Summertime favorites

Smokin’ hot ribs and more

The Farm Bar and Grille’s BBQ Nachos, with house-made tortilla chips.
The Farm Bar and Grille’s BBQ Nachos, with house-made tortilla chips.

BBQ nachos

The Farm Bar and Grille,

233 Western Ave., Essex

The Farm Bar hand-cuts its own tortillas and fries them into golden chips. Then they are loaded up with Vermont cheddar cheese and pulled pork that was coated in a family-recipe dry rub and smoked for 12 hours. On top of that are generous helpings of pico de gallo and guacamole (both homemade); sour cream; and a secret barbecue sauce. The cost is $7 for the personal size and $10 for large. Visit for information.

Smoked ribs

Sawmill Pizzeria & Smokehouse,

1480 Broadway Road, Dracut

A dry rub is applied to the ribs before they are smoked over hickory for several hours in Sawmill’s custom barbecue pit. When the fall-off-the-bone ribs are pulled out, they are doused in a signature barbecue sauce. $13.40 for a half rack and $18.90 for a full rack, including a choice of two sides, like French fries and cole slaw.

Caribbean jumbo chicken wings

Chili Head Barbeque Co.,

320 West Center St., West Bridgewater

The jumbo wings are marinated in a dry rub, smoked for three hours, flash-fried, tossed in a blend of 17 herbs from the Caribbean, and served with carrots, celery, and creamy bleu cheese. $14 for one dozen wings.

St. Louis-style ribs and pulled pork

T-Bones Road House, 22 Main St., Plymouth


The ribs and the pork are seasoned before being put in the smoker for four and 12 hours, respectively. The Two-Way Combo Platter has both meats slathered in barbecue sauce and served with Texas toast, mashed potatoes, and coleslaw, and costs $16.

Memphis dry-rubbed ribs

Blue Ribbon BBQ,

908 Massachusetts Ave., Arlington

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Ribs are rubbed with a house blend barbecue rub and smoked for five to six hours before being slathered with Blue Ribbon’s secret rib splash. A full slab costs $25, while platters of one-third or one-half slabs with two sides and cornbread cost $15 and $17, respectively.

St. Louis ribs

Firefly’s, 350 East Main St., Marlborough

The ribs are glazed with a summer-special peach and Kentucky bourbon barbecue sauce. A half rack, served with a new corn pudding (fresh corn, sweet green and red bell peppers, eggs, milk, Vermont cheddar cheese, and scallions) and cucumber salad, is $17.

South Carolina smoked wings

Bison County Bar and Grill,

275 Moody St., Waltham

Wings are coated with a dry rub, smoked for more than three hours, finished on an open grill heated to 700 degrees, and slathered with a mustard-based South Carolina barbecue sauce. $10 for a six-wing plate.

Nick Kapteyn

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