I love good barbecue, so I jumped at the chance to sample the wares of the Smoke Shack at the Broadway location. The building itself is, I think, a bit on the smallish side for the place, and parking is definitely tight. But by getting here early, at the beginning of the lunch service, I parked and got my order in pretty quick.
The verdict? Great meats and mainly mainly so-so sides.
I love sliders, and I ordered the brisket and pulled pork versions. Served on what seemed to be freshly baked rolls, the sliders were a delight. The brisket was moist and tender and included just enough bark to pack a punch. Topped by a good smoky red BBQ sauce, this was a winner. The pulled pork slider was also good, with tender flavorful meat, but the vinegar-based sauce was a bit strong for my taste, and almost overpowered the pork.
The brisket sandwich was similarly good.
The serving was generous — enough to share, not that you’d want to share such good brisket.
I do appreciate the fact that the Smoke Shack offers a choice of sauces, and that one is vinegar-based.
As for the sides — the spicy cream corn was really good — spicy, and maybe made creamy with cream cheese? The potato salad was good. The mac and cheese was average. And the beans were bland, bland, bland.
And then there was the banana pudding dessert, which I’m pretty sure was made by Sysco or some such, and included, I guess, just to offer some sort of dessert.
The woman working the counter seemed really overwhelmed, and it was the beginning of the serving day. I’m glad I went early.
I will return to the Smoke Shack for the BBQ meats, but other than the cream corn, I think I’ll skip the sides.
The Smoke Shack is located at 3714 Broadway. You can find hours and more info here: http://www.smokeshacksa.com/.