Greater Boston’s barbecue scene is getting some fresh meat. In February, Chris Schlesinger announced he was selling perhaps the region’s most inventive barbecue joint, East Coast Grill in Inman Square, to several staffers. Larry Jimerson shuttered Larry J’s House of Q in Chelsea last month — less than two years after opening — to break ground on Larry J’s BBQ Cafe on the South Boston waterfront. And last week, Michael Schmidt wrapped up construction on his long-awaited Union Square spot, the Bearded Pig, with hopes to open soon. Even standbys Redbones and Blue Ribbon diversified, joining the food truck frenzy. Take a tour of nine restaurants and food trucks that have opened recently, each hoping to out-smoke the area’s best.
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