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Welcome to Chester's Barbecue™

  • Restaurant
  • Chet Dugas
  • Ribs
  • BBQ Sandwich
  • Smoker
  • Pork Sandwich
  • Dining Room 1
  • Dining Room 2
  • Kitchen
  • Dining Room 3
  • Storefront

How great barbecue came to Connecticut…..

Chester left East Lyme right after high school to seek his fortune in the Marine Corps. After active duty he moved to Kansas City and quickly fell in love with the local cuisine.
After stops in St. Louis, Omaha and Chicago, he returned home to Connecticut to open Chester’s Barbecue. The original store was 300 SF, eight seats and one tiny smoker. Within six months he was sleeping in the store to keep up with the demand.

Barbecue varies by region so we try to cover the gambit from Texas beef brisket to mid-Atlantic pulled pork. We even added corned beef with mustard sauce after some customer prodding on St. Paddy’s Day.

We hope you enjoy our barbecue as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are a family owned business and want to make it right.

God Bless - The Dugas Family

"Instead of grilling over a flame, Chester's slow-cooks its meat inside of the large metal smokers behind the restaurant. Seating is available inside of the two adjoining rooms, which are decked out in country decor. "
5 StarsTXwatson. - Sep. 14, 2011
Can you believe it, descent bbq in Connecticut? Can you believe it, descent bbq in Connecticut? I was surprised how good the brisket was, tho not as smokey as I'm used to being from Texas, largely due to the gas jet style smoker, but that doesn't take away from a crude understanding of the meat and barbecueing process they have.
Trip Advisor
5 StarsReviewed November 9, 2012
Chester know his stuff! My husband and I stopped in to Chester's recently in town on business. We're barbecue people and I had read the reviews on tripadvisor, so we gave it a shot. We walked in around 8pm on a stormy evening and although the restaurant was empty, Chester greeted us with a friendly welcome and went.....
5 Stars09/19/2012 - Connecticut B in Ledyard, CT
Chester's Barbecue in Groton makes me feel like I am home in Virginia again. We have lived in Connecticut since 1983 but I grew up in Virginia with fried chicken, collard greens, corn bread, and pecan pie. Chester's fulfills my craving for Southern food.
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943 Poquonnock Road
Groton, CT 06340
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