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Sure, Boston's not exactly known for being a barbecue town, but there are still plenty of places to satisfy the craving if you can't get down South any time soon. Purists and barbecue newbies alike can debate endlessly about which local spots come closest to the real thing and which aren't worth your time, but here's a handy sampling of some of the well-loved barbecue restaurants you can find in the Boston area — and the types of food you'll find at each. Try them yourself to find the ones that best fit your needs, whether you're looking for Kansas City burnt ends, Texas brisket, or any hunk of smoked meat.

This map was originally published on June 13, 2016; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Blue Ribbon BBQ

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908 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02476
(781) 648-7427
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Blue Ribbon celebrated its 20th anniversary a few years ago ("swine dining since 1995," as the website says). The beloved counter-service barbecue restaurant and catering operation has locations in Arlington, West Newton, and Dedham, serving up pit-smoked favorites in the style of a variety of regions: Kansas City burnt ends, Texas brisket, North Carolina pulled pork, St. Louis ribs, etc. There's a variety of sauces, too, including a North Carolina vinegar-based sauce and a Carolina gold.

Blue Ribbon's sides are no-frills, a standard collection of coleslaw, mashed potatoes, collard greens, and the like. Platters are available with a choice of meat, two sides, and cornbread for about $12-$15.

On the dessert side, there are a lot of options, from pecan pie and key lime pie to a rotating array of dessert bars and fruit cobblers. Note: no booze.

Blue Ribbon pulled pork
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2. Redbones Barbecue

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55 Chester St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 628-2200
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Now more than 30 years old, Redbones has cemented its popularity in Somerville's Davis Square. It's perpetually crowded, and the ambiance is fun, particularly at the downstairs bar, Underbones.

Redbones's strength lies in its lively vibe and solid beer list. The restaurant doesn't really specialize in any one aspect of barbecue; there's a giant menu that has a little bit of something for everyone, so it's an easy choice if there's a big group to feed.

Load up on fried items, like the catfish fingers ("catfingers"), okra, or corn fritters. On the meat side, there are sandwiches and platters with a choice of two sides — greens, beans, rice, mac & cheese, and the like. There are some vegetarian entrees available as well, like a portobello sandwich and a veggie burger.

Finish it all off with a banana pudding and Nilla Wafers.

Fried chicken and waffle sandwich at Redbones
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3. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

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381 Summer St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 629-9500
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While Rosebud's menu isn't exclusively in the barbecue realm, chef and partner John Delpha is a seasoned veteran of the barbecue competition circuit, and he offers up dishes like St. Louis-style ribs (served as a half rack with slaw and pasta salad), smoked chicken wings in his competition rub and agave glaze, and an Asian barbecue-style hog head that serves two to four diners.

You'll also find a variety of other Southern-inspired dishes, like a fried chicken thigh platter and a side of cheddar grits. And so many pies.

The restaurant — originally the old-timey Rosebud Diner — has been sleekly remodeled, although you'll recognize a portion of the dining space as the old diner car. It's part of the same family as Painted Burro and Posto, each located only a short walk away.

Ribs at Rosebud
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4. Formaggio Kitchen: Seasonal Saturday Sidewalk Barbecue

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244 Huron Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-4750
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A cheese-focused shop with great barbecue? Yep. From late March into October, the Cambridge location of Formaggio Kitchen hosts a popular Saturday sidewalk barbecue lunch. House-smoked meats (brisket, chicken, lamb, pork shoulder) get finished on the grill as you wait. It starts at 11 a.m. (but the line starts earlier) and goes until the food runs out, usually around 2:30 or 3 p.m.

Side dishes include baked beans, coleslaw, and more.

Some items can be pre-ordered earlier in the week.

Formaggio’s sidewalk barbecue
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5. Blackstrap BBQ

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47A Woodside Ave
Winthrop, MA 02152
(617) 207-1783
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Founded nearly a decade by a couple of East Coast Grill alums, Blackstrap started out as a tiny space with a focus on takeout, but an expansion a couple years ago included the addition of a full bar and a renovated dining room, and more expansion is in the works as of mid-2018. Blackstrap touches on different barbecue regions with Memphis-style dry rub ribs, Texas-style brisket, Kansas City-style baby back ribs, and North Carolina-style pulled pork.

Platters are available with a choice of meats (pick one, two, or three from a list that includes smoked chicken, pulled pork, ribs, and more), plus two sides and cornbread. The menu branches out with a solid selection of soups, sandwiches, and salads as well, from a "rip your lips off" chili to duck poutine. And there are a few specials for particular days of the week — Wednesday, for example, features a fried chicken dinner.

