Blue Ribbon BBQ Blog

“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

#Blue Ribbon Corn and Black Bean Salad

Posted on Wed, Apr 10, 2013

This Southwestern style salad recipe is guaranteed to be a delicious hit at any summer party.  Give it a try and let us know how it goes!


#Blue Ribbon Corn and Black Bean Salad


Cooked black beans 4cups

Cooked corn 4cups

Red onions diced 1cup

Red bell pepper diced 1/2cup

Fresh jalapeno pepper diced 1/4 cup

Fresh cilantro chopped 1/2cup

Ground chili powder 2Tbsp.

Ground cumin 1Tbsp.

Kosher salt 2Tbsp.

Ground black pepper 1Tbsp

Fresh lime juice 1/2cup

Hot pepper sauce (optional) 1/2 cup


Cover black beans with 8 cups water in big pot, simmer beans until tender, but not mushy. If you are using canned beans, drain and rinse beans well. After cooking, cool the beans under cold running water. Add the beans and drained corn into a large mixing bowl, then add all the other ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate for two hours or overnight to let the flavors blend. Serve with tortillas or on top of any Mexican or Latin inspired salad.

Please let us know what you think of this recipe, and send us yours to try.Corn and Black Bean Salad Catering Menu

Tags: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Ribs, Barbecue, Catering, BBQ Sauce, Online Ordering, BBQ, Trailer, Geoff Janowski, Pulled Pork, Boston, Arlington, Coleslaw, West Newton

Blue Ribbon Old # 7

Posted on Wed, Apr 03, 2013



Win the Barbecue Championship this season in your backyard with Geoff Janowski's famous old #7 sauce.  Developed on a trip to Tennessee last year and tested in our restaurants over the last several months.  It's a winner and we want you to have it!

Old #7 BBQ Sauce Recipe

1/2 lb. butter

1 large diced onion

4 smashed garlic cloves

2 cups brown sugar

2 cups cider vinegar

1/4 worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup yellow mustard

1/2 cup Jack Daniels (Old #7)

4 cups ketchup

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup bbq rib rub

Brown onions in melted butter. Remove pot from heat; add Old #7 to pot. Return to heat. Stand back while the Jack will ignite. Let flame burn out to burn off the alcohol. Add all the other ingredients. Simmer 30 minutes. Cool and puree. Brush onto pork ribs or other meats just before serving.  What are you waiting for!!Bourbon brined pork sandwich resized 600


Tags: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Geoff Janowski, BBQ awards, Backyard BBQ, Boston College

Blue Ribbon Burnt Ends Sandwich/ Boston Globe 2012 Singular Standout

Posted on Fri, Jan 04, 2013

Recently the Boston Globe named our burnt end sandwich one of Boston’s Singular Standouts. Please click on the link for more information.  Thanks to everyone who supported us at our trailer and all our other locations this year! For all our trailer fans we can’t wait to see everyone again next season.

Blue Ribbon Barbecue Trailer: 262 Second Avenue, Needham,

This trailer, usually parked near an industrial park in Needham, came equipped with an onboard smoker that turned out a fantastic burnt ends sandwich (those are crispy brisket bits) in sauce on a plain white bun. They plan to reopen in March.

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Tags: Blue Ribbon BBQ, Catering, BBQ, Trailer, Boston Magazine, Geoff Janowski, West Newton, Boston College, Boston Globe