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Come Join Blue Ribbon Barbecue This Weekend!!


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!




Blue Ribbon Barbecue at Boston Bites Back Charity Event

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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.




Hoppin John Salad Recipe


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!


#Blue Ribbon Corn and Black Bean Salad


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

Blue Ribbon Old # 7




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


Blue Ribbon Burnt Ends Sandwich/ Boston Globe 2012 Singular Standout


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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Blue Ribbon Barbecue partners with Reach Beyond Domestic Violence



Last night, REACH provided nearly 250 families with gifts for the holidays.  Holiday Gift Program participants caught up with old friends at the party and enjoyed delicious food, provided by Blue Ribbon Barbecue and REACH's volunteer cooks and bakers. Children spent time with Santa and parents left with gifts not only for their children, but for themselves, thanks to Reach’s generous Holiday Gift Sponsors.


One survivor who attended the party wrote a letter to thank the sponsors, volunteers and staff involved with the Holiday Gift Program:

"Thank you so much for all the presents for my children and myself. I cannot put into words how much I appreciate all of your generosity. You will always be in my heart as long as I live. I sincerely wish every one of you a happiest New Year, 2013 Peace on Earth!"


REACH would like to thank everyone who has supported them throughout the year, including many of you who have already made year end gifts.  If you are making your decisions about year end giving, please consider REACH, so that they can continue to touch the many lives affected by domestic violence.  


Reach believes that no one should have to stay in a place where their safety is at risk because they can't afford to leave.  Your gift helps Reach build healthy communities by providing shelter, advocacy support, and a fresh start for domestic violence survivors, and helps to educate teens about healthy relationships in the hopes of preventing domestic violence before it happens.

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To make a year end contribution, please click here or send Reach a check, payable to REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, to PO Box 540024, Waltham, MA 02454.


Happy Holidays!


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Saturday, December 8th, 2012
Grand beer tasting will be held from 1-4 PMSmoked Turkey Breast

Stop by Upper Falls Liquors, (150 Needham Street, Newton, MA.) during the free Grand Beer tasting event to sample Blue Ribbon Barbecue's holiday fare, including: carved herb rubbed smoked turkey breast with cranberry chutney.  Come by and try our new holiday appetizers, Country Ham Pate, and Charleston Pimento Cheese, a perfect complement to any holiday beer or wine.

In addition Upper Falls Liquors will have 30 tables of craft breweries throughout the store pouring samples of over 100 different brews. From IPA to Imperial Stout, we will have it all!

