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November 3, 2015
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Chester’s BBQ, Clinton

Fans of Chester’s Barbecue in Groton will be happy to know about their second location in the old Clinton Library. The stacks of books have been replaced with a cheerful dining room, decked out with black and white photos of iconic blues singers and memorabilia. You’ll find plenty of seating, each table sporting its own roll of paper towels. And you’ll need it for the heaping platters of ribs, pulled pork and brisket that issue forth from the open kitchen. At lunchtime, a steady stream of businessmen, moms with tots, and retirees lined up at the counter, poring over the lengthy menu. The list is meat, meat and more meat, including four kinds of ribs (who knew?) and every other cut imaginable that can handle 15 hours of slow cooking. Happy to have stumbled on an easy way to feed the crowd I was expecting that evening, I gave everything a go. I’m no barbecue expert but all the meats were yummy, whether smoked (turkey seems like a nod to Yankee fare) or barbecued. Nobody could get enough of the burnt ends (crispy bits of brisket) or pulled pork doused with a spicy (but not too) vinegary sauce. Don’t miss the sweet potatoes or cole slaw, and for the fussy kids among us (or not), order sides of mac & cheese and cinnamon apples. Having a party? Pick up the BBQ pack: ten pounds of various meats and sides to feed 12 for $150. Daily lunch specials and sandwiches, Chester’s famous chili and full-on catering services are available. Very kid-friendly.

Chester BBQ Clinton Dining Room

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