We all salivate at the mere thought of barbeque. There is something about a brisket sandwich smothered in a flavorful, smoked barbeque sauce that makes us reminiscent of summer days and while we can all indulge in a little more barbeque from time to time, it is often hard to find a great place in New England. Yes, we have B.T.’s Smokehouse, but they can’t be the only ones holding down the fort for the entire barbeque industry in Central Massachusetts.

Enter Millbury’s The Coop – where the name lives up to their obsession with chickens and barbeque. With over 17 barbeque sauces and 6 dry rubs, the Coop offers no shortage of distinct tastes. Barbeque varies by region, with four main styles: Memphis, Tenn.; North Carolina; Kansas City; and Texas. Each variation is unique to its place of origin, but something must be said for the classic flavors with a twist provided by the Coop. Located in downtown, Millbury, the Coop is quickly becoming a favorite for local barbeque enthusiasts.

Yes, their menu offers classic barbeque platters like 2lbs of Coop house spice rub chicken wings with a side of fries, but they also offer platters unique to their location. The Sunday Brunch sandwich – a pulled pork sandwich stuffed with waffle fries, bacon, fried eggs, and buttermilk ranch barbeque – and the BBQ Brisket Ruben – a classic Ruben sandwich topped with slaw, Swiss, fried pickles and boom boom sauce (obviously, a house special) – are only but a few unique dishes at The Coop. But if these dishes are not #SundayFunday enough for you, then opt-in for the St. Louis Style Ribs – served with cornbread (a must have) – and end your meal with brown sugar vanilla bread pudding. Between the caramel sauce and whipped cream from the bread pudding and the famous Coop Juice – their twist on a classic Sangria – you’ll leave fully satisfied and wish you had more time to enjoy your #SundayFunday adventure to Millbury.

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