Table 19
Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
Sam Adams Boston Lager
Sam Adams Chocolate Bock
Sam Adams Holiday Porter
Sam Adams Old Fezziwig
Sam Adams White Christmas
Sam Adams Winter Lager
Table 20
21st Amendment Bitter American
21st Amendment Hop Crisis
21st Amendment I.P.A.
21st Amendment Oyster Stout
Uinta Dubhe
Uinta Hop Notch I.P.A.
Uinta Winter
Table 21
Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
Lagunitas I.P.A.
Lagunitas Lil’ Sumpin Sumpin
Lagunitas Maximus
Lagunitas Pils
Table 22
Woodchuck Amber
Woodchuck Crisp
Woodchuck Granny Smith
Woodchuck Winter
Woodchuck 802
Table 23
3 Beards Lumberjack
Table 1
Baxter Amber Road
Baxter Hayride Autumn Ale
Baxter Pamola Pale Ale
Baxter Winter Stout
Baxter Stowaway I.P.A.
Table 2
Slumbrew Attic & Eaves
Slumbrew Flagraiser I.P.A.
Slumbrew Happy Sol
Slumbrew Porter Sq. Porter
Slumbrew Trekker Tripel
Table 3
Magic Hat #9
Magic Hat Circus Boy
Magic Hat Encore I.P.A.
Magic Hat Heart of Darkness
Magic Hat Wooly Coniferous Concoction
Table 4
Augustijn Blond
Augustijn Dark
Augustijn Grand Cru
Gulden Draak
Leute Bokbier
Monk’s Café Sour
Table 5
Crispin Brownslane
Crispin Cidre Blanc
Crispin Honey
Crispin Original
Table 6
Carlsberg Elephant
Crabbie’s Ginger Beer
Kronenbourg Blanc
Table 7
Jack’s Abbey Hoponius Union
Jack’s Abbey Jabby Brau
Jack’s Abbey Lashes
Jack’s Abbey R.I.P.L.
Jack’s Abbey Smoke & Daggar
Table 8
Smuttynose Big A I.P.A.
Smuttynose I.P.A.
Smuttynose Old Brown Dog
Smuttynose Robust Porter
Smuttynose Vunderbar
Smuttynose Winter
Table 9
Atwater Winter Bock
Breckingridge Christmas Ale
Green Flash Friendship Brew
Saison Dupont
Table 10
3 Philosopher’s
Ommegang Abbey Ale
Ommegang B.P.A.
Ommegang Rustica
Table 11
Otter Creek Hop Session
The Shed I.P.A.
The Shed Mountain Amber
Wolaver’s Alta Gracia Porter
Table 12
Long Trail Ale
Long Trail Hibernator
Long Trail Hit the Trail Ale
Long Trail Imperial Porter
Long Trail Pale Ale
Table 13
Newport Storm Amber
Newport Storm Blueberry
Newport Storm I.P.A.
Newport Storm Ursula 
Newport Storm Winter
Newport Storm ‘12
Table 14
Oskar Blues Dale’s Deviant
Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
Oskar Blues G’ Knight
Oskar Blues Old Chub
Oskar Blues 1050
Table 15
Rising Tide Atlantis Black Ale
Rising Tide Daymark Pale Ale
Rising Tide Ishmael Copper
Rising Tide Zephyr I.P.A.
Table 16
Affligem Noel
Cisco Winter Shredder
Heavy Seas Winter
Southern Tier Chokolat
Southern Tier Winter
Southern Tier 2Xmas
Table 17
Boulevard Dark Truth Stout
Boulevard Double Wide I.P.A.
Boulevard Single Wide I.P.A.
Boulevard Tank 7
Table 18
Brooklyn Black Choc. Stout
Brooklyn Lager
Brooklyn Local 1
Brooklyn Sorachi
Brooklyn Winter
Table 24
Kona Pipeline Porter
Red Hook Winterhook
Widmer Brr
Widmer ******
Table 25
Sierra Nevada Celebration
Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Torpedo
Sierra Nevada Brux
Table 26
Harpoon Chocolate Stout
Harpoon El Triunfo Porter
Harpoon I.P.A.
Harpoon Rich & Dan’s I.P.A.
Harpoon Winter Warmer
 Table 27
Mayflower Golden Ale
Mayflower I.P.A.
Mayflower Oatmeal Stout
Mayflower Pale Ale
Mayflower Porter 
Table 28
Anderson Valley Winter
Avery Mephistopheles Stout
Ballast Point Sculpin I.P.A.
Delirium Noel
Dogfish Head Hellhound
Dogfish Head Indian Brown
Great Divide Fresh Hop
Stone Double Bastard
Table 29
Troeg’s  Hopback Amber
Troeg’s Mad Elf
Troeg’s Perpetual I.P.A

Boston Globe: The Local BBQ Scene Heats Up


The Local BBQ scene heats up

Smoke lovers are bringing meaty new flavors to the Boston area

Blue Ribbon BBQ Trailer 
262 Second Ave, Needham

blue ribbon bbq trailer needham boston globeLike the Redbones Rib Shack, this trailer doesn’t move much. Since May, it’s been camped near an industrial park in Needham, serving a condensed version of the menu offered at the brick-and- mortar locations in West Newton and Arlington. Smoke permeates everything from the meats to the cornbread, thanks to the onboard Texas-made smoker bought by owner Geoff Janowski, who was inspired by trailers during a trip to the Lone Star State. The Kansas City burnt ends sandwich ($8) rises to the top, served on a plain white bun, meat shredded while not overly-torched. A pulled chicken sandwich ($8) is surprisingly chunky, and the most smoky meat on the menu. Memphis dry-rubbed pork ribs ($13 third-rack platter) are extremely fatty, but colossal. And lurking like a prize at the bottom of a cereal box, a piece of white bread soaks up the flavors of the meat platters.

To read the complete article, visit The Boston Globe.

Stuff Magazine: "Hot Topic" BBQ Sauce


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Every good barbeque requiresa bevy of sauces. But don't line your grill with mass-produced supermarket finds. We combed the Boston area for a few favorite locally made options.




blue ribbon bbq carolina barbecue sauce stuff magazineSaucy Story: Blue Ribbon owner Geoff Janowski
and Co. drew on multiple recipes from eastern North Carolina for this succulent sauce, made with only natural ingredients.

Flavor Profile: A classically styled BBQ sauce, it bursts with accents of fresh tomato, onion, and pepper. Your granddaddy would approve.

Heat Index: A generous dose of vinegar lends welcome bite, but it's not exceedingly explosive.

"Secret" Ingredient: Unlike mass-produced, ketchup-based barbeque sauces, this one adheres
to Carolina culinary history and incorporates notes of spicy mustard.

Perfect Mate: Pulled pork. It's great for chopped brisket or chicken wings, but there's nothing like a heaping platter of smoky pig doused in the stuff.

Find It: At Blue Ribbon BBQ (908 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, 781.648.7427; 1375 Washington Street, West Newton, 617.332.2583) or order online today!

Read the full article from Stuff Magazine here.

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