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Best pulled pork in Boston?

unamuno200 Oct 29, 2011 04:41 PM

Where can I find the best pulled pork in Boston?

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    LStaff Oct 31, 2011 06:25 AM

    The pulled pork at Blue Ribbon usually ranges from B- to A+, mostly hovering in the B+ range. But when its smokey, it is tops.

    Have you tried Fire Box in Bedford for pulled pork? I had it once and it was pretty good and pigtrip.net gives it a thumbs up.

    1. StevieC Oct 30, 2011 11:25 AM

      The "Carolina Style" pulled pork at Blackstrap is absolutely amazing. (As is their mac&cheese...)

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      1. re: StevieC
        bear Oct 30, 2011 11:40 AM

        Yes, they've changed their mac and cheese. It is now really cheesy and the put some of their smoked onions in. Delicious.

      2. Locutus Oct 30, 2011 08:15 AM

        Redbones and Blue Ribbon have excellent pulled pork

        55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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          chuck s Oct 30, 2011 08:03 AM

          It's been a while, but I used to enjoy the pulled pork at the East Coast Grill. I has it regularly at the old Jake and Earl's when it was next door. What a loss when it gave way to ECG expansion.

          East Coast Restaurant
          1456 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester, MA 02122

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            cambridgedoctpr Oct 30, 2011 08:18 AM

            you can still get take out at ECG; just call and they will have it ready at the register.

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              hyde Oct 31, 2011 04:47 AM

              oh man. jake jacobs. now that was a man who knew from pork. his original place in roxbury was great, then Jake and Earls and even Jakes Boss BBQ across from doyles was very good. not sure what happened when they pulled him out of retirement to revamp the menu at Roadhouse, but i think the joint factors of the neighborhood and the management team was a moutain too big to scale.
              like burgers and beers at Tim's Tavern, gone, but how can you forget?

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              hyde Oct 30, 2011 06:39 AM

              ok, my experience. consistency is the demon, at several places you can get pretty good 'que but a week later you end up staring at your plate wondering " what happened?" that said,
              Blue Ribbon (arlington slight edge over newton) is okay for a fix, but not the place it once was.
              Soulfire can be good but the consistency thing is huge here. you can drink beer though.
              i have not ordered pork at Redbones in 20 years, cant imagine it has improved, not really their thing
              Redd's in Rozzie, liked the concept, like the people, stuffed eggs, commitment to local, but damn if the pulled pork just didnt have any smoke. (same problem recently at blue ribbon), surprising from a north carolina boy.
              Blackstrap in winthrop can do a nice job but their chicken is better and usually what i order when im out that way
              have moderate hopes for Midtown smokehouse in needham but have not gotten there yet.
              so in total i have to say that the best pulled pork in boston is actually in sturbridge, 55 mile to the west. what can i say? B.T.'s smokehouse, just off the pike, is on point more than any other joint i have been to. have not been disappointed here. just lucky? possibly
              off the path, had an excellent brisket sandwich at Goody Cole's smokehouse in brentwood, new hampshire. who knew?

              55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

              Redd's in Rozzie
              4257 Washington St, Boston, MA

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                bear Oct 30, 2011 07:07 AM

                I haven't had the chicken at Blackstrap, but I have to say that their pulled pork is currently my favorite, probably followed by Soulfire and then Blue Ribbon.

                I used a groupon at Redbones a couple of months ago, and found the pulled pork to be mushy the night I tried it. I haven't tried it since, so I don't know if it was an off night.

                55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

                1. re: hyde
                  Boston_Otter Oct 30, 2011 07:10 AM

                  I've had really good pulled pork at Redbones. I'd say if you haven't had it in 20 years you can't really judge the food there without giving it a try; yes, things change quite a bit in two decades. They've got a BBQ shack near MIT now, too.

                  1. re: Boston_Otter
                    bear Oct 30, 2011 08:05 AM

                    That's good to hear about Redbones. I hate to judge a place on one night, so I haven't written it off. I still prefer Blackstrap, though, but Everett isn't exactly convenient for me to get to so it's not in the regular rotation.

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                      hyde Oct 30, 2011 05:09 PM

                      fair enough, but reports on this board and accounts of friends do not have me clamoring for a return. been happy with blackstrap, easier to park too. will try their pork again now.

                      1. re: Boston_Otter
                        LovinYankeeBarbecue Oct 31, 2011 07:53 PM

                        In my opinion the barbecue at Redbones has gotten worse in the last 15 years. The first time I went there was probably 1995 or so, when they used to do the all-you-can-eat lunch special for $7. These days, I just don't find any of their barbecue (pulled pork, ribs, etc.) to have much flavor. I've pretty much made up my mind to order the fried catfish there from now on.

                        Blue Ribbon is good, but there really isn't any pulled pork in this town that's better than what you can make at home if you know what you're doing.

                        55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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                          hyde Oct 31, 2011 10:15 PM

                          i sadly agree.

                          1. re: LovinYankeeBarbecue
                            Gabatta Nov 1, 2011 04:54 AM

                            The same can be said for pretty much any dish if one "knows what they are doing".

                            I like the pulled pork at Blackstrap.

                            I have gotten both great and terrible pulled pork at Blue Ribbon.

                            1. re: LovinYankeeBarbecue
                              Boston_Otter Nov 1, 2011 05:07 AM

                              More for me, then. I've found their pulled pork to be way superior to Blue Ribbon of late, and their baby back ribs are one of the best things on the menu.

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