Three of my most favorite barbecue places in town comes from a grandson, a bird, and some brothers. But since I am an Equal Opportunity Eater, I also go to all the other hundred (bbq) places in town. You know how servers ask if it’s the first time you’ve been to a place? Like, so what if I have or haven’t? What can you possibly tell me if I haven’t? I’ve been here a couple of times and sure enough, I get asked that million dollar question. So I put it to the test and answered, No. I waited for a good comeback. Because I never get one. And… this girl no older than 18, actually had a good one. She proceeds to tell me a brief history of the place, how the menu is laid out, what some of the items were, what the portions are like, and gave a few suggestions. I was actually impressed.
On this visit, we got a combo plate and some ribs. I have never been blown away by their KC- style barbecue. They use this sweet glaze on the meat that I’m not a big fan of. It’s cloyingly sweet and reminded me of those fake-looking chicken entrees from chain restaurants. An option is to get the Memphis-style dry-rub instead. The meats here are fork-tender and flavorful and the portions are huge.
What’s really amazing here are the sides. They are all made in-house from scratch. Two words: Corn Pudding. It’s savory with a slight sweet, lots of corn flavor, lots of fresh corn. It’s a cross between a quiche and a pie. It’s buttery, milky, eggy, and just plain delicious.
Other notable sides include the creamy cheese grits, the leafy collard greens, the macaroni & cheese, and the Vidalia onion rings. I’d go for the corn pudding alone.
Smokejack Southern Grill and BBQ
29 S Main St
Alpharetta, GA 30004
5063 Post Rd.
Cumming, GA 30040