What do smoked meats and bacon creme brulee have in common? Me! I ate both the other day at Smoke & Barrel (“S&B”), the newest venture from the folks that have brought us Asylum and Meridian Pint. I’m always happy to see another BBQ joint open in DC and, even happier, when it opens in Adams Morgan where often times I feel that quantity reigns over quality. S&B’s BBQ, beer, and bourbon selection impressed me. It also doesn’t hurt that this place is minutes away from my home.
Tender, tasty, and flavorful describe the (pork) ribs, pulled pork, and chicken slathered with BBQ sauce. Ribs are served wet (all sauce), dry (all rub), or muddy (sauced up, then tossed in dry rub or S&B’s own spicy chipotle honey butter).
The twice baked sweet potatoes came drizzled with the aforementioned chipotle honey butter and topped with pecans. They were good, but could have used more seasoning. The fried okra was also good; however, it too could have used a little more salt.
For vegans or vegetarians, S&B offers tofu options that can be paired with vegan/vegetarian (“V/V”) sides. I’m curious to know what V/Vs think of these options in terms of flavor. I want to hear from you!
If you’re like me, you’re asking yourself what you will use to wash down all this good food with? Beer and bourbon, of course. S&B has a solid selection of each and also offers boilermakers (a shot of bourbon dunked in a pint of beer). Nice touch.
And now, drumroll please . . .DESSERT. The bacon creme brulee (a/k/a “my bacon dream cream”) was pretty damn good. Be prepared for bits of bacon in your custard that give it significant texture. If you can get over this, you’ll be just fine.
My friend got the roasted banana pudding. I thought it was okay, but my friend really liked it. The third option was the chocolate bread pudding, but we couldn’t handle any more food at that point. I’ll try it next time. Rest assured, there will be a next time(s).