BBQ is serious game so when picking THE best BBQ in Massachusetts you’re bound to ruffle a few feathers but here we go anyway. I love sooooo many barbecue joints. I don’t discriminate. Sweet BBQ. Mustard-based BBQ. Brisket. Ribs. Pulled pork and chicken. It’s all good to me. Just don’t go easy on those collard greens and corn bread, that can be my meal right there.

These picks aren’t my picks, that would just be one guy’s point of view. Instead I took a lot of time going through every article I could find that claimed they had the definitive best BBQ list in Massachusetts. They all differed so how could they actually each be the definitive list?? Mine is by no means “definitive” either – BUT – hopefully it’s the closest list we got! I took the top 5 from each list and gave their 5th place 1 point, 4th place 2 points, 3rd place 3 points, 2nd place 4 points, and 1st place 5 points. Then I added up the points… and this countdown popped out!

So thank you to all of our sources, including: Food Network, Only In Your State, Best Things in Mass, TripAdvisor, and Yelp.

And while we’re talking Massachusetts food, THESE ARE THE BIGGEST FOODIE TOWNS IN MASSACHUSETTS, RANKED. Did your town or neighbor make the list??

OK, on with the ‘Q!

  • #15 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    Reunion BBQ – Boston
    439 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
    (857) 317-2979

    Must Try: Bao buns!

  • #14 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    Bark BBQ – Plymouth
    367 Court St #3, Plymouth, MA 02360
    (508) 720-2275

    Must Try: Whatever the special of the day is! And great cornbread.

  • #13 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ – Taunton
    289 Winthrop St, Taunton, MA 02780
    (774) 409-4615

    Must Try: The Smoked Chicken and the Pulled Pork and the Ribs!

  • #12 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    M+M BBQ – Boston
    1250 Massachusetts Ave, Dorchester, MA 02125
    (617) 307-7674

    Must Try: The Ribs

  • #11 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    Redbone’s Barbecue – Somerville
    55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144
    (617) 628-2200

    Must Try: The Giant BBQ Sandwiches

  • #10 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    West Side Steak + BBQ – Worcester
    2 Richmond Ave, Worcester, MA 01602
    (508) 756-6328

    Must Try: Their Brisket!

  • #9 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    Theodore’s – Springfield
    201 Worthington St, Springfield, MA 01103
    (413) 736-6000

    Must Try: The jambalaya!

  • #8 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    Tennessee’s – Braintree, Peabody, and Framingham
    173 Pearl St, Braintree, MA 02184
    260 Andover St, Peabody, MA 01960
    341 Cochituate Rd, Framingham, MA 01701

    Must Try: St. Louis Ribs

  • #7 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    Rusty Can – Byfield
    6 Fruit St, Byfield, MA 01922
    (978) 462-1204

    Must Try: The best cheeseburger around!

  • #6 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    Smokehouse BBQ – Norwood
    917 Washington St, Norwood, MA 02062
    (781) 620-4200

    Must Try: Brisket Sandwich

  • #5 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    Larry J’s BBQ Cafe – Boston
    600 D St, Boston, MA 02210
    (617) 348-9800

    Must Try: Hot links!

  • #4 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    B.T.’s Smokehouse – Sturbridge
    392 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566
    (508) 347-3188

    Must Try: Brisket Sandwich

  • #3 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    The Smoke Shop BBQ – Cambridge
    25 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
    (617) 577-7427

    Must Try: Smoked Turkey BLT

  • #2 Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    Blackstrap BBQ – Winthrop
    47 Woodside Ave, Winthrop, MA 02152
    (617) 207-1783

    Must Try: Burnt Ends Sandwich

  • #1 - THE Best BBQ in Massachusetts

    Sweet Cheeks Q – Boston
    1381 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
    (617) 266-1300

    Must Try: Sliced or Chopped Brisket, even tastier after a Red Sox win.

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