I've been watching development of a new barbecue joint in Milwaukee's 3rd Ward called The Smoke Shack. The building has been under construction for several months. I couldn't wait for the space to open so I could give their barbecue a try.
Today, I happened to visit during The Smoke Shack's first public lunchtime opening and it was amazing. I chose a brisket sandwich, and enjoyed experimenting with the various sauces at the bar — tangy Texas, smoky Kansas City, zippy North Carolina and the balanced House. All of them were great, but Smoke Shack's House sauce was my favorite.
The interior and exterior design were also superb, as the designers made use of salvaged wood and metal objects to give Smoke Shack an authentic vibe. I was brought right back to those warm spring days at Stubb's BBQ in Austin.
Ribs are only available after 5pm because they're cooked during the day and just aren't ready until dinner time. But man, their beef brisket was tender and juicy, so don't be afraid to try out a sandwich at lunch.
I'm pleased to see The Smoke Shack making a statement in the 3rd Ward, helping my city of Milwaukee to be an even cooler, tastier place to live.
If you're in Milwaukee, check out The Smoke Shack!