The friendly crew is also available for catering.

Blackstrap BBQ fried chicken
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6. Highland Fried

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1271 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-4662
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As the name suggests, the star at Highland Fried — the Highland Kitchen sequel in the old East Coast Grill space — is the fried chicken. But that’s only a third of the equation at the restaurant, which also focuses on Tiki and barbecue (and does a great job with each). From burnt ends to St. Louis-style ribs, there are a variety of options; try the meat in a combo with two sides and cornbread.

Highland Fried
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7. Bison County

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275 Moody St
Waltham, MA 02453
(781) 642-9720
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Bison County's wide-ranging menu includes ribs, a half chicken, brisket, and pulled pork. Also on the menu: bison tips, fried catfish, quesadillas, burritos, and smoked wings.

There's trivia on Tuesday nights, starting at 8 p.m., and Bison County has a solid beer list.

Bison County smoked jumbo South Carolina wings
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8. Smoke Shop BBQ

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1 Kendall Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 577-7427
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One of the newest barbecue additions in town arrived in Cambridge in summer 2016 thanks to Andy Husbands (who owned the now-defunct Tremont 647), a longtime barbecue devotee and fixture on the competitive circuit. His Kendall Square restaurant and its even newer counterparts in Boston’s Fort Point and Somerville’s Assembly Row feature big platters of meats, from burnt ends to ribs, piled high with sides (cornbread, pimento mac & cheese, bacon collards, and more). Don't miss "the best bar wings," as they're called on the menu, coated in sticky-sweet agave. On the beverage side, there's so much whiskey.

Andy Husbands prepping meat at Smoke Shop’s original Cambridge location
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9. Shed's Smoked BBQ

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32 Bromfield St
Boston, MA 02108
(857) 654-3977
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Downtown Boston barbecue from Texas natives. On the menu: Texas hot links, smoked turkey, pulled pork, and lots more, available in sandwiches and platters with sides such as cornbread, barbecue baked beans, and fried pickles. There are five sauces available, including a vinegar-based North Carolina-style sauce and an espresso barbecue sauce. Open for lunch on weekdays (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but closed on weekends.

Sausages at Shed’s BBQ
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10. Firefly's BBQ

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350 E Main St
Marlborough, MA 01752
(508) 357-8883
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This self-described "bodacious" barbecue joint has quite a following in Marlborough, where it serves up slow-smoked St. Louis ribs and dry-rubbed, smoked baby back ribs with a variety of sauces. There's also brisket, barbecue chicken, fried chicken, pork-filled mac & cheese, and more. And there's pizza for the folks who don't like barbecue.

Inside Firefly's, there's a club called Dante's, which features live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Firefly's does a lot of catering and can also host private events at the restaurant.

Firefly’s BBQ
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11. Larry J's BBQ Cafe

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600 D St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 348-9800
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Larry Jimerson closed down his Chelsea restaurant, Larry J's House of Q, in 2012 and quickly relocated to Boston's Seaport, opening up Larry J's BBQ Cafe — a small counter-service shack with no seats inside, just outside.

Jimerson smokes his meats over apple and hickory wood, offering up ribs, smoked link sausage, smoked brisket, smoked turkey legs, and lots more. Also on the menu: crispy catfish, Texas chili, cowboy beans, candied yams, etc. There's a wide range of sauces available, including Arkansas Red and Jamaican Jerk.

Feed a big group with one of several combos, such as the Bonanza — a slab and a half of ribs, a whole chicken, two pints of smoked meats, two quarts of fixins, and cornbread, meant to feed six or seven ($125.95).

Ribs from Larry J’s BBQ Cafe
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12. Sweet Cheeks

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1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-1300
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Tiffani Faison's lively, loud Fenway barbecue restaurant, Sweet Cheeks, serves everything from pork ribs to pulled chicken to brisket to buttermilk fried chicken, and diners can't go wrong with any of the sides ("hot scoops" and "cold scoops," many of which are vegetarian and most of which can be made gluten-free). For a hungry group of 10, just fork over $500 for two pounds each of pork belly, pulled pork, pulled chicken, and brisket; a full rack of ribs; a whole chicken; a quart of each side; and a serving of each fried dish (fried green tomatoes, okra, etc.) Sweet Cheeks also offers a couple of fun desserts, like the giant Nutter Butter. Plus, everything about the restaurant's biscuits is true. Save room — one biscuit is roughly the size of a human face.

