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Curtis's Barbecue

Route 5, Putney, VT - (802) 387-5474
More a picnic than a restaurant, Curtis's serves ribs and chicken from the window of a bus to be eaten at outdoor tables. Curtis Tuff offers two sauces: mild and spicy, both of which are finger-licking good. On the side you want a nice baked potato, a cup of beans, and/or ears of sweet corn.
82% Approval Rating (56 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Ribs
Baked Beans
Ribs
Chicken
Baked Potato

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
"The self-proclaimed “Ninth Wonder of the World” truly is an amazing phenomenon: an excellent barbecue parlor in Vermont. No regional excuses need be made for the racks of ribs and half chickens pitmaster Curtis Tuff cooks on a big open grate over smoldering hardwood. ..."   [Read More]
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Michael Zack
May 03, 2011
"It's funny reading the opinions of Curtis'. The sauce does have vinegar. If you don't like vinegar, you should bring your own Kraft BBQ sauce or KC Masterpiece. Also, sauce can be served on the side, and the sign there says so. Smoky and porky ribs are tender, ..."   [Read More]
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Cheryl Stevens
August 23, 2010
"We were on our way home from visiting relatives in Jericho, VT. I had seen Curtis's Barbecue on The Phantom Gourmet and decided this was a beautiful day to stop. My husband and I had the loaded baked potatoes (one chicken and one pork) and we split an ear of ..."   [Read More]
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Joe Frangiamore
February 20, 2010
"Be warned: your two plates of ribs for $50 are going to be soaked in vinegar-flavored BBQ sauce. Just awful. Even the two couples seated next to us were complaining about this practice of DRENCHING the ribs and chicken in this terrible BBQ sauce. How people rave ..."   [Read More]
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Derek Waddington
June 12, 2008
"I didn't meet Curtis, but his staff were the rudest people I have ever dealt with in a restauarant. I arrived late and they told me I had to take the ribs to go because they wanted to clean up. I assumed that meant I shouldn't use the picnic tables. So, I had a ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

Route 5, Putney, VT
(802) 387-5474

http://www.curtisbbqvt.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Summer, Fall, Spring
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
The ribs on their grate are perpetually surrounded by a veil of delicious-smelling smoke.
"The ribs on their grate are perpetually surrounded by a veil of delicious-smelling smoke."
Michael Stern





A half-slab of ribs, painted with spicy hot sauce, ready to be pulled from the bone and savored
"A half-slab of ribs, painted with spicy hot sauce, ready to be pulled from the bone and savored"
Michael Stern


The truly great side dish at Curtis's is the baked potato, but these beans are not to be slighted. They're very Yankee -- toothsome and not too sweet -- and yet they are soulfully saturated with flavor.
"The truly great side dish at Curtis's is the baked potato, but these beans are not to be slighted. They're very Yankee -- toothsome and not too sweet -- and yet they are soulfully saturated with flavor."
Michael Stern



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Donald Hecht


Curtis Tuff, at far right, tends the half-chickens on his smoky pit.
"Curtis Tuff, at far right, tends the half-chickens on his smoky pit."
Michael Stern


Full slab, collard greens, and a corn muffin.
"Full slab, collard greens, and a corn muffin."
Eric Males


Cooked the same way for over 50 years
"Cooked the same way for over 50 years"
michael sacenti


Isabel the pig is in her dotage and spends most of the time snoozing behind the cookers. She used to pester guests for snacks. Mr. Tuff refers to his mascot as
"Isabel the pig is in her dotage and spends most of the time snoozing behind the cookers. She used to pester guests for snacks. Mr. Tuff refers to his mascot as "the boss.""
Michael Stern


Menu is simple but adequate
"Menu is simple but adequate"
michael sacenti


On a sunny day, there's no place nicer to eat ribs and chicken than at a table in the meadow that adjoins the barbecue pits.
"On a sunny day, there's no place nicer to eat ribs and chicken than at a table in the meadow that adjoins the barbecue pits."
Michael Stern


The man behind it all...
"The man behind it all..."
Valery P


Stone pigs chillin'.
"Stone pigs chillin'."
Pete Duval


Curtis offers spicy and mild sauce to go; and while the sauce is good, it's the ribs and chicken that we want to take with us when we leave.
"Curtis offers spicy and mild sauce to go; and while the sauce is good, it's the ribs and chicken that we want to take with us when we leave."
Michael Stern


Probably one of the 1st Food Trucks/Bus's
"Probably one of the 1st Food Trucks/Bus's "
michael sacenti


We never asked Curtis Tuff how he determined his place to be the 9th Wonder of the World. We were unaware that there was an Eighth!
"We never asked Curtis Tuff how he determined his place to be the 9th Wonder of the World. We were unaware that there was an Eighth! "
Michael Stern



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