Though charcoal drawing was once the dominant artistic medium in America, precious few masterworks survived the realization that those early portraits could be crumpled up and used to smoke delicious stacks of ribs. Honor forgotten artists with today's Groupon to Blackstrap BBQ in Winthrop. Choose between the following options:
- For $7, you get $15 worth of barbecue fare and drinks at lunch Tuesday–Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of barbecue fare and drinks at dinner Tuesday–Sunday from 4 p.m. to close.
Blackstrap BBQ's expert chefs produce a vast menu of slow-smoked meats prepared in a variety of regional American styles. Deluge fingers with six smoked barbecue-chicken wings ($5.99), mopping up saucy faces with corn-and-andouille fritters served with jalapeño marmalade ($6.99). Custom plates arrive mouth-side with a choice of house-smoked meats, two sides, and a hunk of cornbread, with options such as Carolina-style pork with creamed sweet corn and collard greens ($12.99+). Sandwich selections include the House Hog, a smoked sausage wrapped in bacon, fried, and served on a roll with peppers, onions, and mustard, or a blackened-catfish po boy backed by an appetite-busting duo of sides ($9.99).
Host a feast for family, friends, or hungry mailpersons with Blackstrap's catering menu, which includes a variety of barbecue combo plates such as the Cowboy platter, replete with Carolina-style pulled pork, shredded chicken, or burnt ends of brisket, a choice of two sides, and cornbread and pickles ($12.50/person). Today's Groupon is valid for delivery within a three-mile radius of Blackstrap's location, ensuring sustenance for those spending a night at home or in a neighbor's hovercraft.
Smoke is the barbecuer master's livelihood, but it's a delicate substance—too much and your meat tastes charred, too little and it's bland. Thankfully, Chris Thompson and Kate Economides have learned to tame the fickle ingredient. They smoke all of their meats on-site at Blackstrap BBQ, monitoring the slow-cooked pieces for hours on end. Their supply of oak wood lends a deliciously burnt tinge to brisket, sausage, chicken, and ribs, which are then rubbed with spices and arranged with down-home sides.
It can be hard to pick your meal, though, as The Boston Globe magazine attests: "Everything on the blackboard is irresistible." A classic single-meat plate comes with two sides and cornbread, but you can also pile sauce-covered bites between sandwich buns, which let you eat with your hands instead of large, unwieldy jai alai scoops. Then there's the Hog—a kielbasa wrapped in bacon, smoked, fried, and put on a roll. Most entrees come with sides, ranging from baked beans and collard greens to sweet-maple mashed potatoes.
Depending on your choice of meat, you get to sample different regional tastes. Ribs get a Memphis-style dry rub, whereas the pulled pork follows North and South Carolina traditions, and the brisket is all Texas. Kate and Chris serve these signature suppers from their Winthrop kitchen, but they also convey them to events through their catering business, Tastyplates.
47A Woodside Ave.
Winthrop, Massachusetts 02152