Food trends come and go, but sandwiches have remained the king of lunchtime. There’s nothing like sweet, sticky and savory barbeque treats, and a good BBQ sandwich can make your whole day brighter. Check out these awesome places across the state that serve absolutely amazing BBQ sandwiches. Please note that these restaurants are ranked in order of tastiness, so feel free to sample something from each menu with equal gusto.
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1. Firefly's BBQ, Marlborough
Firefly's has a cult following, and with good reason. Their BBQ is authentic and fall-off-the-bone tasty. Their pulled pork and brisket sandwiches are to die for, and come with a generous serving of their homemade Texas-style sauce. And don't miss the candied bacon! During the weekends and weather permitting, they have a lunch wagon in the parking lot that serves food to go. (350 E Main Street,
2. Tennessee’s Real BBQ Real Fast, Braintree
The name of this joint may be a mouthful, but it's nothing compared to the giant bites you'll be taking out of their famous BBQ sandwiches. Pulled pork is heaped onto perfect, lightly grilled buns to make a simple yet sinfully delicious sandwich. Pair it with the fresh cucumber salad for a great balance of flavors and heat. (173 Pearl Street, Braintree)
3. American Barbecue, Rowley
American Barbeque is known for its deliciously moist, fragrant meat and its gargantuan portions. You can feed a family on very little cash at this spot, but the quality of the food is still fantastic. You can't go wrong with the pulled pork sandwich served with a side of coleslaw and homemade (!) potato chips. It's the perfect combo of tangy, salty and sweet. Add a hefty slice of cornbread ($1.25) and you'll be sent straight to BBQ heaven. (5 Railroad Avenue, Rowley)
4. B.T.'s Smokehouse, Sturbridge
Go in, order the glazed, tri-tip sandwich on garlic bread, revel in the deliciousness. This place has a reputation for big and beautiful barbecue. Parking is pretty tight and the restaurant is definitely on the cozy side, so maybe plan for a few minutes of enjoying the delicious scent of barbecue while waiting for a table if you visit during peak dinner hours.
(392 Main St
Sturbridge, MA 01566)
5. Sweet Cheeks Q, Boston
Boston loves Sweet Cheeks, and Sweet Cheeks shows the love back by churning out some seriously good barbecue. The fried chicken sandwich is perfectly crispy, spicy and sweet, and will definitely satisfy. Enjoy dining in the fresh air when the weather is sunny. (1381 Boylston Street,
6. Soul Fire BBQ, Boston
Soul Fire BBQ doesn’t get as much press as Sweet Cheeks, but it’s a strong contender for the tastiest BBQ sandwich in the city. The barbecue reuben sandwich is mouthwateringly tasty, so you might want to order one to go. Also, their signature Soul Fire sauce is to die for. (737 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA)
7. Wildwood Barbeque, Hadley
This is one of those places that truly has something for everyone. There are options for vegetarians (more than just cornbread, though that’s good too) and even some gluten-free menu items. Besides the amazing pulled pork sandwich, meat-lovers should sample the Yawkey Way bratwurst bomb with their special BBQ sauce and sauerkraut. (235 Russell Street,
8. Bub’s BBQ, Sunderland
This place is a cult classic. Simple, sloppy and oh-so-good. You’re not going to find anything refined on your plate at Bub’s, but you will find absolutely decadent BBQ that will make you swoon. So what to order? The classic pulled pork sandwich. It’s tender, moist and heavenly. (676 Amherst Road,
9. Pit Stop BBQ, Wakefield
Pit Stop BBQ is a cozy joint that specializes in simple fare that tastes gourmet. Try the brisket sandwich slathered in a healthy dose of their sweet and tangy sauce. Add a side of baked beans for a meal that will fill you up without emptying your wallet. (10 Vernon Street, Wakefield, MA)
10. Hoppy’s Barbeque, Peabody
This is another sweet spot that doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food here is spectacular. Stop in for authentic Texan barbeque that could fool an old cowboy. Get the Texas brisket sandwich with tasty homemade coleslaw for a savory treat. (38 Forest Street,