the food runs out this Sunday, June 19 (Father’s Day), Commonwealth is offering up a special barbecue menu. It’s all counter-service, no reservations, and you can dine in the restaurant, at the bar, on the patio, or take it to go "and cook it at home and pretend you spent 14 hours up all night tending to the smoker," says chef/owner Steve "Nookie" Postal.

The menu: beef brisket, Hill Country-style smoked sausage, short ribs, beef back ribs, pulled chopped beef, and brown sugar brined turkey breast, all smoked in a Lang 84 smoker using oak and peach wood from Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon. On the side: mac and cheese with "tons of orange cheese" and Ritz crumbles; slow-cooked green beans with garlic scapes and red chilis; red bliss potato salad with spicy Grillo’s Pickles; collards with smoked oxtail; sweet and sour slaw with ramen and sesame; and baked beans with molasses and mustard. For dessert, there’s peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Full bar available.

UNION SQUARE — More info to come, but Cantina La Mexicana is reportedly planning a barbecue for Saturday, June 25, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Union Square parking lot. Stay tuned for details.

BRIGHTON — Session #1 of this year’s Riverside BBQ Series takes place on June 26, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at The Harry Parker Boathouse. The event features food by Louis DiBiccari (Tavern Road), Will Gilson (Puritan & Co.), Keenan Langlois (The Sinclair), and Barry Maiden (formerly Hungry Mother). There will be beer and cider from Lord Hobo, Notch, Harpoon, Downeast, Narragansett, and Down the Road, plus live entertainment by the Nephrok! Allstars and DJ Ryan Brown. All-inclusive tickets start at $35 and creep up to $50 as the show gets closer. Buy them here.

SOMERVILLE — Bergamot is serving up plenty of barbecue on July 3, with seatings starting at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. (You can show up any time during your selected seating range.) Tickets cost $35 and include a taste of everything; it’ll all be served family-style to your group. (Soft drinks are included, but alcohol is extra.)

On the menu: chopped salad; Texas-style brisket; chopped pork; beef, cheddar, and jalapeño links; beans, collard greens, cornbread, and other sides; vinegar sauce and sweet sauce; and a choice of peanut butter pie or buttermilk pie.

Buy tickets online or at the restaurant. Meats and sides are also available for pre-order and pick up between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.; orders must be received by 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 25.

THEATRE DISTRICT — Looking ahead to Friday, July 15, Drink Craft Beer is putting on its Boston Beer and BBQ Fest at Space 57. The Saturday sessions are both sold out, but at press time, just under 100 tickets remained for Friday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $59.02 after fees, and your admission includes unlimited two-ounce samples of more than 70 New England beers and ciders as well as a sample each from five local barbecue joints and companies: Blue Ribbon BBQRosebud American Kitchen & BarM&M Ribs, Firebox BBQ by Wildfire Catering, and Craftship Catering & Events. Buy tickets here.

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