Blue Ribbon Barbecue
An excursion to one of three Blue Ribbon Barbecue locations—Arlington, Dedham, and West Newton—should be mandatory for Boston-area smoked meat aficionados. Blue Ribbon slow-cooks ribs, pulled pork, hot links, and other options over oak and hickory for maximum flavor. Meat may take center stage, but don’t neglect sides like dirty rice and Southern desserts such as fruit cobbler and pecan pie. Modeled after the roadside BBQ joints that dot the American South, there’s plenty of nostalgic bric-a-brac decorating the suburban spots, which are open for takeout and limited (dog-friendly!) patio dining.