Good Eats: Smoke BBQ, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Smoke

If you are a fan of BBQ, you need to check out this joint. I don’t want to say I am a BBQ expert, but I have had my fair share of BBQ dishes thanks to my husband, who may just be an expert. Between the two of us we love good BBQ, but honestly it’s a hard “cuisine” to master and to find a really good BBQ joint can be a task. A friend of ours, who is fairly knowledgeable in all things BBQ, suggested Smoke BBQ in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At first appearance it looks tiny and like it is a mediocre BBQ joint, but, as they say, don’t judge a book by it’s cover! This place has some bomb BBQ and even better, amazing southern sides. My favourite meal to get is the smoked chicken wings with baked beans, baked mac n’ cheese and cornbread. I know. Yum.

Let’s start with the wings: they are smoked, and fried. Whaaa? This results in the most perfect, crispy exterior and moist (yes, I hate that word too I just couldn’t think of a better replacement) interior. They actually don’t put a BBQ sauce on the wings and they leave it up to you to choose between their selection of sauces (the Carolina Gold and their Original BBQ sauce are my picks). I actually love that there is no sauce on it though. You can really get a feel for that crispy, salty skin, and then you can go back and forth dipping into the various kinds of BBQ sauce. It’s money! Next, the baked beans are made with root beer. If you really think of the complexity and flavours that are in root beer then you will realize using them to make baked beans is such an ingenious idea that I am so mad I didn’t think of it first. The root beer gives the beans a smoky, spiced flavor that is out of this world. The mac n’ cheese…first of all you can’t really mess up mac n’ cheese and if you do you should be incarcerated. Smoke just takes this simple dish and does it really well. It’s extra cheesy deliciousness. Finally, their cornbread is so moist (that damn word again), and perfectly crumbly. My daughter goes nuts over it! To top it off they serve it with cinnamon butter. My mouth is seriously watering.

If you’re a fan of BBQ, do yourself a favour and go check them out! They are located at: 3351 NE 32nd Street. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308.

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