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Commonwealth BBQ in Wrentham, Massachusetts Makes the Cut as a Tremendous Barbecue Joint

Commonwealth BBQ drive-in, Wrentham MA

by Eric Hurwitz. Article created on 5/2/2017

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The Boston area offers a surprisingly good number of barbecue joints. If grilled on which one is best, however, I would choose Commonwealth BBQ in Wrentham, Massachusetts.

This friendly, unpretentious year-round outdoor drive-in stand does an amazing job with its barbecued meats --  pit smoked over hard woods for many hours.  The aromas, alone, are worth the visit, and the authentic south-of-the-Mason Dixon-Line meals easily confirm what is expected -- this is one tremendous barbecue joint.

What would I recommend? For an appetizer, go with the big, succulent jumbo wings -- made in the smoker and then fried to a golden hue. I like the "smoke-only" flavor, but you can order several versions including barbecue, Buffalo, or hot cranberry habanero. Served with carrots and Bleu or ranch dip, this could be a meal in itself. The chili is also a standout with its flavorful smoked meats, multiple seasonings and shredded cheese topping. It has a kick and overall flavor often missing in those so-called "award-winning chilis" that never seem to fully deliver on their promise at some other local places.

You really can't go wrong with any of the rib dinners, as well as platters offering a base of pulled pork, sliced beef brisket, pulled or half chicken, boneless chicken breast or savory sausage.  The "Wampum Sampler" might be the best bargain, as well as a tour de force of what is great here. This dish features more than five pounds of food! The pork, brisket, sausage, half rack of St. Louis ribs, fries, sweet fries, beans, cole slaw, and cornbread is the stuff that barbecue fans like me dream about -- phenomenal!

When in the mood for "just" a large portion of barbecue food as opposed to a gargantuan one, I opt for the barbecue pulled pork platter with "cowboy" beans, collard greens and cornbread

Barbecue pulled pork diner from Commonwealth BBQ in Wrentham MA

The art and science of authentic slow barbecue cooking seems largely reserved for southern and midwestern United States BBQ joints, but Commonwealth BBQ takes some geographical liberties to bring that taste to the Boston area (it's about an hour's drive southwest of Boston). Add some picnic tables, a pleasant semi-rural suburban location and a colorful, welcoming, nostalgic drive-in vibe, and summer eating quickly becomes that much better. Or fall, winter and spring dining experiences, for that matter! This is simply one great roadside shack.

Commonwealth BBQ is located at 659 South St. in Wrentham MA.. Telephone: 508-384-9676. Website: Facebook fan page:

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Commonwealth BBQ is one of the best barbecue joints in the Boston area. It is a fun outdoor roadside food stop that is open year-round.

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