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Aug 6, 2001 01:04 PM

Best BBQ Brisket

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Who makes the best slow smoked BBQ brisket it the Boston area?

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  1. I'd have to nominate Blue Ribbon BBq in West Newton or Arlington.

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    1. re: David

      I would have to second that. There Brisket is the best in the boston area. Jake's Boss in Jamica Plain has a damn good Brisket as well.

    2. Guys -- I just wanted to remind everyone about Blue Ribbon's freaking amazing brisket. (Thought I'd reuse an old thread here).

      I know it's too hot to think about big plates of meat, but I had a plate of brisket, grits, and beets on Sunday and was reminded how good their smoke ring is, how succulent the brisket, and what a good value it all is -- under $15 with a glass of sweet tea.

      If you have central air and are looking to take home food tonight, remember Blue Ribbon in Arlington and West Newton. I've found little to no variation between the two spots.

      How's the brisket at Soul Fire?

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      1. re: yumyum

        Soul Fire is disappointing. I didn't taste the brisket, but the ribs were dry, the mac and cheese tasted like easy mac, and the collards (w/ bacon) were sweet... yuck. I only had a little bite of chicken, but it tasted ok, fairly moist but no smoke flavor. The sausage has a tiny spice kick but it's dry. Nothing amazing, but my nonhound friends liked the place a lot.

        1. re: yumyum

          I had Blue Ribbon brisket yesterday for lunch and, as usual, it was as delicious as it was voluminous. I generally lean towards ribs and pulled pork when having BBQ, but my favorites for brisket in the area are:

          - Blue Ribbon
          - East Coast Grill
          - Lester's

          The one time I had brisket at SoulFire it was just OK. In 4 visits to SoulFire, I've had high highs and low lows, with more highs than lows.

        2. it used to be jake's boss for me, but now it's east coast grill. had it a couple of weeks ago, and it was so tender, juicy, and, well, fatty. the brisket i had at soul fire wass dry, but the owner said you could ask for an untrimmed piece. i had to slather on some sauce, which for me is a no-no. good brisket should be eaten sans sauce, if done correctly! haven't had blue ribbon in a while, but i remember it being good . . .

          1. For BBQ brisket, I also have to go with Blue Ribbon. While their ribs are WAY behind the beauties at Uncle Pete's, their brisket is consistently delicious.

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            1. re: Bostonbob3

              Wow, gotta differ with you on the ribs, Bostonbob. IMHO, Blue Ribbon's are a thing of beauty. Big, meaty, smokey, and tender with just enough chew. Uncle Pete's, on the other hand, I thought were small (babybacks perhaps?) and way overcooked to the point of being dried out. In all fairness, I've been to Blue Ribbon probably a hundred times and to Uncle Pete's once, but there's a reason for that.


            2. Uh-oh, it's a rib Battle Royale! Regarding the small ribs you ate at Uncle Pete's, you may have actually had their baby backs. Which I NEVER order at any true BBQ place. Try the pork spare ribs, or if you're more into beef, the Texas ribs. I love my BBQ, and have attended Memphis in May and the American Royale competitions more times than I can count. IMHO, Uncle Pete's pork spare ribs (I believe they're called Wicked Pork Ribs on the menu) absolutely blow away Blue Ribbon's. On the other hand, I think Blue Ribbon's brisket kills Uncle Pete's.

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              1. re: Bostonbob3

                Hmmm. Maybe I didn't order right. I, too, will always go for the pork spare ribs, not the baby backs. I'll have to give Uncle Pete another shot next time I'm in Revere.