Take 10 - New England's best barbecue
Muddy River serves all its barbecue with a sweet, tangy sauce as well, which is a pretty fair complement to the brown-sugar-based dry rub. Some spice purists consider the heavy sugar a misstep, but it guarantees a distinctive pink “smoke ring’’ around the edges. Baby back ribs are the best seller here, but don’t miss the unusual house special of battered and deep-fried pickles.
21 Congress St., Portsmouth, N.H. 603-430-9582, www.muddyriver.com. Open daily for lunch and dinner. $8.99-$20.99.