Neil’s Guide to Great BBQ (and Some Other) Restaurants
Latest Update – September 2014 (Lockhart, TX)
“I used to eat all natural foods until I realized that so many people die of natural causes.” (The Village Smokehouse, Lowell, MA)
“Need no teef to eat my beef” (Park House Bar-B-Que, Austin, TX) – Thanks to Daniel Ferguson for the correction.”
“The best barbecue you’ll ever eat in in building that isn’t condemned.” (Author unknown.)
“Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.” (Big Moe’s M&M Ribs, 200 Geneva Ave., Boston, MA)
“Ribs so good even Adam would love them.” (Thanks to Paul Scott, Selectman, Town of Pelham, NH)
Welcome to my ever-evolving guide to barbecue restaurants across North America. The ratings are based on the quality (and quantity) of the food, the quality of the staff, the atmosphere, and anything else that happens to strike me. For example, my new favorite, replacing Werner’s Pork House in Wilmington, OH, and Hot Rod’s in Lutz, FL, north of Tampa, is Smitty’s Market in Lockhart, TX – no cuteness, no frills, just phenomenal BBQ. It didn’t have grilled “bat” and fried Spam as appetizers like Hot Rod’s, but it was just outstanding in every category.
I travel often so this list gets updated periodically. Also, feel free to send in your suggestions which I’ll add periodically and credit you for. (Note that “periodically” means when I get around to it.)
Interestingly, it’s been a year since my last update. That speaks to how much my training and consulting has shifted from live on-site work to remote work through Citrix GoToMeeting. Working remotely is certainly easier on my system, but it does cut into my BBQ research.
Restaurants change and sometimes close so I can’t vouch for the absolute accuracy of the listings. But I can vouch for the fact that each one was “darned fine” when I ate there.
Q Tips, a new section lists unsolicited BBQ restaurant recommendations that showed up in my email. Congratulations to my wife Connie for coming up with the name. Q Tips.