Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Boston

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August 12, 2022
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Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Boston

Cooking meat low and slow over an indirect heat source—the only real qualifications for barbecue—is a truly American tradition, going back to indigenous cultures and picked up by early Spanish colonizers who also gave it the name the cooking style goes by now: barbacoa. Today, barbecue is a wildly popular staple across the U.S., with many cities and regions boasting their own take (and all claiming to have the best). Because barbecue meat spends hours upon hours cooking, restaurants are a go-to source for many Americans who would rather not spend all day and all night tending to their flames. Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Boston on Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor rankings factor in the average rating and number of reviews. Some restaurants on the list may have recently closed.

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#18. Fajitas & 'Ritas

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (236 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 25 West St, Boston, MA 02111-1213
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#17. Kelley Square Pub

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (12 reviews)
- Detailed ratings:
- Type of cuisine: Pizza, Italian
- Price: not available
- Address: 84 Bennington St, Boston, MA 02128-1710
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#16. Backyard Betty's

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (15 reviews)
- Detailed ratings:
- Type of cuisine: Bar, Pub
- Price: not available
- Address: 170 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127-1179
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#15. Hulun Beir

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (12 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (2.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue, Asian
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 326 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114-3137
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#14. Wingit Foods INC

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (11 reviews)
- Detailed ratings:
- Type of cuisine: American, Pizza
- Price: $
- Address: 1153 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02134-3104
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#13. Oliveiras Steak House

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (66 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Steakhouse, Brazilian
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 120 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143-4446
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#12. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (35 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Japanese, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 16-18 Eliot ST 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138-5706
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#11. Blue Ribbon BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (280 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 908 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4702
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#10. Blackstrap BBQ

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (94 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 47A Woodside Ave, Winthrop, MA 02152-2922
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#9. The Smoke Shop BBQ - Assembly Row

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (22 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 325 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA 02145
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#8. Causeway Restaurant & Bar

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (43 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 65 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114-1615
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#7. Oliveira's

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (36 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (5.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Brazilian, Latin
- Price: not available
- Address: 297 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128-1455
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#6. Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (782 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Steakhouse, Brazilian
- Price: $$$$
- Address: 200 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116-3501
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#5. Redbones Barbecue

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (524 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144-3001
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#4. Larry J's BBQ Cafe

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (25 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 600 D St, Boston, MA 02210-1932
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#3. The Smoke Shop BBQ - Kendall Square

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (189 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Bar
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139
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#2. The Smoke Shop BBQ - Seaport

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (86 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 343 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
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#1. Sweet Cheeks Q

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (671 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1381 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215-3936
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