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Jun 25, 2008 03:55 PM


The last time i really enjoyed great ribs was on a buisness trip to Memphis . Any feedback would be apreciated abt these two or anyother ribs places

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  1. If your looking for Memphis style I'd go to Blue Ribbon.

    You then could campare Blue Ribbon to those great ribs from Memphis you had and post feedback here.

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    1. re: Infomaniac

      Yeah, of the two, Blue Ribbon, which in general is the best of a poor lot around here.

      1. re: Infomaniac

        As someone who grew up in Memphis, Blue Ribbon is the only place for passable BBQ in the Boston area. Redbones is terrible, and Uncle Pete's is OK but the Asian touches and sweetness throw me off when I am looking for something authentic.

      2. I have to disagree and vote for Uncle Petes. I think they have much better BBQ than any of the other locals, such as Blue Ribbon or Red Bones.

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        1. re: MeffaBabe

          I don't know what people complain more about around here BBQ or Mexican.
          I would have to go with Blue Ribbon, it will not live up to the ribs you had in Memphis (depending on where you ate) but it is much better than Uncle Pete's, which is overly smoked and a little too dry, also you wont have to deal with the disconcerting Asian touches that Uncles Pete's has on its menu that Blue Ribbon doesn't.

          1. re: jvish

            They should complain about BBQ b/c the Mexican has gotten a lot better!

        2. Try both and report back. There is no consensus on BBQ. Depends on what you like.

          For me, burnt ends at Blue Ribbon. Don't particularly like their ribs.

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          1. re: tdaaa

            We are going to blueribbon tonight and will report back. Thanks for the info

            1. re: eatenenough

              Pork ribs at Uncle Pete's...Everything else at Blue Ribbon.

              1. re: phatchris

                Completely agree. Uncle Pete's has the best pork loin ribs (IMO) but I don't really love anything else there. Then again, when I'm jonesing for pork ribs, I don't have to like anything else there.

            2. re: tdaaa

              >There is no consensus on BBQ. Depends on what you like.

              And it depends time of day, what day, what you order, what cut they give you, etc. BBQ can be quite variable, especially in this area.

              Been to BR many, many times over the last 4 years, but Pete's only once (on a Sat. afternoon) and I think BR wins hands down based on my limited experience at Pete's (take it fwiw) - unless of course you like everything sweet and asian influenced. A buddy of mine shared just about every meat on Pete's menu when we went and only the ribs were what we consider edible - PP was so slathered in a sweet soy/bbq sauce, brisket not tender and again slathered in sweet sauce, beef ribs were overdone, pork ribs were almost overcooked as well, but passable.

              But that said, I am starting to notice a slide in the quality of the meat at BR lately. Just doesn't have that smoky flavor (or the telltale smoke ring) it used to have when I first started going. Oh well, seems to happen in the Boston area, when places get too popular and start pushing out more and more. I'm thinking Lester's is at the top of the heap now.

              1. re: LStaff

                I have long been a BR fan dating back to the late 1990's when they opened and have noticed that the ribs I have been getting from the Arlington location have slipped a little in the last few visits. Much drier than usual. By way of background, I have been to Memphis -in May, Rendevouz, Jim Neely's etc, in Memphis and I have to say my new go to in Boston is SoulFire. Their ribs have now surpassed BR, Uncle Pete's etc. in my book. How come no love for SF here? itis a tough spot to get to, no parking etc. but do people not think it compares?

                1. re: Hambone Willy

                  I tried them when they first opened and I thought that their ribs were much better than what Blue Ribbon has been serving in recent years. I wasn't too impressed with their sides as I remember.

                  I tried going back to SF a couple more times, but after spending 25 minutes driving around looking for a parking spot, I eventually gave up. I keep meaning to check them again, but I always forgetting. Maybe with the kids gone for the summer, parking will be less of an issue.

                  1. re: Hambone Willy

                    You are right haven;t heard much abt Soul fire . What kind of ribs do they have is it dry rubbed Memphis style or the wet sweet stuff

                      1. re: eatenenough

                        memphis style in either baby back or spare ribs. I prefer their spareribs. I will say that I have probably eaten there 7 times, the rub can be inconsitent, cometimes heavy, sometimes light, but the smoke is always pretty good. I actually like their sides. Collard greens have nice chunks of meat in there and the fried mac and cheese dipped in their hot bbq sauce is the way to go. They serve good beers too, PBR, High LIfe, Brooklyn Ale, that you don't see everywhere. I can't help but think this place suffers being in a college section and a place with no parking but then again, the same is true for redbones and I just think that pace literally doesn't do ONE thing right with the BBQ (beer list another story).

                        1. re: Hambone Willy

                          Beer list has been going downhill too lately -lots of flagships and mediocre imports taking over the rare/high end microbrews - and the selection just doesn't change as much. Meanwhile the prices are going uphill in comparison to some other beer bars in the area.

                          But that said, occassionally you do get some really good bbq at bones, probably not worth going the 20 times or so to get that one good one though.

                      2. re: Hambone Willy

                        I recommend Soul Fire whenever I get the chance, and will do so now. As Hambone Willy mentions they also have beer, which is no small issue from my more novice BBQ perspective! I've also had no problem finding parking along Commonwealth when I've gone there.

                        1. re: Hambone Willy

                          Just don't ever, ever, ever get the brisket. All I'm sayin'.

                    1. Is this the Revere Pete's or the East Boston Pete's? I loved Pete's in East Boston and so looked forward to going in Revere we much easier parking. However, I went twice and REALLY DID NOT LIKE. Thus, I would say hands down Blue Ribbon.

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                      1. re: debidokun

                        I think the tevere Uncle Pete's Is the reincarnation of the east boston one which closed.

                        1. re: Northender

                          Sorry you could not understand what I meant. I know they are by the same owner. What I was trying to say was I REALLY liked Pete's when they were in East Boston but think it went REALLY down hill once they moved to Revere.

                          1. re: debidokun

                            Gotcha - and I think I would agree. I also just liked the old location more too.

                      2. Pete was trained in Texas. As a result his beef ribs and brisket are the best in Boston. His pork items pale in comparison. So for pork ribs go to Blue Ribbon. Then there is burnt ends. Joe's BarBQue in Brighton is my favorite.

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                        1. re: professor shorthair

                          According to the Uncle Pete's website (, Pete learned about barbeque in Norfolk, Virginia, and his first interest was pork rather than beef.

                          A television profile of Uncle Pete's showed the preparation process, including slathering a rack of ribs with huge quantities of margarine before smoking. And I've tasted the greasiness in his barbeque, on the few occasions I've been there recently.

                          I much prefer Blue Ribbon to Uncle Pete's. Haven't been to SoulFire yet, although the messages here make me want to try it out soon.