This Is The Best Barbecue Restaurant In Massachusetts


Sure, barbecue is traditionally known to be more of a southern thing, but that doesn’t mean you have to travel south of the Mason-Dixon Line to get some quality “Q.” In fact, the people at lovefood.com say there’s one barbecue restaurant in Massachusetts that smokes the rest.

B.T.’s Smokehouse in Sturbridge, MA was named among the food blog’s list of the best barbecue restaurant in every state.

Here’s what lovefood.com had to say about B.T.’s:

“Growing from a trailer to a shack, B.T.’s Smokehouse is a flourishing Southern-style barbecue joint in tiny, historic Sturbridge. It serves dry rubbed, 14-hour hickory and applewood-smoked meats as plates or stuffed into burritos, reubens and sandwiches. Standouts are the pulled pork, ribs, brisket, cucumber salad, mac ‘n’ cheese and collard greens.”

B.T.’s Smokehouse was founded in 2007. They’re the official BBQ of the Red Sox AAA affiliate Worcester Red Sox, with a concession stand inside Polar Park.

Here’s how B.T. himself, Brian Treitman says he approaches barbecue, according to the restaurant’s website:

“I try to cook my BBQ the way you think BBQ should taste. When you think about a pork rib, in your mind it is tender, succulent, ready to fall off the bone with a little smoke and glazed with a flavorful, spiced, sweet sauce. You want to lick your fingers – no need for a napkin. You want to dip the bone into the drippings that are left and then suck it dry. That’s the way I try to cook.”

Thinking about making a barbecue road trip? Here is lovefood.com’s full list of list of the best barbecue restaurant in every state:

  1. Alabama: Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, Decatur
  2. Alaska: Turnagain Arm PiT BBQ, Indian
  3. Arizona: Little Miss BBQ, Phoenix
  4. Arkansas: Sim’s Bar-B-Que, Little Rock
  5. California: Copper Top BBQ, Big Pine
  6. Colorado: Georgia Boys BBQ, Longmont
  7. Connecticut: Pig Rig BBQ, Wallingford
  8. Delaware: Limestone BBQ and Bourbon, Wilmington
  9. Florida: Shiver’s Bar-B-Q, Homestead
  10. Georgia: Wiley’s Championship BBQ, Savannah
  11. Hawaii: Sunset Smokehouse, Wahiawa
  12. Idaho: Rib Shack Barbecue, Eagle
  13. Illinois: Smoque BBQ, Chicago
  14. Indiana: Hank’s Smoked Briskets, Indianapolis
  15. Iowa: Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack, Iowa City
  16. Kansas: Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, Kansas City
  17. Kentucky: Old Hickory Bar-B-Que, Owensboro
  18. Louisiana: The Joint, New Orleans
  19. Maine: Wilson County Barbecue, Portland
  20. Maryland: 2Fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park
  21. Massachusetts: B.T.'s Smokehouse, Sturbridge
  22. Michigan: Slows Bar-B-Q, Detroit
  23. Minnesota: Animales Barbecue, Minneapolis
  24. Mississippi: Clay’s House of Pig, Tupelo
  25. Missouri: City Butcher and Barbecue, Springfield
  26. Montana: The Notorious P.I.G., Missoula
  27. Nebraska: Smokin Barrel BBQ, Omaha
  28. Nevada: John Mull’s Meats and Road Kill Grill, Las Vegas
  29. New Hampshire: Smokeshow Barbeque, Concord
  30. New Jersey: Red White & Que Smokehouse, Kearny
  31. New Mexico: Mad Jack’s Mountaintop Barbecue, Cloudcroft
  32. New York: John Brown BBQ, Long Island City
  33. North Carolina: Skylight Inn BBQ, Ayden
  34. North Dakota: Spitfire Bar & Grill, West Fargo
  35. Ohio: Eli’s BBQ, Cincinnati
  36. Oklahoma: Smokin’ Joe’s Rib Ranch, Davis
  37. Oregon: Matt’s BBQ, Portland
  38. Pennsylvania: Harvey's Main Street BBQ, Mount Joy
  39. Rhode Island: Durk’s Bar-B-Q, Providence
  40. South Carolina: Lewis Barbecue, Charleston
  41. South Dakota: J.R.'s Rhodehouse BBQ PIT, Summerset
  42. Tennessee: Peg Leg Porker, Nashville
  43. Texas: Franklin Barbecue, Austin
  44. Utah: Charlotte-Rose's Carolina BBQ, Millcreek
  45. Vermont: Bluebird Barbecue, Burlington
  46. Virginia: HogsHead Cafe, Henrico
  47. Washington: Brileys BBQ & Grill, Lake Forest Park
  48. West Virginia: Hickory House, Jane Lew
  49. Wisconsin: Double B’s BBQ, West Allis
  50. Wyoming: HQ BBQ, Evansville

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