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Soul fire in Brighton

Has anyone been to this place lately? Still worth going?

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    1. Definitely worth going. Their ribs and fried chicken are still really good.

      1. We ate there a few days ago. It is my favorite barbecue place in the area. For 3 or 4 reasons:

        1. The side dishes can be really, really good. Cornbread, potato salad, baked beans ... not always fantastic but sometimes are and always good.
        2. Food is not sweet. I've been to Blackstrap, for example, and while it's obvious they care about the BBQ process, their food is way too sweet for my taste. Soulfire has a fiery sauce that isn't sweet at all and which mixes well with their other sauces. (They have a sweet sauce, labeled as such.)
        3. The smoked chicken is always really good. And really smoky.
        4. People have very strong feelings about ribs. I find both their spare and baby back ribs to be meaty in taste and mouthfeel. I also like fat on mine, meaning I don't like when the fat has been rendered away, which often means too high a temp.

        In general, I don't "rate" ribs because talk about "smoke rings" and the like don't convey actual taste to me. I like BT's ribs but most around here just aren't to my taste. Soulfire seems committed to the essence of BBQ, which is that it's a process that must be repeated over and over.

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        1. re: lergnom

          i agree about their bbq, but personally, i find their sides way too sweet for me- cornbread, potato salad, coleslaw.....

          1. re: lergnom

            A smoke ring is an indication that the meat actually has been smoked, a crucial step that many "barbecue" restaurants in New England seem to miss somehow. I think that people sometimes miss the point and think that the smoke ring is the whole point, and it's not, but it is a valid indicator of whether something's legit or not.

              1. Anything pork or chicken is fine, they have no idea what they're doing with beef.

                1. It's the best BBQ in Greater Boston, which obviously isn't saying much, but hey. I guess the exception is the beef rib at Redbones. And BT's is in a different geographic area. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that it is very worth going.

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                    1. re: LilBrownBat

                      Blue Ribbon has been pretty spotty the last 3 years or so since they started smoking their meats off-site at a commissary. Sometimes same as the old days, some times downright terrible. I used to be a huge BR fan, but not so lately.

                      1. re: LilBrownBat

                        yup I don't like blue ribbon most of the times I have it

                    2. We've had the fried chicken a couple of times in the last few months. It's cooked to order, crispy, juicy and well-seasoned. It even holds up to a 20-minute ride home. Sorry, I can't remember the sides except the bbq potato chips on the passable mac and cheese.

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                      1. re: bear

                        Has anyone had the $12 all you can eat wings at Soul Fire? The special is on Mondays from 5pm-11pm. How are their wings?

                        1. re: buffet king

                          yes, we did that a number of times and when I posted about it, got major slammed for calling them 'bbq wings' which they apparently are not, in that they are deep fried and then tossed in a bbq sauce. (you were smart enough not to call them BBQ or you, too, would be swimming in a pool of fire....) If you can eat a lot of them and you don't mind the sweetness of the otherwise potentially very good sides, you might find it very worthwhile there for those Monday nights.

                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                            "Major slammed"? "Swimming in a pool of fire"? Here's the thread about the Soul Fire wings:

                            There are a LOT of digressions in this thread, and a lot of discussion among other posters that doesn't really have much to do with your own comments, but I don't see anybody being horrible to you about calling the wings BBQ, just a bunch of explanations of why they aren't, in fact, BBQ, even if they are dressed with BBQ sauce.

                            The closest thing I saw to "major slamming" was the argument about whether or not the wings at Buff's are better than what any corner pizzeria in upstate New York sells, but that certainly wasn't directed at you.

                          2. re: buffet king

                            I went several years ago and was unimpressed. Slow service, and I wasn't a fan of either their wings or their sauces.

                            In general, I like Sweet Cheeks and Blackstrap with their spicy sauces over Blue Ribbon and Redbones.