Blue Ribbon BBQ, in Arlington
Disclaimer: It's been years and years since I ate anything that one could call good 'cue.
My family and I ordered the meal for four, so we could taste a lot of what they offer at Blue Ribbon. We got ribs, pulled pork, and jerk chicken. I enjoyed everything a lot. There was A LOT of food, and lots of leftovers. The ribs were pretty much the "fall off the bone" variety, and I tend to like to fight a little for the meat, but the flavor was good. Three sauces accompanied the meat and I liked the tomatoey one that had some real zip to it, and the vinegar based, too. Sides were slaw (good!), baked beans (very good!), a container of thinly sliced pickle (great on a pulled pork sandwich) and ample cornbread. I had no room for chicken, but others liked it a lot.
This may all be old hat to you Boston hounds, but this little place will get my business again. The folks working there are very nice, too. I would have loved a beer or two with this meal, but it seems that Arlington is "dry"!
I notice that one of the "specialties" is pot likker with cornbread!
I love blue ribbon but have had 'fall off the bone' ribs there before. My most recent ribs were that way and it kind of dissapoints me. I had a conversation with one of the guys and I like the way he put it "Everyone has an off day with some things".
Maybe my ribs were just off. In the past they haven't been this way so I am not worried but I wouldn't refute that the meat was falling off the bone as I have experienced it in the past.
I don't know where you live or whether you prefer to eat in rather than take home, but I think the food is better at the West Newton Blue Ribbon, especially the baked beans. The Newton location doesn't have tables, but it does have several stools along a u-shaped counter. As a repeat offender, I've gotten to know the staff, who are generous with free samples to encourage tasting of new sides.
As for beer, I have seen several folks at the Newton location bring their own to the restaurant, but I don't know if that's permitted in Arlington.