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Jun 24, 2013 07:47 PM

Awesome grill store discovery today!

If the guys who run this place ever hear about this review, they will laugh because I think I bought the second cheapest grill they sell. But not only were they nice about it when I inquired over the phone, but they were even better in person. So I thought I would share this little retail gem.

I am an avid outdoor cook. I have been shopping in all types of stores all over the country for years now - high end and big box etc. And my general take away is that nobody has figured out this business model. And purchasing or replacing something like a basic gas grill can be a total hassle. The most frustrating thing is that It is so difficult to find anyone in a retail setting who has any time and /or knowledge available for you when you need it. I think because it is considered "seasonal".

If you have ever felt this way, you will love this place! It is called Foster's of Gloucester.

It is not fancy. In fact it is behind an attached gas station. But stay with me here. They have a great selection of all kinds of grills. They have a nice large showroom, and these folks know the products. Everything you find in the upscale places. Several things that caught my eye, that I never even saw online! SO I already need to go back. If I were designing a high end home outdoor cooking set up I would do it through there guys. If I was cash strapped and needed something very basic that was in stock, this would be my first choice too. If I was a contractor, I would work with them.

Gloucester sounds like the end of the earth to some. But this place is like two minutes off of 128. So many fun options around here. Well worth the drive. I just LOVE this area. I should have stopped for lunch!

Hope this is helpful!

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  1. 2nd this place! I got my Weber Smokey Mountain Smoker here, and they were very helpful. They also carry Big Green Eggs.

      1. If you're looking a little closer to Boston try:

        A bit off the beaten path, but very nice little shop with a wide variety of both grills and smokers .

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        1. re: Msample

          BBQ barns pricing on charcoal at least is 2X the price of the same brands at say Arax in Watertown...

          1. re: StriperGuy

            I agree. It is nice to have a place like this nearby, and they do carry all sorts of replacement parts that are hard to find elsewhere, but you will find no bargains at BBQBarn.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              Also the little butcher shop in Coolidge Square Watertown is a real stickler about his charcoal, his clientele demands it. He had some funky brand I had never heard of for $16 for a 20# bag. Haven't even opened it but I am sure it great stuff.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                Are you referring to the halal butcher that at least used to be vaguely across the street from Massis? It's been a long while since I shopped there. Got some amazing lamb the last time. (Since I have been a member of a meat CSA I have not spent much time in butcher shops.)

                On the other hand, sources for good charcoal are always welcome news, as are sources for good hardwood chunks. Slow-smoked a chicken in my Weber a few weeks back just using hickory (no charcoal). Amazingly good.

                1. re: PinchOfSalt

                  Marty's in Newton has 20lb bags of hardwood lump for $18ish. I've seen two different brands (not at the same time), Basque and Parker, both of which I've been happy with. I like to get WIcked Good when I can but there seems to be no convenient local sources lately.

                  1. re: PinchOfSalt

                    No this place has always been inside the grocery store across from the diner. Coolidge Variety and Deli.


                    The butcher is delightful. The charcoal is always top notch. Just don't by Cowboy that stuff is junk these days. Good to know Marty's has good stuff. Arax usually does as well.

                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      I used to buy Cowboy brand, until a year or two ago, when I noticed that most of the pieces were from 2 x 4's.

                    2. re: PinchOfSalt

                      I've always been happy with Big Green Egg brand lump charcoal. Also in a pinch, whole foods brand lump was pretty decent.

                    3. re: StriperGuy

                      Great to know, Striper. Thanks! I love that little store. I forget the name of the butcher in the back, but he's a doll. I have a couple of bags of the Whole Foods stuff to work through, but will snag a bag from Coolidge Provisions next time I'm in the area.

                      1. re: bear

                        I think the butcher's name is Nick.

                2. Thanks for posting this. I called them and they carried the small Weber table top grill I've been looking for(it has a built in temperature gauge). Home Depot carries it on their web site but doesn't stock it. I ran up there to pick it up, and without any additional charge, they even put it together for me. They do have an array of accessories including something I never thought I would want or need.... a JalapeƱo Pepper grill accessory that has holes to hold the peppers. Now why didn't I think of that?? A great place...nice people too. Thanks again for letting us know about it.

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                  1. re: catsmeow

                    Oh I am so glad to hear that this worked out for you. And them.

                    I am newish here, so I get a little shy when it comes to posting.

                    One other important thing that I forgot to mention is that they are open year round, as we say in around here.

                    I'm happy to see it get great reviews here. It is a very chow-y place!

                    1. re: nsgirl

                      Wait, do they have the Weber tabletop at Fosters? I see it on the BBQ Barn website but not Fosters. Does it work well and last, cause $69 seems like a nice buy for a little portable gas grill.

                      1. re: justbeingpolite

                        The one I got is $179 which is the same price Home Depot sells it for online. The Weber table top grills that are a bit larger are $200-229. I wasn't aware Weber made one for only $69. The Weber line I'm referring to is heavy duty like the larger floor standing models. Mine is the Q-120. They make a Q-100 that doesn't have the temperature gauge or the side shelves. The shelves are removable. The Q-200 line is a bit larger. Here's info on the line...

                        1. re: catsmeow

                          Oh, that's the Q120. I just got one too, it preheated to 500F in no time flat. There's a little cheap boxy tabletop model on the BBQ Barn website. Anyone have it or see it used? It's called the Gas-Go-Anywhere and it's on this page:


                          1. re: justbeingpolite

                            Haven't used the Gas-Go specifically, had something similar in college. Inconsistent heat, and those little propane canisters don't last long . You get what you pay for...I'd go for a Q series myself if you're looking for portable . You can either use the little cylinders, or hook it up to a standard gas grill tank.

                            1. re: justbeingpolite

                              Glad to hear it works well. Do you leave it outside?

                              1. re: catsmeow

                                Yeah, I got the cover, and leave it outside on the cart. As Msample suggests, I've hooked it to a regular tank. It was super easy to set up, and seems to run great. I'll be bringing it to tailgate at a Revs game next weekend.