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Porky Pete's BBQ

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90 Plains Rd, Essex, CT 06426-1501
+1 860-767-1021
11:00 - 18:00
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New Haven, Connecticut
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20 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The ribs were so dry I threw them away! Plus they didn't remove the membrane so you could not even cut through the individual ribs. Their sauce was bland and not at all what I would call bbq sauce. How this place remains in business is a mystery.

Thank borntotravel2012
Granby, Connecticut
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

My daughter wanted bbq so we ventured out and found this hidden gem in the center of a small CT town. The food was tasty and the service was good and friendly. It's a basic bbq place, nothing fancy, great for families with small kids.

Thank bmagl
Old Lyme, Connecticut
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Picnic day with my girls to search for Bald Eagles on the Connecticut River and we decided on BBQ. The reviews led us to the unfortunate destination of Porky Pete's BBQ. We ordered everything on the menu and went to the river with great hunger and looking for a great lunch and a great eagle watch. Sadly to say the... More 

Thank eliisawinkel
Madison CT
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

Came at closing time. They stayed open an extra 15 minutes to fill our take-out order. Got to talk with the chef as well as the other owners. They really are enthusiastic about the food they make using their family's secret recepies. They claim to have the best Bar B Q food north of the Mason Dixon Line! I think... More 

Thank MadisonCTBob
Essex, Connecticut
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Great food if you can find it! It's worth the short drive from the steam train or downtown if you want a great sandwich or meal.

Thank Greg G
Essex, Connecticut
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Family owned, friendly restaurant with delicious smoked ribs, pork, brisket, etc and delicious homemade sides like "Texas caviar, Mac and cheese, homemade potato chips, Cole slaw etc. Casual, comfortable picnic tables, clean and cheerful. Nice outdoor seating. In beautiful little downtown Ivoryton, right near the historic playhouse. Not expensive.

Thank irisbow
Amherst, Massachusetts
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94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

There is only outside eating, and the while the sandwich is ok, it's not great. But then I'm coming form the south where there is real BBQ

Thank Conniefay
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187 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

Mouth-wateringly delicious hickory smoked pulled pork sandwich on a brioche bun. Great smoke flavor, a little spice in the sauce. Super cheap prices. My wife loved the Cole slaw as well. Hole in the wall joint, shares a building with the gas station, no real seating. Get some to-go food and enjoy.

Thank ofglass
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61 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

I have eaten here several times. If you like BBQ you will enjoy this food. The cookies are excellent, too.

1 Thank Sailor-NHYC
Essex, Connecticut
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93 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

The pork was really good. Not over the top, but good. I will try again . Maybe things were prepared ahead of time .

Thank Harley M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 90 Plains Rd, Essex, CT 06426-1501
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Essex
  • Phone Number: +1 860-767-1021

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?