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Curtis's Barbecue

Route 5, Putney, VT - (802) 387-5474
Posted By Michael Zack on 5/3/2011 2:40:00 PM
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, moist, and chewy, and they are cooked over a wood fire, not charcoal.

I have been going to Curtis's for 25 years and the staff is indeed rude, unfriendly, and impersonal. I do not go there to eat with them so it does not matter so much. Curtis is there most of the time and he is a friendly, grateful owner.

Chicken is a bit dry but who wants chicken when there is pork? The stuffed potato is awesome, but why eat a potato that would take up pork room? Coleslaw is some of the best, zesty and not made with Miracle Whip, but again, less room for pork. We routinely make the 50-mile run each way through the summer to bring all the guys at work a "Pork Fix."

As for the bees, bugs, mosquitoes and all, some people should not be in Vermont. They should eat in an air-conditioned building in Fairfield County.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Ribs
Baked Beans
Baked Potato
Chicken
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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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