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Best BBQ in Boston Area? Need Rec.

My husband's birthday is on Monday and he loves good BBQ. We are still relatively new to the area and live in Milton. I need a recommendation for a place for dinner for Sunday night. Anywhere within an hour's drive is fine. Thanks in advance.

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  1. If he likes Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs, I recommend Uncle Pete's in Revere; website is unclepetes.com if you want to see their menu.

    1. You might get some more suitable answers if you have a specific idea about BBQ. Is his preference for pulled pork? Pork spareribs? Beef ribs? Beef brisket? Burnt ends? I am assuming he means real BBQ (rubbed and then slow cooked for many hours at low temperatures), not faux BBQ, where the meat is parboiled, thrown on a grill and slatered in a sauce.

      The reason I note this is that there are a handful of places that are well regarded -- like Blue Ribbon BBQ and Uncle Pete's, for example -- that are better in certain types of BBQ than others. As has been hotly debated on this board many times in the past (if you search it for BBQ, you will see).

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      1. re: Karl S

        He definitely knows really BBQ. Prefers pulled pork then pork spareribs with brisket at the end. His preference is Kansas City style over Carolina style sauces. I am looking for something that will also be a nice sit down as well. Someone mentioned Fireflies...what is the general opinion? Thanks.

      2. If you're looking for a festive sit-down meal, I recommend East Coast Grill in Cambridge, which has great barbecue but also great non-barbecue options, with an emphasis on seafood. (It's hard to imagine someone who loves barbecue not loving East Coast Grill.)

        Blue Ribbon and Uncle Pete's both offer great barbecue -- perhaps the two best in the city -- but they're not really full service restaurants in the same way the ECG is. If you want to throw a great party at home, get take out from Blue Ribbon, but if you're looking for a festive meal in a restaurant, ECG is the place for you.

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        1. re: Blumie

          I love East Coast Grill as well (and I agree that it has the most festive atmosphere of the local places), but with one caveat re the OP's specifics (posted after Blumie's response). ECG's pulled pork is great, but it's distinctly Eastern NC-style with a pepper and vinegar sauce. I love the burnt ends, which have ranged from very good to smack-the-table transcendent -- those might be more in the KC-style requested. I'm a northerner, so I'm pretty happy with any style as long as it's good, but I know southerners who are pretty strong in their regional preferences.

          I agree that Blue Ribbon is definitely best for take-out or very casual meals; Uncle Pete's has a very casual-dining vibe, but they do have plenty of seating. It's quite friendly and could be considered festive, though certainly more downmarket than ECG.

        2. Spitfires BBQ in Canton is great-more for takeout than sit down, restaurant, but its close to you and delish!

          1. Try, Fireflys BBQ, locations in Framingham & Marlboro. So far I like the Steak Tips, Ribs, Fried Chicken, like the pulled pork although sometimes they sauce too much. They catered our wedding and were great !!

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            1. re: Archimedic

              Their chicken wings are awesome. Avoid the fish, especially on Monday. I could smell my mahi halfway down the bar.Sides can be hit or miss. The brisket is one of the best around.There is a pickle and sauce bar. Nice touch. Memphis BBQ is my fave .