Blue Ribbon BBQ Blog

Get In The Game This Super Sunday With Blue Ribbon BBQ

Posted on Sat, Feb 06, 2016


Get in the game this Super Sunday with award-winning slow-smoked barbecue from Blue Ribbon!  Visit our Arlington or West Newton restaurants and take home a quick-and-easy Greenboro Brown Bag, Feedbag for Four, or Supper for Six to feed your viewing party.

Blue Ribbon's Game Day Menus are great for all of your football, hockey, basketball, baseball and soccer games.  Feeding 6-8 people and starting at just $75.99, these are available for pickup in our restaurant locations only by calling our catering office at (617) BIG-RIBS with at least 48 hours' notice.  Delivery is also available on orders of $150 or more (minimum delivery fee applies).


Tags: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Catering, Super Bowl, Game Day

Join Blue Ribbon BBQ tonight at the Regent Theatre!

Posted on Wed, Dec 23, 2015

Join Blue Ribbon BBQ this evening at Arlington's Regent Theatre as radio icon Charles Laquidara talks about his three decades of music and mayhem on Boston's WBCN and WZLX.  Plus, enjoy a special screening of "I Am What I Play" - a feature documentary which profiles Charles along with DJs Meg Griffin, David Marsden, and Pat O'Day.


Blue Ribbon will be providing BBQ appetizers.

For complete details, visit the event page at the Regent Theatre website.

Tags: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Regent Theatre, Charles Laquidara

7th Annual Rock 'n Soul Holiday Concert Benefit

Posted on Fri, Dec 04, 2015


Join Blue Ribbon BBQ on Saturday, December 5th, for the 7th annual Rock 'n Soul Holiday Concert Benefit.  The event will be held in the Fez Room at Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington, MA, from 6-10 PM.  Featuring a very special solo show with Andrew W.K., Danny Klein's Full House, Charlie Farren, Tsunami of Sound, The Lights Out, Sam Mulligan and surprises!

Only 200 tickets are available so don't miss out!  Ticket prices also include a general admission ticket to the Northeast Comic Con on Sunday, December 6th.  Parking is free.  For complete details, visit or purchase tickets now.

Tags: Charity, Andrew W.K., Northeast Comic Con, Music

“A Mighty Love”—A Tribute to Mighty Sam McClain

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2015

Join Blue Ribbon BBQ this Saturday, November 28th, in celebrating the life and music of Mighty Sam McClain at Arlington's Regent Theatre.

A Mighty Love—A Tribute to Mighty Sam McClain
is an evening to remember and celebrate the life and music of Mighty Sam McClain, who died at age 71 in June 2015. The fundraiser to help end homelessness (an issue near and dear to Sam’s heart) is set for the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on Saturday, Nov 28 at 7:00 PM, the Sat. after Thanksgiving. An all-star line-up includes artists from blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll who are coming to honor Sam from multiple cities and countries (see full list below).  There will also be video messages from other famous friends that worked with Sam. The event honors the life and music of Mighty Sam McClain, with his friends and those who have been deeply affected by the life and death of this great pillar of American music.

For complete details and to purchase tickets, visit the Regent Theatre.

Blue Ribbon Turns 20 and Barrence Whitfield Turns 60

Posted on Thu, Jun 11, 2015
Barrence_whitfield_thumb.jpgBlue Ribbon BBQ is celebrating 20 years of swine dining this year, and this Saturday, June 13th, we're proud to be an event sponsor of Barrence Whitfield's 60th Birthday Bash, A Sonic Celebration of Boston's Savage Soul Screamer. All proceeds after expenses will benefit the Brad Delp Foundation. Emcee Mike Adams will be presenting Barrence Whitfield and Friends, Spampinato Brothers with James Montgomery, and Special Guests including Charlie Farren, Shor'ty Billups, Hirsh Gardner & John Fannon, Evan Goodrow, Brian Maes, Lexi James & More! PLUS from Major League Baseball: Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd and Jeff Juden!

All seats are reserved for this performance. For complete information, visit the event page at The Regent Theatre

Tags: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Charity, Brad Delp Foundation, Barrence Whitfield, Regent Theatre

Getting Ready for Our Spring Catering Open House

Posted on Sat, Apr 18, 2015
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Blue Ribbon BBQ is getting ready for our upcoming open house this Sunday.  Please stop by and say hello if we have not seen you in a while, or stop by and let us help you set up your upcoming graduation party, backyard BBQ, or if you're thinking about going all out, let's book your Roasted Pig for that special event!

