Good news: You don't need to settle for sub-par barbecue fare when you're in Yankee country. At B.T.'s Smokehouse in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, we discovered some of the best BBQ New England can claim. That is, once we found the place.
B.T.'s Smokehouse is just off I-84 near the Connecticut/Massachusetts state line at 392 Main Street in Sturbridge, right on Route 20 in the heart of town near popular attraction Old Sturbridge Village. Driving west on Route 20, though, we initially missed this unassuming little BBQ joint (seating was expanded in 2013), which is tucked back off the road a bit: Watch for the outdoor tables and enormous smokers.
We were on the way home to Connecticut from Hampton Beach in August 2012, and after days spent eating seafood--even lobster for breakfast--we were in the mood for meat. I read rave reviews of B.T.'s on my cell phone as we approached, but when we ordered at the counter and took a table inside, my expectations were still moderate.