Sweet Cheeks has a full bar, and the beer selection is strong.

The Sweet Cheeks “big rig”
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13. Southern Proper

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600 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(857) 233-2421
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Southern Proper isn’t strictly a barbecue joint; in fact, before opening it, chef and owner Jason Cheek told Eater that it wouldn’t be a barbecue joint but that it would offer some smoked meats. Inspired by his Raleigh-Durham upbringing, Cheek is serving a range of Southern food, with a focus on excellent fried chicken, but don’t miss the pulled pork, ribs, or house-made sausage.

Southern Proper sausage
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14. M&M Ribs

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155 Southampton Street
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 306-0788
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M&M Ribs is a food truck, not a restaurant, so check its Twitter feed for the latest information about its location and schedule. Currently its main stop is Newmarket Square (where this map pin is located), and it's also available for private events and makes appearances at various public events.

In true food truck form, the menu tends to vary a little bit each day, but in general it features items like ribs (of course) — they're pork, and during lunch shifts, a substantial portion is usually available for $8 (or $11 with a small side, like mac & cheese or baked beans).

Pulled pork, pulled chicken, and beef brisket also make regular appearances in sandwich form, slathered in sauce and nestled in a soft bun.

M&M Ribs
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15. Tennessee's Real BBQ

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341 Cochituate Rd
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 626-7140
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With locations in Framingham, Braintree, and Peabody, this fast-casual group smokes meats over hickory, apple, and cherry wood. The menu includes Memphis ribs, baby back ribs, and Texas beef ribs; pulled pork and chicken sandwiches; brisket; wings; and more. The house barbecue sauce has a tomato base with a hint of chocolate.

There are several group-friendly combos available, like the BBQ Feedbag for 6+ people ($89.95) — barbecue or Caribbean chicken, a slab and a half of Memphis ribs, two pints of boneless meat and eight rolls, a quart of barbecue beans, a quart of coleslaw, and six pieces of cornbread.

Tennessee’s BBQ food
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16. Pit Stop BBQ

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888A Morton St
Mattapan, MA 02126
(617) 436-0485
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This tiny takeout joint, which has been around for more than three decades, is only open Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday, 2 p.m. to midnight. There are pork ribs, beef ribs, brisket, chicken (leg, breast, half, whole), a few sandwiches (chopped pork, beef sausage, and pork sausage), and various combinations of all of those things.

Side dishes include mac & cheese, Cajun rice, cornbread, and more, and there are a few desserts, including banana pudding and peach cobbler.

Barbecue sauce is available for purchase in a number of sizes, from three ounces up to a gallon.

Pit Stop Barbecue
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17. B.T.'s Smokehouse

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392 Main St
Sturbridge, MA 01566
(508) 347-3188
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Plan a little road trip 60 miles southwest of Boston to Sturbridge: B.T.'s Smokehouse is a worthy destination, featuring meats slow-smoked over apple and hickory, available in sandwiches of various sizes, platters with sides and cornbread, and more. Got a hungry group? Feed them all with the "whole hog" combo for $72 — a pint of pork and brisket, a rack of spare ribs, wings, three pints of fixins, and cornbread.

Also on the menu, there are fun items like andouille dog bites, sticky rib tips, and catfish po' boys, plus a few dessert offerings — bread pudding, brownies, and pecan pie squares. There's sweet lemon tea to drink, and B.Y.O.B. is permitted.

In addition to the restaurant, B.T.'s has a trailer and pops up at a variety of events — it's a favorite at the Brimfield Antique Show. Consult B.T.'s website for its event schedule.

B.T.’s Smokehouse meat
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18. Kinfolks BBQ

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5 Cape Rd
Taunton, MA 02780

This truck operates from the Globe Liquors parking lot on Rt. 44 in Taunton. There are no picnic tables or other seating options nearby — plan on taking it to go or eating in your car. (Note: A brick-and-mortar location is in the works, opening on Centre Street in Middleborough around early 2019.)

Kinfolks serves up sandwiches (pulled pork, chopped chicken, or brisket) as well as ribs, chicken, pork, and brisket on their own or with sides like mac & cheese, yams, and baked beans.

Keep an eye out for weekend specials, like fried chicken and smoked turkey legs.

