This is the best barbecue restaurant in Massachusetts

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

BT’s Smokehouse in Sturbridge, MA has been named one of the culinary blog’s list of the best barbecue restaurants in every state.

Here’s what lovefood.com had to say about BTs:

“From a trailer to a cabin, BT’s Smokehouse is a thriving southern-style barbecue restaurant in tiny, historic Sturbridge. It serves hickory cured and applewood smoked meats for 14 hours on plates or stuffed in burritos, rubens and sandwiches. The flagship products are pulled pork, ribs, brisket, cucumber salad, macaroni and cheese and collard greens.

The BT Smokehouse was founded in 2007. It is the official barbecue for the Red Sox AAA branch, Worcester Red Sox, with a concession stand inside Polar Park.

Here’s how BT himself, Brian Treitman, says he approaches barbecue, according to the restaurant’s website:

“I try to cook my barbecue the way you think barbecue should taste. When you think of a pork chop, in your mind it’s tender, succulent, ready to fall off the bone with a little smoke, and glazed with a savory, spicy and sweet sauce. You want to lick your fingers – no need for a towel. You want to soak the bone in the remaining drops and then vacuum it up to dry it. This is how I try to cook.

Thinking of going on a barbecue road trip? Here is lovefood.com’s full list of the best barbecue restaurants in every state:

  1. Alabama: Big Bob Gibson Bar-BQ, 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 Grill, Big Pine
  6. Colorado: Georgia Boys’ BBQ, Longmont
  7. Connecticut: Pig BBQ, Wallingford
  8. Delaware: Limestone and Bourbon BBQ, Wilmington
  9. Florida: Shiver’s Bar-BQ, Homestead
  10. Georgia: Wiley’s Championship BBQ, Savannah
  11. Hawaii: Sunset Smokehouse, Wahiawa
  12. Idaho: Barbecue Rib Shack, Eagle
  13. Illinois: smoked barbecue, Chicago
  14. Indiana: Smoked Breasts from Hank, 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 BBQ, Portland
  20. Maryland: 2Fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park
  21. Massachusetts: BT Smokehouse, Sturbridge
  22. Michigan: Slows Down Bar-BQ, Detroit
  23. Minnesota: Animales Barbecue, Minneapolis
  24. Mississippi: Clay’s Pig House, Tupelo
  25. Missouri: City Butcher and BBQ, Springfield
  26. Montana: the notorious pig, Missoula
  27. Nebraska: Smokin Barrel BBQ, Omaha
  28. Nevada: John Mull’s Meats and Road Kill Grill, Las Vegas
  29. New Hampshire: Smokeshow BBQ, Concord
  30. New Jersey: Red White & Que Smokehouse, Kearny
  31. New Mexico: Mad Jack Mountain Top BBQ, 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-BQ, Providence
  40. South Carolina: Lewis Barbecue, Charleston
  41. South Dakota: JR’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. Virginie: Café HogsHead, 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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