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The Firefly’s BBQ Story

Walk into Firefly’s in Marlborough, Massachusetts and, in addition to receiving a warm welcome, you’ll be greeted by the mouthwatering aromas of wood-smoked bar-b-que cooking and delectable downhome Southern fare.

       Over 25 years ago, I set out to learn the great art of barbecue cooking. It took me about nine years to perfect my rib recipe… Now you can sink your choppers into some of the best bar-b-que on the planet, right here at Firefly’s... and the awards keep piling up to prove it!

At Firefly’s, we smoke our meats for up to 16 hours, blending apple, cherry and hickory woods to create the signature red smoke ring that identifies the genuine low-fire, slow-cooking process of true bar-b-que. We offer four different styles of ribs and mop sauces from around the South including North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.


In addition to barbecue, you’ll find many other Southern specialties on our menu, from Burnt Ends to Fried Chicken, Po’ Boys, Red Beans ‘n Rice, Sweet Potato Pecan Puddin’, and more!

After Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492, Spanish explorers found the indigenous people of the Caribbean Islands and all over the southeastern part of North America roasting meat over “barbacoa” grills consisting of a wooden framework resting on sticks above a fire. The flames and smoke rose and enveloped the meat, giving it a distinctive flavor.  Explorers, buccaneers, enslaved people, settlers, and immigrants all adopted the technique and added spices and flavorings from their homes in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia to create the deliciously diverse style of cooking that today we call “bar-b-que”... or “barbecue”... or simply “BBQ” — our authentic American cuisine!

BBQ:  Our Authentic American Cuisine

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