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Jul 21, 2004 09:59 AM

BBQ in New Haven, CT area

  • m

I am new to the area and I am looking for real BBQ in the New Haven area (pulled pork, ribs, etc...). Is there any restaurant around here that has the real deal?

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  1. You should search this board for the many dicussions of CT barbecue. The short answer is that you're out of luck unless you want to drive about an hour or so. That said, there's a guy who parks his smoker on Cedar St. (outside the entrance to Yale-New Haven Hospital) and does a pretty credible Carribean jerk barbecue (ribs and chicken) for $5. Definitely worth a visit to stanch the craving.

    1. there are are a few great rib joints, but no real pulled pork..
      ive heard that Uncle Willies in waterbury (@ 20 mins from New haven)
      ive never been, but word is that its a good spot for BBQ/pulled pork/soul food style bbq.
      in new haven try The Amber on rt 17/Middletown Ave-(technically North Haven)...
      great ribs/ onion bricks/BBQ sauce...skip everything else and please dont go for the decor lol
      the other good rib joint is The Rib House-on Route 1 ...branford/east haven line.
      both these joints serve the wet sauced grilled ribs as opposed to dry rub/smoked.
      happy hunting!

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      1. re: nancy


      2. SouthernQue BarBQ, 70 Pomeroy Ave., Meriden, CT -- I haven't tried this place, but I hear that it's good. I am doing this by memory from a newspaper story. There is a guy from the Carolinas who moved to CT and couldn't find decent BBQ to his taste, so he opened up a real BBQ in front of his home in Meriden. I understand the pulled pork is very good. It is pretty much right across the street from the Meriden Cinema on Pomeroy Ave. Just look for a BBQ wagon parked on the lawn. From I-91 heading north to Meriden, exit #16 Main street, right at the light (Main St) and then another right on Pomeroy Ave. Immediately begin looking to your left for the BBQ.
        He is only open a couple days like Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I googled for a listing and got this: SouthernQue BarBQ 70 Pomeroy Avenue Meriden (203) 238-1542

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        1. re: Kevin

          Okay, I decided to try the pulled pork sandwich at SouthernQue in Meriden. It was delicious! It was moist, but not drippy with a smoky, sweet, spicy flavor. Very tender. I would definitely buy it again.

        2. Don't know if he's still there (heard a rumor of a fire), but Joe Grate's used to be on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden (little shack, right hand side heading out of New Haven). Started with a smoker in a parking lot on Dixwell. Very good barbecue.

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          1. re: Dave

            Sorry, I should have mentioned Joe earlier. He does good barbecue and is probably the best sit-down place within 10 miles of New Haven. I didn't mention it since he's been closed all summer after a car ran through the front of his restaurant. He's been doing neighborhood parties and such (I stood in line for an hour at one last month), but it's hard to pin him down. If/when he reopens it's worth a visit. Dixwell Ave. near the Hamden line. Nice folks there, too.

            1. re: Sweet

              Try BobbyQ's in Westport. Lots of options. Not cheap, but worth it to get great BBQ in CT!

              1. re: summerskl

                I second the ribs at the Amber in North Haven. And the onion brick is awesome if you're into fried food.

                1. re: jesoda

                  The Amber in North Haven is closed and has been for several years.

                  1. re: cheshirecat

                    No way! I had no idea. That stinks!

          2. New to the board (but not New Haven). I like the pulled pork and fried okra at The Cookhouse in Branford (although the brisket is dry), - when I want serious 'cue I still head to NYC.

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