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Dec 9, 2013 11:27 AM

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

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. 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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    1. re: kattyeyes

      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.

      1. re: bagelman01

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

        1. re: kattyeyes

          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

          1. re: bagelman01

            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!"


      2. re: kattyeyes

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

        1. re: stamfoodie

          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?

      3. 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 -

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

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        1. re: Clams047

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

        2. 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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            1. re: kattyeyes

              I was thinking it might be this:


              I like, 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.

              1. re: L2k

                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.

                1. re: kattyeyes

                  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.

                2. re: L2k

                  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. 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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              1. re: meatme

                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.

              2. 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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                1. re: temilove

                  OOH, now this sounds fun!

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

                  1. re: kattyeyes

                    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!

                      1. re: kattyeyes