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A CT BBQ comparison (weigh in with your favorites!)

kattyeyes Dec 9, 2013 11:27 AM

It's always fun to try someplace new, but it should be at least as good as what's down the street from me at Taino Smokehouse in Middletown. Their brisket is consistently EXCELLENT and WE LOVE IT! Also a big fan of Little Mark's from way back.

So what about any of the following? Can you compare/contrast/weigh in?

Bear's Smokehouse - Windsor

Flagstead Smokehouose - Farmington

Chester's Barbecue - Groton

Taino Smokehouse - Middletown

Little Mark's Big BBQ - Vernon

Anything else worth a special trip? Please do tell.

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  1. kattyeyes RE: kattyeyes Dec 9, 2013 05:40 PM

    Not particularly enjoying "The Sounds of Silence" here. I miss you, old Southern New England board...we used to have some pretty delicious conversations in years past. :( Oh, well.


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      bagelman01 RE: kattyeyes Dec 9, 2013 05:55 PM

      I I'm stuck flying in/out of Bradley instead of White Plains, I like to stop at Nat Hayden's Real Pit BBQ on Broad Street in Windsor. Really good food and sauce that is not overpowering.


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        kattyeyes RE: bagelman01 Dec 9, 2013 06:48 PM

        Thank you, bagelfriend. Let's see if others join your voice. ;)

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          bagelman01 RE: kattyeyes Dec 10, 2013 03:36 AM

          BBQ is not something I often eat out. Last year our town finally gave in and let me build a small brick smoke building (looks like a brick sh*thouse with a small stovepipe through the roof) so I tend to smoke and make my own briskets, and poultry

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            kattyeyes RE: bagelman01 Dec 10, 2013 04:50 AM

            Very nice! I have friends in Serbia who have the same. Lucky you (and lucky for your family, too!).

            By the way, Nat Hayden's is moving, so I can't take you up on your tip this week, but I'll definitely save it for when they're moved in.

            "The big news is that Nat's is moving down the street to 144B Broad St. in the Windsor Center Plaza. It will be a bigger, better Nat's with plenty of seating, an expanded menu, full service and draft beer!

            We will be closing our old location after service on Sunday, Dec. 8th and opening at our new location roughly one week later. Stay tuned here and on our Facebook page for construction updates!"


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        stamfoodie RE: kattyeyes Dec 11, 2013 07:25 AM

        Katty, think you mean old tri state. Couldn't agree more. Find it hard to care about Nantucket, Northhamption, Cape cuisine.

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          kattyeyes RE: stamfoodie Dec 11, 2013 07:40 AM

          Yes--all that is great for people who live there/go there. But it certainly isn't my area. Seems we lost quite a few voices along the way. Meanwhile, I thought you were gonna recommend some BBQ down your way! Do you ever get to The Cookhouse--the last one still standing in New Milford?

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        Clams047 RE: kattyeyes Dec 10, 2013 04:13 AM

        There is really only one place for BBQ in CT (actually all of New England and perhaps north of the Carolinas) - It's Kit Kats in Pawcatuck - http://www.kitkatsbbq.webs.com/

        Far from a fancy place (of course who would expect decent BBQ from such), but outstanding BBQ and sides.

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          kattyeyes RE: Clams047 Dec 10, 2013 04:48 AM

          Gotta save that for a day with more travel time, but thanks!

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          Bkeats RE: kattyeyes Dec 10, 2013 05:58 AM

          Have not been to any of those you listed. Has anyone tried the BBQ place on Route 1 in Madison if I recall the location? They are on the north side and I have noticed the big smoker in the middle of the lot. I am usually driving by it on the way to/from Clam Castle and have been wanting to try the place.

          There used to be the BBQ place in Branford that was on top of the hill and it sucked. As a southerner, I am usually disappointed by the BBQ I find in New England.

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            kattyeyes RE: Bkeats Dec 10, 2013 06:33 AM

            Not sure re Route 1--is it this?

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              L2k RE: kattyeyes Dec 12, 2013 06:59 AM

              I was thinking it might be this:


              I like http://www.southernqbbq.com/wb2/, in Meriden.

              And Sturbridge isn't far from CT, if you haven't been to BT's Smokehouse, you're missing out. Best Q in Massachusetts.

