Take 10 - New England's best barbecue
Maybe it has something to do with his Culinary Institute of America training, but Brian Treitman is fanatical about creating an intense flavor profile in his barbecue, principally using a dry rub technique for poultry (his smoked turkey is a big hit around Thanksgiving), pork, and beef. Treitman’s rub is one of the most aggressive around, packed with a substantial chili pepper punch. Although you can order pork ribs “naked’’ (without sauce), he usually simmers them in a spicy, sweet sauce after taking them out of the smoker. The main location in Brimfield is inside a campground (more or less a trailer park) on Route 20; Treitman also maintains a satellite “Snack Shack’’ with an abbreviated menu next to Yankee Liquors in Sturbridge.
Village Green Campground, 228 Sturbridge Road (Route 20), Brimfield, 413-388-3163; 376 Main St., Sturbridge, 508-0344-6537, www.btsmokehouse.com. Brimfield open Tuesday-Sunday for lunch and dinner, Sturbridge open daily (closes 6 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday). $7-$25 (cash only).