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Chester's BBQ [Groton, CT]

thinks too much | Jan 7, 200910:55 AM    

After many moons of intending to go, we finally got to Chester's BBQ in Groton last night. Wow, what I have been missing! So here is a shameless plug.

If you haven't seen it before, it's in the Big Y shopping plaza on Rte 1. It's easy to think of it as one more stop in the strip mall but for one small detail: the smokers are in plain sight, chained to the front of the building. Their byline is printed several places including across the window: Barbecue isn't sauce; it's what the sauce goes on.

There were 2 of us, and we each got a sandwich combo plate. For $8, it comes with 1/2 lb meat on thick cut white bread, a side and your choice of corn bread or fountain drink.

What I really have to rave about was the burnt ends, which I order anywhere I see it on the menu. *gets dreamy look in her eyes* This is amazing, with a tender chew, pieces with great color, texture, smokiness. Some bits had a fat layer just at the unctious point. I can't recommend it enough!

Sure, some things aren't my favorites. The cornbread was a little sweet for my tastes. The mac and cheese was ok, but not one of those tremendously guilty pleasures that it can be at someplaces. On the other hand, the rice and beans were wonderful. The brisket was very good, though not as good as my burnt ends. I heard someone raving about the sweet potato mash too.

The service was friendly and sassy. We got to chatting later and they admitted that business has been pretty scarce of late with the economy tanking. So support a local business, if you've got the change. I really want them to stick around.

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