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                kattyeyes RE: L2k Dec 12, 2013 07:28 AM

                It has been several decades since I put my "rump on a stump!" But The Place doesn't do BBQ, really--more a place for clams and lobsters with stuff thrown in for folks like me who don't want to eat clams and lobsters. ;)

                I hear great things about BT's, thank you. Will get there someday.

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                  benbenberi RE: kattyeyes Dec 13, 2013 05:28 PM

                  Yeah, The Place is basically a season-long open-air clambake -- what you see from the road isn't a smoker, but a great big raised fire pit for grilling seafood, corn, chicken, etc. It can be very good & a lot of fun, but it's definitely NOT BBQ.

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                  Bkeats RE: L2k Dec 16, 2013 07:15 AM

                  Its not The Place in Guilford. They don't do BBQ there. I think the link that kattyeyes has is the spot. Haven't been there but I was interested in finding out if anyone has tried it. Anyone know if its open in the winter or is it seasonal?

            2. meatme RE: kattyeyes Dec 11, 2013 03:46 PM

              Have you ever visited the Pig Trip site? It has a directory of pretty much every BBQ place in the Northeast and detailed reviews of most.


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                kattyeyes RE: meatme Dec 11, 2013 06:35 PM

                Thank you--yes, I was perusing Pig Trip the first night that was rather silent here. Very handy reference! P.S. I love your name--pleased to "meat" you.

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                temilove RE: kattyeyes Dec 14, 2013 08:57 AM

                Try where the old Ash Creek saloon was in Norwalk, CT. I believe it is called The Old Mill Smokehouse .... And the Dry Rub on the ribs is AMAZING. Ash Creek never had this. They have new owners, new specials, and a way better menu ..

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                  kattyeyes RE: temilove Dec 14, 2013 10:20 AM

                  OOH, now this sounds fun!

                  Can't find their menu, though. I'm a brisket girl--how is theirs?

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                    temilove RE: kattyeyes Dec 16, 2013 08:02 AM

                    Honestly, not sure, We all had the Dry-Rub Ribs, The Table next to us loved the Brisket...but I did not taste it yet for myself.. You will have to tell me!

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                      kattyeyes RE: temilove Dec 16, 2013 08:31 AM

                      :) Will do if I get there!

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                        temilove RE: kattyeyes Dec 16, 2013 09:00 AM


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                  Connecticut Digested RE: kattyeyes Dec 16, 2013 09:37 PM

                  Here are my favorites of the places that still exist -

                  1. SouthernQue BBQ
                  2. Smoke & Bones (sandwiches are the go to)
                  3. Taino Smokehouse
                  4. Smokey Joe's
                  5. Riverview BBQ

                  I like Dinosaur BBQ as I lived in Buffalo for awhile and it was the best you could get for BBQ in the armpit of America. Might just be nostalgia however.

                  A lot of people I've talked to liked Smokin With Chris, but I'm pretty indifferent. It may just be that it's a bit pricey and I wholeheartedly think BBQ should be pretty cheap.

                  You could also check out Hen House in Southington. They are more southern fried than BBQ, but there are a few decent items on the menu.

                  The Cookhouse wasn't worth the trip 5 years ago when they decided to branch out and I still don't think it's worth the trip now that they are back to just the New Milford location.

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                    BiscuitBoy RE: Connecticut Digested Dec 17, 2013 06:30 AM

                    Isn't southernque the trailer in some guy's driveway? I've never had the chance to try, as he never seems to be open...and I believe riverview is closed

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                      kattyeyes RE: BiscuitBoy Dec 17, 2013 06:38 AM

                      YUP re SouthernQue--indeed, 'tis!

                      "Open Thur-Sat 11:00 am-8:00 pm"

                      What do you like at SouthernQue, CTDigested?

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                        Connecticut Digested RE: kattyeyes Dec 17, 2013 12:22 PM

                        Is everything an answer?
                        It's Carolina BBQ which you don't see very often outside of Carolina.

                        Pulled Pork sandwich with the sauce and coleslaw on the roll is probably the star of the menu.

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                          kattyeyes RE: Connecticut Digested Dec 17, 2013 01:00 PM

                          :D Works for me--thanks!

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                    debvil RE: kattyeyes Dec 18, 2013 05:53 PM

                    BT's Smokehouse in Sturbridge is AWESOME!

                    in CT I love the brisket at Taino's

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                      Ima Foodie RE: kattyeyes Feb 18, 2014 02:35 PM

                      I've been to the new uncle willies fairfield location several times and have enjoyed it a lot.

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