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Best bbq for greater Boston backyard wedding?

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. re: jgg13

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

      1. re: boston_bride18

        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.

    2. 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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        1. re: Madrid

          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.

          1. re: jgg13

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

            1. re: Gabatta

              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

              1. re: jgg13

                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).

                1. re: Gabatta

                  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

                  1. re: jgg13

                    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.

                    1. re: Gabatta

                      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

                      1. re: jgg13

                        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?

                        1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                          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.

                          1. re: jgg13

                            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

          1. re: Gabatta

            +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.

            1. re: Gabatta

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

                1. re: Gabatta

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

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

                  1. 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.

                    1. Thanks all, lots of helpful information!

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                      1. re: boston_bride18

                        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.

                        1. re: eatntell

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

                      2. 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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                        1. re: kevinricci

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

                          1. re: Karl S

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