There are many amazing restaurants across the Northeast so it can be tricky to pick just one that serves up the best Bay State barbeque. We’ve done the tough work of narrowing it down to the top five smokehouses where you can enjoy the best pulled pork, ribs and brisket in Massachusetts. Why not try them all and find your favorite?
Or, if you enjoy cooking and want to try out a new hobby, pick up a new grill or smoker and master the art of barbecue in your own backyard — we can help with that, too!
First, let’s talk about where to get the best barbeque in Massachusetts, followed by the different types of grills and smokers you could purchase if you’re ready to try your hand at barbequing.
1. Big Pig Barbecue and Catering
Marinated sirloin tips, prime beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked spare ribs—is your mouth watering yet? Big Pig has some of the best barbecue in Massachusetts, and their menu is pretty extensive. While the Peabody location is being renovated, you can get your fix at the Big Pig food truck stationed outside the True North Ale Company.
Big Pig is also available for catering small and large parties all week long with the option to grill on-site or deliver trays of juicy barbeque ready to serve. Because they’ve been catering for a decade, they know their stuff and can accommodate all sorts of party arrangements.
116 County Rd
Ipswich, MA 01938
2. Firefly’s BBQ
Voted Best of the Best in MetroWest, Firefly’s is an awesome place to chow down on award-winning barbecue in Massachusetts. In addition to offering a juicy assortment of ribs, beef brisket, chicken and more, Firefly’s is a fun, festive atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.
Comfortable indoor and outdoor dining options are available with a large backyard patio and grass cornhole court to kick back and relax after your meal. Firefly’s has live acoustic music on the weekends, and their specialty dry rubs are available for purchase in the gift shop – perfect for recreating that same juicy flavor when grilling at home.
350 E. Main Street
Marlborough, MA 01752
3. The Smoke Shop
With four other locations set up around Boston in addition to the Assembly Row restaurant, The Smoke Shop is easy to get to and even easier to enjoy. Opened by popular Boston chef and seasoned barbeque competitor, Andy Husbands, the Smoke Shop serves up high-quality barbecue, along with a full-blown barbecue experience. Sign up for a barbecue class with the pitmaster himself and learn how to grill up your own feast at home.
325 Assembly Row
4. Goodstuff Smokehouse
Specializing in New England-style barbecue that’s smoked slow and low, the Goodstuff Smokehouse never disappoints. All the best Massachusetts classic barbecue is on the menu – brisket, pork, Boston spare ribs – but we recommend trying the Goodstuff Hot Link to switch things up.
This specialty sausage served on a sub roll with sauteed onions and spicy brown mustard is perfect for a quick lunch or simply a change of pace from your regular barbecue routine. Wash it down with a refreshing glass of their homemade root beer – yum!
97 Main Street
Blackstone, MA 01504
5. B.T.’s Smokehouse
To get to B.T.’s Smokehouse, you’ll need to venture deep into the heart of Massachusetts, but it’s certainly worth the drive! B.T’s Brisket Reuben recently caught the attention of The Food Network, earning them the title of the best barbecue in Massachusetts.
The pitmaster’s philosophy toward barbecue is to make it “tender, succulent, ready to fall off the bone with a little smoke and glazed with a flavorful, spiced, sweet sauce.” Sounds perfect!
392 Main St.
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Grill the Best BBQ in Massachusetts – in Your Own Backyard
Having the right equipment can make all the difference when it comes to getting that sweet, smoky, restaurant-quality flavor with tender meat that slides off the bone. Whether you’re new to grilling or a seasoned pro, Koopman has the best equipment to level up your barbecue game this season.
Traeger Timberline Pellet Smoker
Join the craze and take your BBQ to the next level with Traeger’s Timberline 1300 Pellet Grill. While traditional at-home smokers are perfectly capable of crafting quality BBQ, Traeger has eliminated all of the annoying and frustrating aspects to make a straight-forward, hands-off smoker that produces exceptional BBQ every time.
Char-Broil Gas Smoker
Keep things simple with a Char-Broil Gas Smoker that includes a stylish steel/black finish and cool-touch handles. Chrome-plated cooking grates and a warming rack will help you maintain the perfect pace for low and slow smoking – this model is perfect for first-timers and seasoned pitmasters alike.
The Future of Grilling: Weber Smokefire Pellet Grill
While traditional smokers get the job done, the new generation of grills provide bold flavor and unmatched precision. Pick up a Weber Smokefire Pellet Grill and a bag of charcoal for an easy setup with delicious results. The 22510201 model has a stylish black and porcelain enamel finish that is both sleek and rust-resistant. With a LCD display and smart technology, the Smokefire has a step-by-step grilling assistant, built into the grill, that sends notifications to help your meat reach the optimal temperature.
Find the Best BBQ Smokers for Home with Koopman Lumber
Grill or smoker? Electric, gas or charcoal? Cast iron or steel? Explore a variety of smokers and grills to find the right setup for your home barbecue style and broaden your gear with smoker boxes, temperature probes and full-length grill covers that protect equipment for years to come. Top-quality models from Traeger, Broil King, Weber, Masterbuilt and Char-Broil will help you earn the title and respect of pitmaster in no time!
With the right grilling gear, you’re better equipped to serve up the best barbecue in Massachusetts, right in your backyard! Find a store near you to shop an exciting selection of cutting-edge grilling equipment and accessories from the best brands in barbecue.