Boston >Restaurants > M & M Ribs
26 Puritan Ave, Dorchester, MA | Directions 0212142.306453 -71.072165
Neighborhoods: Dorchester, Bowdoin North / Mount Bowdoin, South Dorchester
Best takeout BBQ in Boston! – I finally found this place. It's listed under many addresses, and you might have to ring M or M him/herself at 617-671-5542. It turns out they moved very close by: 192 Hamdpen St. off of Dudley St. Is it the lack of ambiance and the huge smoker that made me excited before the first bite? Was it the truck where they take your money and give you a huge load of ribs, chicken and fixin's for $10? All I know is that if you don't need table service, and if you want to feel as if you turned off the interstate onto a back road in North Carolina, then M&M is where you should go. I've tried almost every BBQ joint in the area (Soulfire and Jake's are the last ones on my list), and I would come back to M&M three times for each time I go anywhere else. It's not perfect: their hours are all over the place, their cornbread was inedible (like 75% of the cornbread out there), and their ribs are very fatty. But if you demand that BBQ not be DRY, then this is the place. I've given up on having brisket like the stuff I tasted from Texas, or real St. Louis ribs, or pulled pork the way they make it in NC. All I ask is that the meat not be dry. I've been to Blue Ribbon and Redbones a bunch of times each, and they can't avoid half their meat being dry. I've only been to M&M once, but their ribs and chicken were deliciously moist (fatty ribs help!) and their yummy bbq sauce only added to the savory flavor, instead of being a post-cooking moisturizer the way most other joints use it. Their prices are awesome for BBQ. I can eat here both gastronomically and financially every day. Next time, I'll try some of their interesting dishes, such as pig's feet (only Fri and Sat), jerked chicken, beef ribs, etc. For sides, I only had the collard greens (one of the best I've had, and totally rocks Blue Ribbon which I had last week) and candied yams (if you like sweet and mushy yams like me, you'll be in heaven here).
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