While barbecue sauce can be used to power tractors or grease slip ‘n' slides, it’s best for making beans sing and pigs dance. Start a party on the tongue's floor with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of southern barbecue eats at Blue Ribbon BBQ, with locations in Arlington and West Newton.
Influenced by the roadside holes-in-the-wall scattered across the south, the award-winning Blue Ribbon BBQ gives the Boston area a taste of authentic southern barbecue grub, cooking tender meat over oak and hickory hardwood. Peruse Blue Ribbon's menu for your preferred sauce-slathered selection, from the Texas-sliced beef brisket sandwich ($7.59) to a platter of Memphis dry-rubbed ribs ($12.99 for a 1/3-slab). Nosh on Blue Ribbon's North Carolina pulled pork sandwich ($7.59), then choose two stomach-stuffing sides, with options such as hearty baked beans, black-eyed corn, and coleslaw. If the many regional variations of barbecue don't quell cantankerous stomachs, Blue Ribbon offers a smorgasbord of homemade, grandma-approved desserts, from key lime pie ($3.49) to chocolate chip brownies ($1.99). Pie connoisseurs can taste Boston magazine’s favorite pecan pie ($3.49 per slice), topped with a dollop of whipped cream and large, tasty nuts—the ideal pie for made-up autumn celebrations such as Pecan Appreciation Day or Burt Reynolds’ Bicentennial.
Decorated with an assortment of license plates, both Blue Ribbon BBQ joints evoke the welcoming, down-home spirit of the southern joints that inspired the restaurant’s creation. Taste the fare of the Carolinas, Texas, Kansas City, and other regions that are currently accessible only by magical mystery monorails with today's Groupon to Blue Ribbon BBQ.
Boston magazine named Blue Ribbon BBQ Best of Boston for its third straight year in 2008, and the publication raves about Blue Ribbon's pecan pie. More than 150 Yelpers give the West Newton location a four-star average, and more than 200 give the Arlington location the same rating:
- …we've already waxed rhapsodic about its smoked-to-perfection brisket and tender pulled pork. (For maximum enjoyment, mix the above liberally with any of the house sauces.) – Boston
- Oh My YUM! I loves me some Blue Ribbon BBQ!!! This is the closest thing you can get to Texas...so I am in love! – Lindsay C., Yelp
Blue Ribbon BBQ
“Who says northerners can’t do ‘cue?” asked Boston magazine as it crowned Blue Ribbon BBQ on its Best of Boston list in 2011. Whether dished out from its two brick-and-mortar locations or its trailer, the restaurant’s tender meats are lauded for their slow-cooked, pit-smoked tenderness, infused with the flavors of hickory and oak hardwoods. Blue Ribbon dishes out memphis dry-rubbed ribs, Texas-style beef brisket, and Kansas City–style burnt ends dubbed “absolutely addictive” by Boston. Locally made hot-smoked sausage and Mr. Whitner’s smoked-turkey-breast sandwiches help round out the menu alongside Southern sides such as dirty rice, potato salad, and corn bread. Blue Ribbon BBQ also caters special events and sells bottles of its most popular sauces so guests can enhance their grandmother’s recipes or add flavor to their super-soaker fights.