Kinfolks BBQ
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1. Blue Ribbon BBQ

908 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
Blue Ribbon pulled pork
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Blue Ribbon celebrated its 20th anniversary a few years ago ("swine dining since 1995," as the website says). The beloved counter-service barbecue restaurant and catering operation has locations in Arlington, West Newton, and Dedham, serving up pit-smoked favorites in the style of a variety of regions: Kansas City burnt ends, Texas brisket, North Carolina pulled pork, St. Louis ribs, etc. There's a variety of sauces, too, including a North Carolina vinegar-based sauce and a Carolina gold.

Blue Ribbon's sides are no-frills, a standard collection of coleslaw, mashed potatoes, collard greens, and the like. Platters are available with a choice of meat, two sides, and cornbread for about $12-$15.

On the dessert side, there are a lot of options, from pecan pie and key lime pie to a rotating array of dessert bars and fruit cobblers. Note: no booze.

908 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02476

2. Redbones Barbecue

55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144
Fried chicken and waffle sandwich at Redbones
Redbones/Facebook

Now more than 30 years old, Redbones has cemented its popularity in Somerville's Davis Square. It's perpetually crowded, and the ambiance is fun, particularly at the downstairs bar, Underbones.

Redbones's strength lies in its lively vibe and solid beer list. The restaurant doesn't really specialize in any one aspect of barbecue; there's a giant menu that has a little bit of something for everyone, so it's an easy choice if there's a big group to feed.

Load up on fried items, like the catfish fingers ("catfingers"), okra, or corn fritters. On the meat side, there are sandwiches and platters with a choice of two sides — greens, beans, rice, mac & cheese, and the like. There are some vegetarian entrees available as well, like a portobello sandwich and a veggie burger.

Finish it all off with a banana pudding and Nilla Wafers.

55 Chester St
Somerville, MA 02144

3. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

381 Summer St, Somerville, MA 02144
Ribs at Rosebud
Rosebud/Facebook

While Rosebud's menu isn't exclusively in the barbecue realm, chef and partner John Delpha is a seasoned veteran of the barbecue competition circuit, and he offers up dishes like St. Louis-style ribs (served as a half rack with slaw and pasta salad), smoked chicken wings in his competition rub and agave glaze, and an Asian barbecue-style hog head that serves two to four diners.

You'll also find a variety of other Southern-inspired dishes, like a fried chicken thigh platter and a side of cheddar grits. And so many pies.

The restaurant — originally the old-timey Rosebud Diner — has been sleekly remodeled, although you'll recognize a portion of the dining space as the old diner car. It's part of the same family as Painted Burro and Posto, each located only a short walk away.

381 Summer St
Somerville, MA 02144

4. Formaggio Kitchen: Seasonal Saturday Sidewalk Barbecue

244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
Formaggio’s sidewalk barbecue
Katie Chudy/Eater

A cheese-focused shop with great barbecue? Yep. From late March into October, the Cambridge location of Formaggio Kitchen hosts a popular Saturday sidewalk barbecue lunch. House-smoked meats (brisket, chicken, lamb, pork shoulder) get finished on the grill as you wait. It starts at 11 a.m. (but the line starts earlier) and goes until the food runs out, usually around 2:30 or 3 p.m.

Side dishes include baked beans, coleslaw, and more.

Some items can be pre-ordered earlier in the week.

244 Huron Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Blackstrap BBQ

47A Woodside Ave, Winthrop, MA 02152
Blackstrap BBQ fried chicken
Blackstrap/Facebook

Founded nearly a decade by a couple of East Coast Grill alums, Blackstrap started out as a tiny space with a focus on takeout, but an expansion a couple years ago included the addition of a full bar and a renovated dining room, and more expansion is in the works as of mid-2018. Blackstrap touches on different barbecue regions with Memphis-style dry rub ribs, Texas-style brisket, Kansas City-style baby back ribs, and North Carolina-style pulled pork.

Platters are available with a choice of meats (pick one, two, or three from a list that includes smoked chicken, pulled pork, ribs, and more), plus two sides and cornbread. The menu branches out with a solid selection of soups, sandwiches, and salads as well, from a "rip your lips off" chili to duck poutine. And there are a few specials for particular days of the week — Wednesday, for example, features a fried chicken dinner.

The friendly crew is also available for catering.

47A Woodside Ave
Winthrop, MA 02152

6. Highland Fried

1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Highland Fried
Highland Fried/Facebook

As the name suggests, the star at Highland Fried — the Highland Kitchen sequel in the old East Coast Grill space — is the fried chicken. But that’s only a third of the equation at the restaurant, which also focuses on Tiki and barbecue (and does a great job with each). From burnt ends to St. Louis-style ribs, there are a variety of options; try the meat in a combo with two sides and cornbread.

