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“Great for lunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of B.T.'s Smokehouse

B.T.'s Smokehouse
392 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566-1083
+1 508-347-3188
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Ranked #1 of 46 Restaurants in Sturbridge
Price range: $5 - $12
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Description: B.T.'S Smokehouse is a dry-rubbed and slow-smoked barbecue restaurant located in the downtown section of Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Owner and Head Chef Brian Treitman is committed to delivering the very best barbecue to Massachusetts and beyond. Focusing on Southern-style cuisine, the menu offers natural grass-fed beef, chicken, pork, and other meats that have been dry rubbed and slow smoked for up to 24 hours with local apple and hickory woods. In addition to standard barbecue fare, the restaurant also offers more unusual entrees such as smoked salmon, chili made with brisket meat, and smoked turkey and chicken. We are also BYOB, so grab your favorite 6 pack on your way in. B.T.'S has won numerous awards since opening its doors, including the New England Regional Chili Cookoff and placing in the Top Ten Barbecue Restaurants in New England, and the Boston Globe named B.T.'S one of the "ten best places to bask in barbecue".
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“Great for lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I ate here with a colleague twice last week for lunch. I had the pulled pork with beans and blacked-eyed peas during one sitting and the Reuben Brisket Sandwich during the other sitting. My colleague ordered the beef brisket meal both times. The pulled pork was excellent. It was soft and you could tell it had been cooked for hours before it was served. The Reuben came with coleslaw on it. You receive large portions, so the value is excellent here. There are four different sizes for sandwiches and meals. The sandwiches do not comes with anything but the meals come with a choice of two sides. They allow you to bring your own alcohol into the place and drink it on the premises but they do not sell alcohol. This worked fine because there is a convenience store right next to the smokehouse. There was a line both times we came and it took about 10 minutes to order our meals. However, we only waited about 5 minutes to be served each time. One policy that disappointed us was that they will not give out tap water. If you want water then you have to buy bottled water or seltzer water.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Thompson, CT
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“Awesome & Authentic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Awesome food, for everyone, because even the side fixin's are fabulous, black-eyed peas, cucumber salad, carrot salad. the meat is spectacular and you can just eat half of it and bring the other half home for lunch tomorrow! :) The owner is authentic, and his work ethic shows-he has won all kinds of awards--and you know he has worked for them--and earned them. The proof is in the Barbecue!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We happened by this place on a weeknight and, with barbecue sounding good, we decided to stop. The service at the counter (it's an order-at-the-counter place) was indifferent. Our couple of questions met with scarcely veiled annoyance, and when we returned one of the cups we were given for fountain drinks because it was dirty, there was a close inspection of the cup and a palpable reluctance to give us another one. Not a good start, and it got worse.

It took 28 minutes to get our food. And we ordered only the standard stuff. We know it took 28 minutes because we were a bit pressed for time (though not in a huge hurry), and we checked the time on our receipt as the minutes clicked off and our frustration mounted. We were exactly 2 minutes away from demanding our money back and blowing out of the place when our order number was called. I've eaten at dozens of barbecue joints of all stripes, and even at sit-down, full-service places I've never waited more than half as long for food as we waited at B.T.'s. Worse still, the food wasn't worth the wait - or any wait.

We got pulled pork and brisket with a few sides. My pulled pork was hot, but the pulled pork in the other entree was cold. What they had in common, however, was that they were almost entirely black char. The brisket likewise was more black than any other color, with literally less than half the meat edible. Again, we're not strangers to barbecue, and we understand the charring that's done around the outer edges of the meat, especially brisket, and we do enjoy the so-called "burnt ends" on occasion, as many barbecue hounds do. But what was in front of us at B.T.'s went way beyond some blackness around the edges. It was black almost entirely to the core. We will say that what was edible tasted very good - the place is an authentic slow-smoked barbecue joint - but what was edible was simply too scant.