Our knowledgeable catering specialists will be available from 2 - 4 PM in both Arlington (908 Massachusetts Avenue) and West Newton (1375 Washington Street) restaurant locations on the following dates:

  • Sunday, April 19th
  • Sunday, April 26th
  • Sunday, May 3rd

Why not spend more time with the family, less time in the kitchen and give your guests an extra reason to remember the occasion? Be sure to get your order in early as our calendar fills up quickly!

To place your order, call (617) BIG-RIBS to speak with one of our catering specialists today.
Full catering menus can be found here.

Tags: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Catering, Arlington, West Newton, Open House

2015 Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival

Posted on Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Join Blue Ribbon BBQ at the 2015 Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival

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Join Blue Ribbon BBQ in pairing the best local craft barbecue and beer with live local blues at the 2015 Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival on May 16th and 17th.  We'll be serving hot and delicious North Carolina pulled pork, pulled chicken, Kansas City burnt ends and more of your favorites. Wash this down with craft beer from Bissell Brothers, Clown Shoes and Allagash while enjoying the music of L&M Rhythm Kings, The Ftones, Roy Sludge Trio, The Usual Suspects, Tim Gartland and David Gallagher.  Visit the official Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival website for complete details, list of vendors and showtimes.

Fletcher Park, 1557 Mass Ave, Lexington, MA 02420
Home of the Lexington Farmer's Market, and the Hosmer House

Saturday, May 16, 2015:  11am-7pm.
Sunday, May 17, 2015:     12pm-6pm.

$5  (ages 13+)

Lexington Lot and Street Parking

Dogs, strollers, chairs, blankets, umbrellas, etc. are welcome!  Please, no outside food or drink.

Tags: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Lexington Battle-Green BBQ Festival, Live Blues, Craft Beer

Come Join Blue Ribbon Barbecue This Weekend!!

Posted on Thu, May 15, 2014

Come see us in Lexington for great Blue Ribbon BBQ, music, craft beer, and more.  We’ll be serving up Memphis Dry-Rubbed Ribs, North Carolina Pulled Pork, Kansas City Burnt Ends, Pulled Chicken, Sweet Tea, Lemonade and all the fixin's.  Don't miss this event! 


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We look forward to seeing you and your family this weekend.  Please stop by our trailer and say hello!




Tags: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Ribs, Barbecue, Trailer, North Carolina Pulled Pork, Pulled Pork

Blue Ribbon Barbecue at Boston Bites Back Charity Event

Posted on Thu, May 16, 2013
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Celebrity Chefs Geoff Janowski and Brian Sway along with Ronald Stoloff of Blue Ribbon Barbecue served up BBQ last night to the 10,000 plus sold out Boston Bites Back Fundraiser.  This event held at Fenway Park a month to the day of the Terrorist Bombings on Marathon Monday, to raise money for the One Fund with all proceeds going to the bombing victims.

 Geoff Janowski was quoted as saying “We told them to get in here and eat and they did”.  Janowski responded when asked how he felt., “I really haven’t seen anything like this before, this large, this scale, it was appropriate and touched me in so many ways, my heart goes out to the victims and the families of this National tragedy. 

Blue Ribbon Barbecue’s Ron Stoloff was heard saying “ Our organization and all of the people that work with us are proud tonight to help those in need during this time of National mourning and if we can do that by serving up some Blue Ribbon, than that’s how it should be”.   

Dozens of Boston’s top chefs set up their kitchens at the oldest baseball park in the major leagues for an evening to raise money for the Boston Marathon bombing victims.  The “Boston Bites Back” event at Fenway Park on Wednesday was held a month to the day after the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

The project involved about 100 top chefs serving wine and food to attendees as they looked to raise $1 million for One Fund Boston, which was set up to help the bombing victims.  Chefs’ were cooking and serving guests from behind Fenway’s concession stands, as well as at tables throughout the Big Concourse and the park’s Budweiser deck.




Tags: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Charity, Catering, Pulled Pork, Boston, Arlington, Newton

Hoppin John Salad Recipe

Posted on Mon, Apr 29, 2013

Hoppin John Salad

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2 cups cooked black-eyed peas

3 cups cooked long grain rice

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup chopped celery

1 jalapeno pepper seeded and minced

1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

1 clove minced fresh garlic

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper



Combine peas and rice and next three ingredients in a large bowl.

Place herbs and garlic on a cutting board and sprinkle salt over them. Finely mince the garlic and herbs. Sprinkle over rice mixture and stir gently.

Combine lemon juice, oil and pepper and gently stir into rice mixture.

Chill for two hours. Serve cold

Let us know how Hoppin John adds to the flavor of your backyard barbecue this year!


Tags: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Catering, BBQ, Boston, Best Comfort Foods, Hoppin John