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Smoke'n Bones, Oak Bluffs

20 Oakland Avenue
Oak Bluffs , Massachusetts
Tel: 508 696 7427's insider take:

If a day of slow cooking on the beach leaves you with a taste for pit barbecue, head for this rib joint a few blocks from downtown Oak Bluffs. The setting is gimmicky—red neon flames flicker above the open kitchen, the marble door handles are shaped like bones, and each dining table has a hole at the end for diners to throw their scraps into. Jokes aside, much of this place's success is down to the smokehouse out back, where a pit crew uses mesquite, hickory, and oak to cook dry-rubbed Virginia pork ribs and Texas-style beef brisket. Every meal comes with a slab of cornbread, a pile of baked beans, and fresh-made coleslaw—and, thankfully, a roll of paper towels to clean up with.

Open early April through late October.

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