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CnD Barbecue Grille in Wakefield

I just noticed this place, on Vernon Street where it meets Water Street today and decided to pick up some dinner.

It's a tiny place, takeout only. The owners are very friendly, especially Dana who seemed to be running the kitchen. Prices are a bit high (1 pint of pulled pork was $10.95, a pint of sausage cornbread stuffing was $7.95) but I don't mind paying a bit more for good quality food, especially BBQ which is so lacking in this area.

The pulled pork cames with a choice of Spicy BBQ sauce or Honey BBQ sauce, which comes on the side. The pork is very nice, moist and smoky and just fine without a sauce, IMO. However the Spicy BBQ sauce did work really well. I wish they'd also offer a vinegar sauce for a more North Carolina taste.

The Sausage Cornbread Stuffing was also very nice. It could have used more sausage, or perhaps more porky tasting sausage, and I think at that price I probably won't order it again soon, although I'll definitely be back for more pulled pork and to try the ribs and fried chicken. They offer a number of other sides as well, including macaroni and cheese. I don't think I saw a website mentioned on their takeout menu. I believe they are open Tuesday-Saturday, perhaps Sunday as well. It's on the menu and I'll post it later when I have that in hand.

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CnD's Barbeque Grille
10 Vernon St, Wakefield, MA 01880

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  1. Great find. We just stopped in and got a half rack of the pork ribs with the "hot" sauce- absolutely delicious. Its a vinegar sauce which does not at all overpower the meat. I want to try everything.

    Owners were very nice.

    1. $10.95 for a pint of pulled pork is actually cheaper than I paid for same at Blue Ribbon yesterday afternoon. $8 for a side is a little dear, though.

      Did you happen to notice if brisket or sausage were available?

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      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        Glad to hear that's comeptitive. My recent pulled pork experiences were in North and South Carolina where an entire meal with sides and sweet tea was $7 and I forgot to readjust my internal BBQ price bar :-)

        I didn't see brisket or sausage. Just got the menu:

        The name is actually CnD's Barbeque Grille (stands for Charlotte and Dana, the owners)
        10 Vernon Street, Wakefield
        T-F 11am-8pm
        Sat & Sun noon-8pm

        Menu includes: Ribs, chicken, pulled pork, "wings & parts", sandwiches- oh there's a pork hot sausage sandwich, and on weekends only potato salad ($4.95/pint) and sausage & cornbread stuffing ($7.95/pt). Lunch combos are $7.99 and they have meal combos as well.

        Sides: Baked Beans, Collard Greens, Macaroni & Cheese, Cole Slaw, Mashed POtatoes & Gravy, French Fries, Onion Rings, Cornbread.

        prices on sides range from $2.95 for a small to $8.95 for a quart

        They accept credit cards.

        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

          they have a "pork hot sausage" sandwich for $4.95. No brisket on the menu.

        2. Sorry pals, but I can't share the love for this place. The minute I spotted CnD, had to try it. Fried chicken is a weakness of mine. Waited a good long time to get very bland undercooked chicken. Eeeewww. The baked beans tasted right out of the can. Folks behind the counter were real nice and I wanted to love this place. Will give it some time and try again. My fingers and toes are crossed.

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          1. re: shaebones

            Oh, I'm sad to hear that! How long ago was that? They've only been open for a few months, so maybe it took them some time to figure things out. I was really hoping for great fried chicken around here...

              1. re: shaebones

                We tried CnD's last night. Great barbecue. 4 types of sauce: regular, spicy, honey BBQ & garlic. Dana, the BBQ chef, knows his way around a grill. St. Louis-style barbecue in four sizes. I got a serving which is four ribs. My husband loves pulled pork and he got a sandwich - very tender, just the right amount of spice in his opinion. All the expected sides - baked beans, collard greens, macaroni and cheese(of the homespun variety, good stuff), coleslaw, cornbread, more. They also have lunch combos, and catering services. Very nice folks, you feel good patronizing a business like this. And it was tasty!

                1. re: latertater

                  is the meat smoked at this place? i know some of you mentioned that the meat was smokey but i just want to confirm that they actually have a smoker and smoke the meat. Otherwise I will not waste the money, i can make pulled pork and ribs at home in the oven just fine. Real smoked bbq though is a lot more work than I have time for and would definately love to have a place to get it in wakefield where I live!

                  1. re: mwbachta

                    Good timing! I visited CnD's this weekend. They have a very large smoker on your right as you go in. The people working there are as nice as you will find. It's also very clean. Now for the food! It depends on what you order. On the upside, the ribs are very tasty. I tried both sauces, sweet and spicy and they were very good. Pulled pork is fantastic. It may be their best effort. Chicken wings were also cooked very well with sauce clinging to every bite. The fried chicken was as Shaebones described - undercooked and pale. The stuffing tasted like stovetop. It needs more meat and it really needs something to add flavor and moisture to it. Potato salad also needs something to distinguish it from the bland.
                    I will try it again soon though. It is absolutely the type of place you want to succeed. You can't go wrong with the ribs and pulled pork and I'll keep checking to see if the other items improve.

                    1. re: thanksgang

                      NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am very excited now. Saves me a trip to arlington blue ribbon or lesters in billerica. i usually load up on the meat and scip the sides anyways, save for collards.

                      1. re: mwbachta

                        Hi everybody. Finally had a chance to try CnD's BBQ grille yesterday!!! Here is what I thought.

                        Best ribs I have had in a long time. I have had my share of ribs in this area and I think these are the best I have bad so far. They are moist, very flavorful and just smokey enough. They are soo very tender, but hold their shape and dont turn to mush. The rub he uses is very basic but tasty as heck. I got the ribs with the spicy sauce which was not spicy at all by my standards, but "zippy" is a word i would use to describe it. One downside is that he put the sauce on the ribs for me, and i would have preferred it on the side. Again, these ribs are definately worth driving to.

                        THe pulled pork was just okay in my opinion. Not smokey enought and it did not have any chunks of "bark" mixed in which i love. Also, i have a hard time eating pulled pork without the carolina style vinegar sauce. CnD's does not offer this style of sauec which I found dissapointing.

                        The sides were very good. They were out of collards, which was sad for me. The potato salad was very good, but my gramma's is much better. The beans were delicious and the cornbread sausage stuffing was delicious.

                        The owners are awesome. "Big Dog" gave all of us waiting samples of the ribs and sides as we waited. Very nice touch. Service was a tiny bit slow, because they are new and still trying to find their groove i would guess.

                        I really hope this place does well, especially since I live down the street. The ribs are some of the best I have had in this area and the owners are great!! Please BBQ buffs, give this place a try! Keep in mind that it is takeout only and it is probably best to call ahead, especially if you want fried or bbq chicken because they make it to order (about 45 minutes). Also, the ribs are less smokey and charred than a lot of local places (Blue ribbon, lesters, etc). They are smoked, but more subtley so it is not overpowering. Ask for the sauce on the side if you like dry rub style ribs like I do. Honestly, these ribs don't need a drop of sauce!

                        My only advise to CnD if they read this site is to offer some carolina style vinegar sauce!!! Oh and start a web site too!