1271 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

7. Bison County

275 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453
Bison County smoked jumbo South Carolina wings
Smoked jumbo South Carolina wings/Facebook

Bison County's wide-ranging menu includes ribs, a half chicken, brisket, and pulled pork. Also on the menu: bison tips, fried catfish, quesadillas, burritos, and smoked wings.

There's trivia on Tuesday nights, starting at 8 p.m., and Bison County has a solid beer list.

275 Moody St
Waltham, MA 02453

8. Smoke Shop BBQ

1 Kendall Sq, Cambridge, MA 02139
Andy Husbands prepping meat at Smoke Shop’s original Cambridge location
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One of the newest barbecue additions in town arrived in Cambridge in summer 2016 thanks to Andy Husbands (who owned the now-defunct Tremont 647), a longtime barbecue devotee and fixture on the competitive circuit. His Kendall Square restaurant and its even newer counterparts in Boston’s Fort Point and Somerville’s Assembly Row feature big platters of meats, from burnt ends to ribs, piled high with sides (cornbread, pimento mac & cheese, bacon collards, and more). Don't miss "the best bar wings," as they're called on the menu, coated in sticky-sweet agave. On the beverage side, there's so much whiskey.

1 Kendall Sq
Cambridge, MA 02139

9. Shed's Smoked BBQ

32 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108
Sausages at Shed’s BBQ
Shed’s BBQ/Facebook

Downtown Boston barbecue from Texas natives. On the menu: Texas hot links, smoked turkey, pulled pork, and lots more, available in sandwiches and platters with sides such as cornbread, barbecue baked beans, and fried pickles. There are five sauces available, including a vinegar-based North Carolina-style sauce and an espresso barbecue sauce. Open for lunch on weekdays (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but closed on weekends.

32 Bromfield St
Boston, MA 02108

10. Firefly's BBQ

350 E Main St, Marlborough, MA 01752
Firefly’s BBQ
Firefly’s BBQ/Facebook

This self-described "bodacious" barbecue joint has quite a following in Marlborough, where it serves up slow-smoked St. Louis ribs and dry-rubbed, smoked baby back ribs with a variety of sauces. There's also brisket, barbecue chicken, fried chicken, pork-filled mac & cheese, and more. And there's pizza for the folks who don't like barbecue.

Inside Firefly's, there's a club called Dante's, which features live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Firefly's does a lot of catering and can also host private events at the restaurant.

350 E Main St
Marlborough, MA 01752

11. Larry J's BBQ Cafe

600 D St, Boston, MA 02210
Ribs from Larry J’s BBQ Cafe
Larry J’s BBQ Cafe/Facebook

Larry Jimerson closed down his Chelsea restaurant, Larry J's House of Q, in 2012 and quickly relocated to Boston's Seaport, opening up Larry J's BBQ Cafe — a small counter-service shack with no seats inside, just outside.

Jimerson smokes his meats over apple and hickory wood, offering up ribs, smoked link sausage, smoked brisket, smoked turkey legs, and lots more. Also on the menu: crispy catfish, Texas chili, cowboy beans, candied yams, etc. There's a wide range of sauces available, including Arkansas Red and Jamaican Jerk.

Feed a big group with one of several combos, such as the Bonanza — a slab and a half of ribs, a whole chicken, two pints of smoked meats, two quarts of fixins, and cornbread, meant to feed six or seven ($125.95).

600 D St
Boston, MA 02210

12. Sweet Cheeks

1381 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
The Sweet Cheeks “big rig”
Sweet Cheeks/Facebook

Tiffani Faison's lively, loud Fenway barbecue restaurant, Sweet Cheeks, serves everything from pork ribs to pulled chicken to brisket to buttermilk fried chicken, and diners can't go wrong with any of the sides ("hot scoops" and "cold scoops," many of which are vegetarian and most of which can be made gluten-free). For a hungry group of 10, just fork over $500 for two pounds each of pork belly, pulled pork, pulled chicken, and brisket; a full rack of ribs; a whole chicken; a quart of each side; and a serving of each fried dish (fried green tomatoes, okra, etc.) Sweet Cheeks also offers a couple of fun desserts, like the giant Nutter Butter. Plus, everything about the restaurant's biscuits is true. Save room — one biscuit is roughly the size of a human face.

Sweet Cheeks has a full bar, and the beer selection is strong.

