If you’re traveling to Boston this summer, you probably won’t be taking your grill with you. We know, it’s necessary to have that charred goodness on your plate in regular rotation during the hot months, so fear not – there are plenty of barbecue restaurants in Boston to fill that rib, wing, and burger void. Take a bite out of these BBQ joints in Boston.
Redbones is special for a lot of reasons, but two of its best characteristics are that it’s off the beaten path in Somerville, and that it’s incredibly cheap. $9 is enough for dinner here, and you can expect all the savory goodness of pulled pork, sliced brisket, BBQ beef, grilled sausage, and fried catfish. Ribs come in Arkansas, Memphis, Texas, St. Louis, and baby back varieties – among many others. There’s also a Barbecue Belt combo, which combines three state styles of ribs with beans and coleslaw. Hungry yet?
55 Chester St Somerville, MA 02144 (617) 628-2200
Sure, they call themselves a steakhouse, but Whiskey’s is really a downhome bar that happens to have a ridiculous reputation for all things Buffalo and barbecue. A special section of their menu, Roadhouse BBQ Sandwiches, boasts tasty treats like a hickory-smoked pulled pork sandwich that’s been cooked for 14 hours over hardwood coals then hand-pulled and blended with a BBQ sauce and topped with sweet cream slaw. The Texas Smoked BBQ Brisket Sandwich is smoked brisket piled high on Texas toast with their Texas Inferno BBQ sauce.
885 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116 617 262 – 5551
Village Smokehouse BBQ
This is where southern hospitality meets an open pit Texas barbecue. They tout a “nothin’ fancy” atmosphere, so don’t expect your ribs to come out as a delicacy, but they will certainly be nothing short of satisfying. Its award-winning barbecue menu includes items like baby back pork ribs, beef ribs, sliced beef brisket, BBQ chicken, and Texas sausage.
1 Harvard St. Brookline, MA 02445 617-566-3782
Soul Fire BBQ
Boston’s Best BBQ, according to multiple press outlets, Soul Fire seriously reveres its smoked meat. Its owner calls their style of cooking “truly American” and says that most people just don’t have the time to do it right. It takes them 16 hours to turn pork shoulder into pulled pork, and by their standards (and most of their guests’) it’s worth every single minute. The restaurant prides itself on unique cooking processes for each kind of meat (chicken, pork, brisket, and rib). Read up on this on their website, or simply fill up your plate to find out.
182 Harvard Avenue, Allston – (617) 787-3003