Despite living in North Carolina for 2 years, my barbecue obsession began in the Northeast, thanks to Boston chef Tiffani Faison’s Sweet Cheeks Q.
The stunning brisket – sliced with a brilliant smoke ring, or chopped with BBQ sauce – is joined by other amazing cuts of pork, ribs, and chicken, and served on a classic silver tray. You can dress it up with coleslaw and a roll for a sandwich, or be a purist and leave it bare on the tray. The sides come scooped onto the tray, or in shabby chic mugs, and everything is best preceded by ordering the bucket o’ biscuits. Four giant, fluffy biscuits, served with house made honey butter. There’s also an extensive list of alcoholic libations to wash everything down with.
Not only does Sweet Cheeks Q have a gorgeous, warm, wooden environment inside, but also a patio running along the outside, and a small garden with bar service in the back.
The first time I went to Sweet Cheeks, I went with two vegetarians, which wasn’t necessarily a mistake, but it perhaps wasn’t the best idea. This is a meat restaurant, but they do have stellar sides, some of which are vegetarian friendly. But for the meat eaters among us, this is a must-do in Boston. This is some of the best Texas style barbecue north of the Mason-Dixon line.