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Best bbq for greater Boston backyard wedding?

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boston_bride18 Jun 12, 2012 01:26 PM

Howdy all,

I'm a Texan transplant living in Boston and I'm planning a wedding next summer for greater Boston. I'd love to have barbecue at our wedding, but it's gotta be good. Like live-up-to-Texas standards good. Wood smoked, just enough spice, brisket and ribs. Any suggestions in the greater Boston area? I'm also not opposed to mail-order bbq from Austin, Tx area. Thanks!

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  1. jgg13 RE: boston_bride18 Jun 12, 2012 01:39 PM

    Mail order from Lockhart, Tx

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      boston_bride18 RE: jgg13 Jun 12, 2012 01:41 PM

      yeah you can't get much better in bbq than lockhart. thanks!

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        jgg13 RE: boston_bride18 Jun 12, 2012 02:25 PM

        Despite my snarkiness, I think the real answer depends on how much like Real Texas BBQ you're looking for. If you want something just like home, you're going to be disappointed. In particular, brisket isn't a strong point around here, IMO.

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      Madrid RE: boston_bride18 Jun 12, 2012 01:43 PM

      check out east coast grill catering. not sure it will meet your texan needs but check it. I"m an NC bbq girl so my favorites probably not yours. also check out sweet cheeks q. search this board to get other suggestions, such as blue ribbon, etc.

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        boston_bride18 RE: Madrid Jun 12, 2012 01:51 PM

        thanks! super helpful.

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          jgg13 RE: Madrid Jun 12, 2012 02:26 PM

          The biggest problem w/ sweet cheeks is that they purport to be texas style Q, but the absolute weakest thing on their menu is their brisket. It was *awful* the two times I went there, and from reports from friends of mine that's a pretty typical situation.

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            Gabatta RE: jgg13 Jun 12, 2012 03:32 PM

            and it's sort of a ripoff compared to other options...

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              jgg13 RE: Gabatta Jun 12, 2012 05:31 PM

              Depends on your viewpoint. Food only? Sure. But where else can I get BBQ of that caliber or better in a high rent 'hood like that which also has a full liquor license?

              Also FWIW they do the whole fancy sourced meat thing, which may or not matter to any particular persom

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                Gabatta RE: jgg13 Jun 12, 2012 05:44 PM

                The OP is looking for catering/take out. The meat sourcing may be of interest, but I don't think the neighborhood or in house bar are going to matter. I think she will find Sweet Cheeks significantly overpriced compared to other options with better que (BT's, Blackstrap).

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                  jgg13 RE: Gabatta Jun 12, 2012 06:32 PM

                  Sure if you want to look at it purely from a catering perspective. But even then, if I was in her position and lived in the logwood or Fenway areas, where could I get anything equivalent via takeout?

                  But no, obviously I wasnt replying in terms of their merits as a catering option. As a restaurant it has reasons for being more expensive than other options, and people who simply disdain it for being a "ripoff" without considering those are being silly.
                  I can get better Texas BBQ in Lockhart for less money than *any* local option but obviously that's also a silly comparison

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                    Gabatta RE: jgg13 Jun 12, 2012 06:51 PM

                    I was really just trying to be responsive to the OP. For her purposes, Sweet Cheeks would be highway robbery compared to the other locally available options. I must be tired as I don't get what bbq places 2k miles away have to do with this.

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                      jgg13 RE: Gabatta Jun 12, 2012 07:00 PM

                      Because if ones only care is food quality and not things like location, might as well go to the place with the best quality, no?

                      Anyhow, yes. For the OPs purposes, despit SC being the only place that purports to be Texas style, it's likely not what she wants to go with

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                        Jenny Ondioline RE: jgg13 Jun 12, 2012 09:08 PM

                        A place that doesn't trim the fat cap and slices the brisket an inch and a half thick purports to be Texas style?

                        And people believe her?

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                          jgg13 RE: Jenny Ondioline Jun 12, 2012 09:12 PM

                          That's what she claims. Clearly she doesn't succeed - it still astounds me that the thing that should be their crowning achievement based on that claim is their worst item.

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                            eatntell RE: jgg13 Jun 13, 2012 06:32 AM

                            The Sweet Cheeks chef was learning bbq on the fly, and never claimed that her menu is "authentic". She is no more a bbq chef than Warren is a Native American.

                            http://articles.boston.com/2011-06-09...

                            If OP is looking for authentic Texas bbq in Boston, she will be deeply disappointed. Perhaps something completely different (and unavailable in Texas)?

                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/853516

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                              jgg13 RE: eatntell Jun 13, 2012 07:34 AM

                              Interesting article, thanks.

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          Gabatta RE: boston_bride18 Jun 12, 2012 01:52 PM

          http://btsmokehouse.com/wordpress/?pa...

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            Msample RE: Gabatta Jun 12, 2012 03:34 PM

            +1 . BTs is very good, esp their brisket. He also can do some unusual stuff, like the pork belly and cranberry roll special he did earlier this spring. He just got a brand new trailer rig so hde can cook on site.

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              CookieLee RE: Msample Jun 12, 2012 04:27 PM

              yep, it's BT's you want.

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              trufflehound RE: Gabatta Jun 12, 2012 09:49 PM

              I've waxed poetically about BT's brisket here before and stand by my claim that they are the best BBQ in the state.

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                Luther RE: Gabatta Jun 13, 2012 06:34 AM

                The only decent BBQ in MA.

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                  AngerHeSmiles RE: Gabatta Jun 13, 2012 02:35 PM

                  Just did take out from BT's on my way home from NJ. Their stuff is top notch. Eating the Brisket for lunch tomorrow.

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                  purple bot RE: boston_bride18 Jun 12, 2012 06:24 PM

                  What about Tremont 647? As I understand it, Andy Husbands has won a few BBQ competitions and has a new BBQ cookbook.

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                    Jenny Ondioline RE: boston_bride18 Jun 12, 2012 09:06 PM

                    Lubbock native here, family roots in San Angelo and the hill country. Sad to say, you're gonna have to either adjust your expectations or do mail order. Brisket in particular is near impossible: Lester's will do in a pinch, every other brisket in town isn't worth the powder it would take to blow it to hell.

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                      boston_bride18 RE: boston_bride18 Jun 13, 2012 05:12 AM

                      Thanks all, lots of helpful information!

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                        eatntell RE: boston_bride18 Jun 13, 2012 06:44 AM

                        Make sure you sample a plate at your chosen restaurant before ordering a whole brisket or whole hog. Would like to hear from you after your tasting tests. As you may have noticed, connoisseurs of authentic bbq from the Southern states are in short supply in this forum.

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                          boston_bride18 RE: eatntell Jun 13, 2012 07:31 AM

                          i'll definitely let ya'll know what i end up deciding on and how my samples rate with bbq from back home.

                      2. kevinricci RE: boston_bride18 Jun 13, 2012 05:21 AM

                        If you don't check-out Dale Bishop's "Pig Picken", you'd be making a mistake (www.pigpickin.com). We've used them for 2 graduation parties and they were great.

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                          Karl S RE: kevinricci Jun 13, 2012 07:02 AM

                          Except that is pork-centric Carolina BBQ, rather than the beef-centric TX BBQ the OP is looking for.

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                            caj915 RE: Karl S Jun 13, 2012 05:13 PM

                            Not sure how you come to that conclusion? She said she was looking for ribs and brisket, Texas style...

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