The sides weren't bad. The barbecue-style beans were smoky but also a little too sweet for my taste. The macaroni and cheese (ordered in abundance for the kids) was made with corkscrew pasta, real cheese and some love. (Note for parents of young ones - we adults liked it prepared this way, but our kids did not.) The french fries were thick-cut and tasty - but when we asked the help for some ketchup on our daughter's behalf (after unsuccessfully looking all around the dining room for some ourselves) we were told, with an unaccountable air of surprise, that they had no ketchup. I hate to be making a point about ketchup of all things, but was it really somehow unreasonable of us to expect that a place that has french fries will have (gasp of horror) ketchup? Just strange. It would make a lot more sense not to serve french fries in the first place, no?

Maybe we caught B.T.'s on a bad night. But even if we didn't live hundreds of miles away, we wouldn't be back and we wouldn't recommend it to others. The couple of good things about our experience were substantially outweighed by the bad things.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA
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“Best Barbecue in New England”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

You might be thinking, "It's not that hard to be the best barbecue in New England. After all, it's New England. What do THEY know about barbecue?" Well, put simply, the folks at BT Smokehouse have not only done their homework, they've earned an advanced degree in al things barbecue.

As a low-carb dieter, it's not always easy to find places that offer a good variety of foods that I can order in the first place, but BT has so many great options I don't think I've had the same meal there twice yet. The side items are very carby but they do have an a la carte menu that allows you to mix and match anything on the menu and put together the perfect plate for your tastes. They do offer cole slaw and collard greens as low-carb side options and I've ordered each repeatedly.

The barbecue sauce is pure vinegar-based Carolina-style. The collards compliment this well since they're also cooked with vinegar. The dressing for the cole slaw has vinegar, too (do you see a trend here?). The meats are prepared with a dry rub and are served with several sauces from spicy to sweet. They offer brisket, pulled chicken, pulled pork, pork ribs, and even have their "link of the day" which lets patrons sample different kinds of sausage, all fresh and made onsite.

The best value on the menu by far are the wings. At a buck a wing, you might think they're a little pricey until you realize you are getting a whole wing, not just one joint. Six of these wings is the same as a dozen anyplace else and they cost about half. Even better are the home made sauces that come with them. You have never had buffalo sauce like this. Just five words explain it perfectly: blue cheese in the sauce. What a brilliant idea!

The only downside is that if you plan to dine in, going at peak times could make that tricky. The place gets VERY crowded and service can be a little slow. If you live close by, my suggestion is to simply order takeout. You can even phone your order in ahead of time.

As for the carby bits, I can only go by my son's assessment of things. The mac-n-cheese I'm told is really good and they have hand-cut fries that can be prepared with or without a spicy seasoning. My son isn't crazy about the spicy stuff and they are happy to leave it off. They also have some really nice baked goods. the last time we were there my son had a thin mint brownie. The words themselves sound delicious, don't they?

BT Smokehouse is located practically right outside Old Sturbridge Village so enjoy strolling the village and hit BT for dinner. It's a great way to end the day.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bartlett, New Hampshire
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“Busy & Tasty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Went early on a Saturday night - heard it was small and crowded - it'a all true! Parking is very tight. While waiting for food - you have to be quick to snag a table & once your seated - be comfortable knowing others are hunting your table. Kind of uncomfortable - but once the food arrives - your too involved in eating and not so much the glaring stares of others sizing up just when you'll be done. Had both St Louis & beef ribs - delicious! The rub is dry and not a wet mess. Divine! Pleny of sauce options to make it wet and optional flavors. Others in my party tried 3 sauces - slightly disappointed saying they seems to be watered down. Possibly due to the sheer volume of people being served. I am a purest and do not bother with sauces. Rub was delicious. Also purchased the hush puppies - a little on the well done side, but still good; carrot slaw and potato salad were ok, the potato salad is very different-sort of spicy. Not bad, just different. Sweet tea is refreshing. The disappointment was the pulled pork sandwiches - mushy and extremely greasy. It didn't taste bad, just unexpectedly greasy. Sauce on top just made it run faster down your arm. All in all, value is good, fun little place for all sorts of people. Staff is patient and helpful.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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