1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215

13. Southern Proper

600 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Southern Proper sausage
Sarah Storrer/Eater

Southern Proper isn’t strictly a barbecue joint; in fact, before opening it, chef and owner Jason Cheek told Eater that it wouldn’t be a barbecue joint but that it would offer some smoked meats. Inspired by his Raleigh-Durham upbringing, Cheek is serving a range of Southern food, with a focus on excellent fried chicken, but don’t miss the pulled pork, ribs, or house-made sausage.

600 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118

14. M&M Ribs

155 Southampton Street, Boston, MA 02118
M&M Ribs
M&M Ribs/Facebook

M&M Ribs is a food truck, not a restaurant, so check its Twitter feed for the latest information about its location and schedule. Currently its main stop is Newmarket Square (where this map pin is located), and it's also available for private events and makes appearances at various public events.

In true food truck form, the menu tends to vary a little bit each day, but in general it features items like ribs (of course) — they're pork, and during lunch shifts, a substantial portion is usually available for $8 (or $11 with a small side, like mac & cheese or baked beans).

Pulled pork, pulled chicken, and beef brisket also make regular appearances in sandwich form, slathered in sauce and nestled in a soft bun.

155 Southampton Street
Boston, MA 02118

15. Tennessee's Real BBQ

341 Cochituate Rd, Framingham, MA 01701
Tennessee’s BBQ food
Tennessee’s BBQ/Facebook

With locations in Framingham, Braintree, and Peabody, this fast-casual group smokes meats over hickory, apple, and cherry wood. The menu includes Memphis ribs, baby back ribs, and Texas beef ribs; pulled pork and chicken sandwiches; brisket; wings; and more. The house barbecue sauce has a tomato base with a hint of chocolate.

There are several group-friendly combos available, like the BBQ Feedbag for 6+ people ($89.95) — barbecue or Caribbean chicken, a slab and a half of Memphis ribs, two pints of boneless meat and eight rolls, a quart of barbecue beans, a quart of coleslaw, and six pieces of cornbread.

341 Cochituate Rd
Framingham, MA 01701

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16. Pit Stop BBQ

888A Morton St, Mattapan, MA 02126
Pit Stop Barbecue
Business Owner/Yelp

This tiny takeout joint, which has been around for more than three decades, is only open Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday, 2 p.m. to midnight. There are pork ribs, beef ribs, brisket, chicken (leg, breast, half, whole), a few sandwiches (chopped pork, beef sausage, and pork sausage), and various combinations of all of those things.

Side dishes include mac & cheese, Cajun rice, cornbread, and more, and there are a few desserts, including banana pudding and peach cobbler.

Barbecue sauce is available for purchase in a number of sizes, from three ounces up to a gallon.

888A Morton St
Mattapan, MA 02126

17. B.T.'s Smokehouse

392 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566
B.T.’s Smokehouse meat
B.T.’s Smokehouse/Facebook

Plan a little road trip 60 miles southwest of Boston to Sturbridge: B.T.'s Smokehouse is a worthy destination, featuring meats slow-smoked over apple and hickory, available in sandwiches of various sizes, platters with sides and cornbread, and more. Got a hungry group? Feed them all with the "whole hog" combo for $72 — a pint of pork and brisket, a rack of spare ribs, wings, three pints of fixins, and cornbread.

Also on the menu, there are fun items like andouille dog bites, sticky rib tips, and catfish po' boys, plus a few dessert offerings — bread pudding, brownies, and pecan pie squares. There's sweet lemon tea to drink, and B.Y.O.B. is permitted.

In addition to the restaurant, B.T.'s has a trailer and pops up at a variety of events — it's a favorite at the Brimfield Antique Show. Consult B.T.'s website for its event schedule.

392 Main St
Sturbridge, MA 01566

18. Kinfolks BBQ

5 Cape Rd, Taunton, MA 02780
Kinfolks BBQ
Kinfolks BBQ/Facebook

This truck operates from the Globe Liquors parking lot on Rt. 44 in Taunton. There are no picnic tables or other seating options nearby — plan on taking it to go or eating in your car. (Note: A brick-and-mortar location is in the works, opening on Centre Street in Middleborough around early 2019.)

Kinfolks serves up sandwiches (pulled pork, chopped chicken, or brisket) as well as ribs, chicken, pork, and brisket on their own or with sides like mac & cheese, yams, and baked beans.

Keep an eye out for weekend specials, like fried chicken and smoked turkey legs.

5 Cape Rd
Taunton, MA 02780

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