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Tuesday
Jan242012

The Smoke Shack Experience

The Smoke Shack - Exterior GOOD BARBECUE is hard to come by in Wisconsin, especially after being spoiled by the amazing stuff I have every year in Austin, Texas at SXSW Interactive.

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 experimentingThe Smoke Shack - Brisket Sammy & Sweet Potato Fries 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.

The Smoke Shack - Behind the BarThe Smoke Shack - From the BarThe Smoke Shack - Sauce Yourself

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!

Reader Comments (2)

Wait until you try the newest gig in Austin. Franklin BBQ. In one short year it has thrown the ENTIRE state BBQ bragging rights and established pecking order into chaos. It's like a religious experience. I can't even describe it. http://franklinbarbecue.com/news <- reviews are in.

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Soupiset

Man, thanks for the heads up, I think my pal Brian and I will have to visit Franklin BBQ on Thursday before Austin goes nutty.

January 31, 2012 | Registered CommenterMike Rohde

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