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B.T. Smokehouse Southern Barbecue: The Real Deal in Sturbridge

I know it's the Boston board but we often head out this way to visit family in the Berkshires and this is so worth a stop on the way! we bring dinner and no one is more welcome than a rib-carrying guest. This is easily the best and most reasonably priced barbecue in New England (I haven't tried Sweet Cheeks so take that into account). The sides are as good as the ribs: collard greens, black eyed peas and cole slaw taste as it should. The ribs and the homemade beef jerky are so good we haven't gotten to the wings, house-smoked salmon or pulled pork yet but we're trying. Great little place, order ahead. Five minutes off the Sturbridge exit on the Mass Pike right up Main Street.

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  1. The wings and tacos are worthy. I've been praising BT's here for some time as the best BBQ in MA.

    1. The onion rings are the best I've ever tasted. And if only the brisket had more smoke flavor, it would be absolutely perfect. I've had some good ribs and some bad ribs there. And of course their "cornbread" is New England corncake, but hey, I like that stuff too.

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      1. re: Luther

        My one visit there I found the brisket to be great and very smokey. Great place.

      2. Love, love, love BT's. We stop here when we do our NH to NJ drive.

        1. teezeetoo, if you read the thread on Sweet Cheeks, you won't bother to go there, as you'll see a lot of posts, including mine, extolling the virtues of BT's. I'm in love with their Brisket Reuben.

          I will say the biscuits with maple butter at Sweet Cheeks are great. They are 4 for $10.00.

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          1. re: CookieLee

            I love BTs too but I still find that statement ridiculous.

            If I live in the city and don't have a car (cuz, I do and I don't), I'm not going to explicitly eschew SC just because BTs is better because they're not directly comparable - they're over an hour drive apart! I don't exactly see a T stop anywhere near BTs either.

            1. re: jgg13

              It's not a T stop but a phantom tollbooth. Take the fifteenth door on the left in the Tip O'Neill Tunnel and turn around three times while imagining a big plate of smoked chicken wings. You will be there in no time.

              1. re: hckybg

                Gonna try this out at lunch, thanks :)

                IMO, I'm not even sure that I think BTs belongs on the "Greater Boston" board considering that it is past Worcester. We don't talk about places in Manchester, NH or Providence, RI here, why are we talking about things in Sturbridge?

              2. re: jgg13

                OK, lighten up. Jeez, it's not like I go there on a regular basis. All I mean to say is their bbq is fabulous. I'm sorry if you can't get out to Sturbridge. As for it being on the Greater Boston board, read the OP's reason for posting it.

                1. re: CookieLee

                  It's just that it's a silly comment. Why bother going to anything here in boston when there's a better equivalent somewhere else? It irks me when people don't take location into account when they make these sorts of sweeping statements.

                  1. re: jgg13

                    To be honest, there are certain things that I wait to eat when I can get the better equivalent. I certainly didn't mean to irk you.

            2. Not to mention that brian smokes his own bacon and sausage. I did the same thing bringing ribs to friends in the Berkshires for dinner. This place is the best i've had in the northeast and among the best I've had anywhere for quality and value.