Where to Find the Best Local BBQ

At EEW we tend to associate summer with BBQ (although we love it all year round). We’ve talked a lot over the years about summer grilling – whether you’ve got the tools to do it yourself at home or you take advantage of one of the many free grilling spots around town. But what about when you’re in the mood for real BBQ – the kind that takes days of meat prep, marinating, and smoking? Most of us don’t have time for that- so here’s where to head around Watertown for the tastiest downhome BBQ around:

  • Since its first location opened in Arlington in 1995, Blue Ribbon BBQ caught on right away as one of most sought-after spots for authentic southern BBQ. Their selection is huge, and everything’s good. Try their Feedbag for 4, which includes a slab of St. Louis cut ribs; a half BBQ or jerked chicken; a pint of meat, brisket, or burnt ends; and a few sides, along with cornbread, rolls and their signature sauces. Available for inside eating or delivery.

  • Newer to the Boston area is Kenmore Square’s Sweet Cheeks, which manages to be both authentic and totally original, thanks to the inventive touch of owner and former Top Chef contestant Tiffani Faison. So along with St Louis pork ribs and collard greens you’ll find All Natural Pork Belly served with watermelon slices tossed with queso fresco and fresh herbs. It’s all here – pulled meats, brisket, fried chicken plus all the sides. Check out the Carolina Cuban Sandwich, with pulled pork, smoked pork loin, cheddar, swiss, pickles, and BBQ mustard – one of our faves. Available for inside eating, delivery, and private parties.

  • No talk of Boston area BBQ can be complete without including Redbones, a Davis Square institution that’s been serving up its signature platters of ribs, pulled meats, and sides for over 25 years. After decades of operating out of their same Somerville spot, you can’t beat Redbones for its consistency of good solid BBQ offerings, impressive draft beer selection, and friendly service. Available for inside eating, local delivery, and catering. 

  • If you hit up the Watertown Farmer’s Market as often as we do on Thursdays, then no doubt you’ve seen the folks from TexMex Eats! OK, they’re not traditional southern BBQ - but TexMex Eats deserves a mention here for their spectacular take on brisket and pulled pork alone. As in their Low n’ Slow Beef Brisket in Traditional Tejas BBQ sauce, along with their Pulled Pork in Tangy Citrus-Chipotle BBQ sauce. Their sides are unreal, too – we’re obsessed with their Texas Style Potato Salad and Texachusetts Corn Salsa … YUM. Is it Thursday yet??