Sweet… Smoky… Sassy… or Spicy… Barbecue is the ultimate All-American food.  So get fired up, for eight of Greater Boston’s best barbecue joints that are perfect for Father’s Day meals or a summer time meal.

Smoke Shop

Kicking off the great 8 is the Smoke Shop.  With locations in Somerville, Boston and Cambridge, Smoke Shop is a big bustling BBQ spot serving Chef Andy Husband’s award winning ‘que.  Come hungry because these slow cooked meats and sides are severed in one of two size options, the Pit Crew or the Pit Boss.

Smoke Shop Pit Crew

The Pit Crew gives you a chance to try a couple different meats with a couple different sauces. Then there is the super cool Pit Boss that gives you three different meat options. Recommended by Chef Husbands are the ribs, the burnt ends and the brisket with three of your favorite sides.

Stay close enough to come back for seconds, thirds, and fourths! Hampton Inn by Hilton Boston/Cambridge is one mile from Smoke Shop’s Kendall Square location at 1 Kendall Square.

Mill City BBQ and Brew

Mill City BBQ and Brew in Lowell is a spirited spot, run by a fun-loving family who serve slow smoked pork with a side of personality. Whether you go for their sensational smoked turkey, flavor packed pulled pork, or perfectly cooked brisket, Mill City serves up all your gluttonous guilty pleasures on one menu.

Mill City BBQ and Brew's Brisket

Where the barbecue draws the attention, it’s the fried chicken at this spot that really gets customers going. With Mill City BBQ and Brew being just a short drive from Hampton Inn and Suites Westford-Chelmsford, the perfectly fried, juicy, and hot chicken will leaving you wanting to make a vacation out of your visit!

 Curtis’ Bar-B-Q

For over 42 years, Curtis Tuff has been making delicious open pit barbecue grilled right in front of you and served out of an old blue school bus, at Curtis’ Bar-B-Q in Putney, Vermont.  Where it may not be the fanciest of restaurants, everyone who makes their way here agrees it’s most definitely fantastic, especially if you order Curtis’ slow cooked over hard wood, ribs.  And since Curtis uses an open pit rather than a smoker, the flavor of the meat isn’t overpowered by the smoke.

Curtis' Bar-B-Q

Durk’s Barbecue

Located on Thayer Street in Providence, Rhode Island, Durk’s Barbecue is the real deal. All of their ‘que is cooked out of an enormous, state of the art smoker named Stella. It is a wood-burning Ole Hickory pit, rotating multiple racks of up to 1,200 pounds of meat at a time.  You can see and smell the smoker as soon as you arrive, as Stella is located along with the cutting station, where you can order babyback ribs, double smoked sausage, and sweet and sassy pulled pork. There is a slew of downhome sides including mac and cheese and fresh-baked cornbread with brown butter and honey to accompany your choice of perfectly smoked meat.

BT’s Smokehouse

BT’s Smokehouse in Sturbridge is a friendly roadside spot that customers don’t mind travelling for. Here, they served slow smoke wings and tender pulled pork available on a platter or as a sandwich, but the real must-order order from the smoker has to be some of BT’s ribs. Cooked to the textbook definition of perfection, these ribs fall off masterfully off the bone, with a little pull and packed with tender juices.


Another great 8 winner is Shed’s. Located in Downtown Boston, Shed’s is a down-home, honky-tonk, real deal, Texas style barbecue joint. This quick service spot serves slow-cooked family recipes super-fast. When customers come in, they head straight to the chop block to watch brisket sliced, turkeys smoked, chicken and pork pulled, and, best of all, the ribs. For there, customers can build their own sandwich, plate of bowl, even to go!

Get your steps in when you stay at Ames Boston Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. Shed’s is located less than half a mile away or approximately 400 steps from this landmark hotel!


Firefly’s in Marlborough is a legendary spot renowned for their national award-winning Saint Louis ribs, always cooked slow and low. Loyalists love the downhome-style cooking, like pulled pork doused in Memphis-style sauce, New Orleans po’ boy sandwiches, and ridiculously crispy Southern fried chicken. Plus, you won’t want to miss the signature candy lacquered bacon. This sensational bacon is cured in house, pan-seared in a cast iron skillet, and caramelized in brown sugar, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and a bit of ancho chili.

Just 10 minutes from Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Marlborough, Firefly’s and Hilton will be your go to summer destination retreat.

Willie Jewell’s

Rounding out the great 8 is Willie Jewell’s. Located in Nashua, New Hampshire, Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q is a fast, casual barbecue spot, serving slow smoked meats, naked so you can slather it up yourself at their warm sauce bar. With options like Hot Momma Sauce, Hickory Heaven Barbecue Sauce, and a Low Country Gold mustard-based sauce, you can equip your dish to be sweet and sassy, or tangy and sweet.

Make a weekend of your stay near these great 8 barbecue spots, this summer. Save up to 50% off Sunday night stays and discounted local offers when you book your Weekend Like a Local package at any of the 26 participating Boston area Hilton hotels.

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