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2022 BBQ

Editors’ Choice

Rusty Can, Byfield

James “Sully” Sullivan studied pit masters online for years before perfecting his BBQ technique—and that hard work shows. Always crowded, the intentionally scruffy spot hidden in a strip mall turns out meltingly tender beef brisket, pulled pork, and ribs, not to mention smoked wings and off-the-charts nachos. Specials change frequently—check the chalkboard—and the sides are always delicious. Rusty Can, 6 Fruit St., Byfield, 978-462-1204,


Readers’ Choice 

American BBQ, Rowley

Known for generous portions, American BBQ has been perfecting recipes for Southern-style, genuine wood-smoked BBQ for more than 15 years. Owners Steve and Michelle Pierro keep turning out new sauces and rubs, which you can purchase both online and at the restaurant. 5 Railroad Ave., Rowley, 978-948-2626,

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