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Blackstrap BBQ, Winthrop

My friend Billy recommended that I check out this tiny BBQ joint in Winthrop; he thinks is the best BBQ in town. My college buddy Alex was in town this weekend and he has quite the capacity to eat. The restaurant is tiny; there are only 3 tables and a counter along the window. We ordered smoked chicken wings, a BBQ trio plate of Memphis ribs, brisket and pulled pork, the Hog (a bacon wrapped kielbasa sausage, deep fried and covered in peppers and onions), mac and cheese, collard greens and onion rings. Like I said, Alex can eat.
 
There were some ups and downs - I thought the Hog was over the top great; the kielbasa had a natural snap to it and the bacon was crispy. I also immensely enjoyed the buttermilk fried onion rings, which managed to stay crispy even when cold. The brisket was tender and juicy. The mac and cheese had a nice spicy kick, but the collards were strangely sweet. I think the ribs were dry and a little tough and I’ve never been a fan of pulled pork, so I won’t even comment on that. The wings were over-sauced and not as good as the ones a Bison BBQ in Waltham. The cornbread was cake-like, which will please some and annoy others.
 
Alex was felt that all the meat lacked flavor, but he enjoyed the other offerings. The staff was friendly – you order at the counter and bus your own table. The menu is quite affordable; our whole meal cost less than $40. It’s a bit of a pain to get to Winthrop, but the parking was easy and we had no wait at 7:30pm on a Friday Night. Those onion rings might be worth the trek.
 
http://blackstrapbbq.com/

Hog in the front

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