Norfolk Avenue in Roxbury, Massachusetts is not the most aesthetically pleasing place. Warehouses line the street on both sides, as well as an auto body shop and the remnants of a large, burned building. At the end of Norfolk Ave., on the corner of Hampden Street, is an old salvage lot that is now mostly empty and bare. It is in this lot, however, that you will find one of Boston's greatest treasures: M&M Ribs, or Big Moe's BBQ Truck as it is often called.
M&M Ribs is a family run business, operated by "Big Moe" (Maurice) and his wife “Little Moe”. The two of them grew up eating southern style barbecue in North Carolina and Alabama, respectively, and have joined together to create the best barbecue in Boston. That's right, the best. In fact, M&M Ribs was voted Best of Boston, 2009. And not only is the food delicious, it is very affordable, and the portions are enormous.
The best deals at Big Moe's are the Dinners, which come with your choice of meat and two sides. My personal favorite is the beef brisket ($10), served with candied yams and collard greens. The brisket is juicy, savory and filling, the greens perfectly steamed and flavorful, and the candied yams are like dessert for dinner; sweet and delectable. The food is so filling that I can only finish half of my meal, but I'm always happy to eat the leftovers for lunch the following day. If you're not into brisket, I recommend trying the ribs ($10); after all, they are the namesake of the place. I think it's called M&M Ribs because the meat melts in your mouth, not in your hands. When you bring the tender, meaty goodness to your mouth, it literally melts right off the bone. Creating pure taste-bud-bliss, the flavors of the sauce, the grill and the meat are in perfect balance. As with anything served from the barbecue truck, the ribs are delicious with any of the eight choices of sides. Personally, I like mine with coleslaw and potato salad, which are both homemade, and reminiscent of mid-summer family cookouts, though you may want to try the macaroni and cheese, or spicy rice and beans.
If you feel too limited by ordering a Dinner, don't despair, there's plenty more food on the menu. You can order an entire chicken for just $9.25, though half a chicken is also an option, and if that sounds like too much food there's always fried wings. Pork ribs are offered in four different portion sizes, ranging from a full slab for $20 or chopped into a few individual ribs for just five bucks. Adventurous eaters may be interested in trying oxtails ($7.50) or pigs feet ($4.00) from the Specials section of the menu, or you could play it safe with the pork chop sandwich for $5.50, or the fried chicken sandwich for just $4.
Whether you order a Dinner, or order multiple dishes, do not skip the dessert menu. In true southern fashion, Big Moe offers sweet potato pie in two sizes ($4 for a small, $9 for a large), as well as peach cobbler and banana pudding ($3 each). All of these desserts are homemade, and unforgettably delicious.
There is a $10 limit for all credit card transactions and a $25 dollar minimum for delivery orders. Located at 120 Hampden Street in Roxbury, M&M Ribs is open Wednesday 11AM – 6 PM, Thursday 11 AM – 8 PM, Friday 11 AM – 10 PM and Saturday 11 AM to 3 AM for you late night food fiends. Sadly, they don't do business from Sunday through Tuesday, otherwise I'd eat their food seven days a week. For more information visit them online at www.mandmribs.com, or on facebook.