I've searched long and wide, eating my way through BBQ joints across this great nation of ours. I can honestly say that B.T.'s Smokehouse in Sturbridge, Massachusetts has the best brisket that I have ever eaten.

Photo by Large "Hickory Smoked" Dave

This past Saturday was one of the 10 best weather days of the year. Sunny, with low humidity, temps in the 80's. Mrs. Large and I took a ride up to see her parents, who live outside of Springfield, Mass. We made our way down Rt. 20 towards 392 Main Street, where B.T's is located in the heart of Sturbridge. B.T.'s is relatively small, with a beautiful smoker parked right outside the restaurant. The meaty smells are intoxicating as you enter. By the time we got there, it was close to 4PM, and the ribs were sold out for the day. My suggestion, if you're going for ribs, go to lunch. They fly out the door quickly.

Photo by Large "Burnt Ends" Dave

We decided to order a pint of the Brisket ($18), an order of "Cheezy Bawlz of Love", which are deep-fried dough balls with pulled pork, dirty rice, and cheese filling, a side of mac and cheese, and a side of the cucumber salad. Absolutely incredible. We were grunting and groaning in culinary delight at each bite. The brisket was incredibly tender, you could honestly eat it with a spoon. Perfectly seasoned and loaded with flavor. Honestly, the best brisket that I have ever had. The Cheezy Bawlz were perfectly cooked, and loaded with flavor. Even the Cucumber salad, tossed with a house vinaigrette, was outstanding. Our bill came out to $36. Very reasonable considering the quality and quantity of the food.

Photo by Large "Hazy" Dave

I've only been to the Sturbridge Village area once before, but the area looks beautiful, and with the world-famous Brimfield Antiques show coming up in the first couple of weeks in July, it's a great time to pack up the family and get up there to enjoy some great BBQ. I highly recommend B.T.'s and I can see why they've been named one of the top 10 BBQ joints in New England according to the Boston Globe.

Photo by Large "Big Fan" Dave

In the mood for BBQ, Bacon, Brews and more? Come to the Bacon and Brew Festival Saturday July 16, 2016 on the City Center Green in Danbury. For Tickets and more info, click on the link below