Fragrant, Crackling Ribs a Standout at Taíno in Middletown

A plate of barbecue and sides from Taino Smokehouse in Middletown, CT


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Ribs were the standout when we stopped into Taíno Smokehouse in Middletown, CT, regarded among the better places for barbecue in Connecticut, for takeout.

If we had known earlier just how inviting the vine-draped patio would be, we probably would have stayed for lunch.

We ordered their top-tier beef brisket, American Wagyu sourced from the suddenly faddish Snake River Farms, and house-made sausage, but the St. Louis pork ribs had ‘it’ — a backyard quality of the pit, fragrant, crackling, lost in many larger and commercial operations.

My companions were especially taken by the cheesy corn — a creamed-corn-like side dish — I liked the collards and mac and cheese.

Taíno Smokehouse
482 S. Main St. Middletown, CT 06457
Wednesday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.