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Anyone have experience with RedBones catering?

Looking for BBQ catering and my first choice has a $1600 minimum. Redbones prices are more my budget. Used to live near there years ago and loved them but haven't eaten there since moving to the 'burbs. A quick search showed nothing negative but nothing raving either.

Any feedback would be great…

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Red Bones BBQ
55 Chester Street · Somerville, MA 02144

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  1. Eaten there and have gotten take out but have not gotten the catering. By far the best Q in Boston however.

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      1. re: folkface

        Care to elaborate? Your response is not informative nor helpful.

      2. re: Mickav8r

        IMO blue ribbon bests redbones by far

      3. About 5 years ago my employer had redbones catering. I was on the selection committee, between them and blue ribbon and some other place. We went with redbones and it was excellent. The next year, we went with the the forgettable place, no good. After that, a smaller group at work ordered redbones a couple times, always delicious, more quantity than expected and really good. You will be pleased, I would be willing to bet!

        1. BT's Smokehouse is the best barbecue in the general area.

          The chef is a graduate of the culinary institute of america and a perfectionist as well as uses the highest quality meats. The few times I have dined at Redbones - admittedly I have not been there for awhile - I was very disappointed with the quality of the meat. The downside of BT's Smokehouse is that it's in Sturbridge (about an hour drive from Boston).

          If you are willing to drive to pick up the barbecue - it'd be both outstanding cuisine as well as cost effective. My favorites are the brisket and pork ribs.

          Try it, you'll love it!

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          1. re: CambridgeFoodie

            They were my first choice (love their brisket!) but they have a $1600 minimum which is outside my budget and therefore not cost effective. Throw in close to a 4 hour round trip drive from my house, on the same day of the party makes them not only even less cost effective it's not time effective either.

            1. re: foodieX2

              The minimum that you mention is for full-service catering, correct?

              The list a full pan of brisket (which feeds 75 - 100 people) for $270...not bad. This is the pick up price.

              But I hear you, the drive is a bummer but that brisket is soooo good!

              Have a great party!

              1. re: CambridgeFoodie

                Yup, I need full service catering, not take out. This is so not a DIY event, LOL.

                Still trying to finalize the band, tent and bartenders..

                1. re: foodieX2

                  Sounds like a swank party...I guess it will come down to value.

                  If brisket is your thing (as it is mine) and BT's is a 10 - I'd give Blue Ribbon a "6" and from what I remember, Redbones a 5 or even 4 (I remember it being dry and not well smoked).

                  Let us know what you decide! One other option is to hire a local catering company to do a pig roast...I've never heard of anyone complaining about a pig roast!

                  Good luck!

                  1. re: CambridgeFoodie

                    That was my first thought but they are $$$ and according to Brian at BT's you need at least 40-60 people to make a pig roast worth while. This party won't have more 25-30…

                    Maybe for the next big birthday!

          2. I've never had Redbones catering. But, I did go to a party a few years ago, catered by Blue Ribbon BBQ. My friends were thrilled with the level of service as well as food quality. I'm not the biggest BBQ eater but thought it was fine. It did seem that Blue Ribbon did go above and beyond and there was a ton of food leftover so that guests could bring home leftovers.

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            1. re: beetlebug

              Have you tried M&M Ribs? As you love BT (the best for sure) I think you might find M&M closer to the type of barbecue you're looking for.

              1. re: teezeetoo

                I have tried M&M Ribs. It's been years though. In the mid 90s, when I worked in Roxbury, I went to their truck and the sit down place in Dot. I did enjoy the ribs and the sauce. But, the original Speed dog would always win if we had the time.

                I've never tried BT and don't see myself driving out to Sturbridge for BBQ. But, it's a good option if I have to drive to CT, NY or western Ma.

                1. re: beetlebug

                  you might check them out as they have become more sophisticated than back in the 90s and they cater. i have to say i'm not a huge fan of either Redbones or Blue Ribbon. Soul Fire in Allston is better, I think, though on a day when I must have the pig, any of them will do.

            2. FWIW, Red Bones catered the family picnic event at my college reunion 4 years ago and it was memorably mediocre - the pulled pork was completely devoid of any pork or any other flavor. I was quite disappointed.

              By way of comparison, my favorite BBQ in MA is BT's (really love the brisket) though I also enjoyed Soul Fire during a recent visit. Blue Ribbon is convenient enough to me that I go pretty frequently and find it at least decent, if not as consistently good as it used to be (West Newton location.)