Sunday, 3 April 2011



 If I had to describe what type of place I just love finding, this is it, wrapped in a redneck, hillbilly package.

Tucked in the light industrial area off Blackfoot Trail on Manhattan Rd SE, Holy Smoke BBQ and Smoke Pit  brings back that warm sense of nostalgia, comfort and un-pretentiousness that almost everywhere you eat these days doesn’t seem to have.

If you didn’t know what you were looking for you would drive right by this gem of a hole-in-the-wall.  Parking is behind the building and it’s not a place you would expect a restaurant to be.  You walk around the corner and enter through a corrugated metal door.  “Where are you taking me!?” my brother-in-law asked.

As soon as you enter the smoke scent hits you.  It’s not overwhelming but gives you that campfire warm feel.  It really should be made into an air freshener scent.

The decor has a definite trailer trash flair.  Piggy Christmas lights strung across the room, Dukes of Hazard playing on an old tube TV in the corner and all the classic country stars like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard pumping through the place. There is a “theme” but it doesn’t feel like a theme type place.  It’s almost natural feeling.  Maybe it’s the redneck in me feeling at home.

It’s not a traditional sit down restaurant as one would expect.  You order from the counter and everything comes on a tray.  No plates at this place.  I have a feeling they do a lot of take-out for the local businesses and workers.  If you want to dine in, the room is fairly small with 4 large banquet type table that hold 6-8 people. Don’t be shy, cuddle up to your neighbor and dig in.  There is also counter seating around the walls where you can sit and brush up on your trivia knowledge reading the Trivial Pursuit cards they have on the tables.

I’ve never been to the “South” but watching various food travel shows, this place looks like it would be right out of some small town in the Southern US.  The menu is pretty simple, everything is a la Carte.  We ordered almost everything.  Pork Ribs (ordered individually, buck-a-piece), Pork and Beef Brisket Sandwiches, Chili ConCarne, Cornbread, Baked Beans and a few other sides.

Everything was really tasty.  The rub on the ribs was really good and spicy.  They had over 20 sauces to choose from as well!  The few I tried were all good but I settled in on the horseradish BBQ sauce they had.
The meat on the pulled pork, beef brisket and chili was so tender and juicy.  For sides we had the homemade cornbread (I went back and got another order), baked beans and potato salad. The beans were very dark, smokey and had heavy molasses flavor.  They were absolutely delish!

Bringing me back to my youth, I washed it all down with “The PoP Shoppe” rootbeer.

Great food with awesome, friendly staff.  I wish everyday could be like this (minus the snow storm!).

Holy Smoke BBQ & Smokepit 403.605.9365

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