Chef Rick Araujo of Civic Kitchen & Drink knew who to tap for an evening dedicated to “award winning barbeque.”

B.T.’s Smokehouse has cultivated a rich barbeque culture in New England for over a decade. Fueled by quality natural meats, a coveted dry rub, and a whole lot of patience, B.T.’s Smokehouse slow smokes its bounty over local apple and hickory – sometimes for days on end. This illustrious eatery may have found its start in a roadside trailer, but today, B.T.’s Smokehouse in Sturbridge is consistently recognized among the top barbeque joints in New England.

Chef William Nemeroff is the Director of Operations at B.T.’s Smokehouse. Nemeroff is an “award winner” himself having secured the title of Champion at Worcester Best Chef’s Iron Chef Competition in both 2016 and 2017. On Wednesday, March 21st, he teams up with Araujo to bring his barbeque prowess to Westborough.

“We are all about local product and the community, so we love taking this opportunity to showcase our local heroes in the culinary landscape,” shares Araujo. “Bill is respected throughout the region for his fantastic BBQ dishes, and we can’t wait to welcome him to our kitchen on March 21. We’re going to be cooking up some amazing BBQ – I can’t wait to learn some of his secrets!”

The evening will kick off at 6 p.m. with B.T.’s 3 year aged prosciutto as well as sausages and accoutrements by The Civic. Wormtown pairings will accompany each of the five courses. Other featured dishes are set to include a smoked Faroe Island salad, double smoked pork jowl with Four Star Farms cheddar grits, and a 26 hour smoked beef brisket. Save room for dessert; Araujo and Nemeroff are sending guests off with a pudding of bourbon roasted banana puree and smoked nuts.

This is the first in a series of guest collaboration dinners at The Civic. It promises to be no ordinary dinner party. Limited tickets remain on The Civic’s website for $59 per person.