Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Smoke Shack BBQ (Scottsville, KY)

Bike:  KTM Super Duke R
Route:  Google Maps

68 degrees in December? No rain? Gotta ride!

Over the past few weeks I've had some people mention The Smoke Shack in Scottsville. Like Dunn's in Franklin, I haven't been able to find much information online. But I did find out they're open Wed-Sat, and today is Wednesday, and it's close enough to fit into a weekday lunch break. So I'm off for some BBQ...

All the leaves are down [All the leaves are brown]...
And the sky is grey [And the sky is grey]...
There were plenty of bikers out enjoying our best December day.
Hey, that looks like a perfectly good helmet!
I have to admit, I like the red and that sure does look comfortable...
Speaking of red, I've never ever seen this light turn green.
Scottsville, KY.
Here we are...
KTM Super Duke R. I love her.

The view from Table #1. If you visit during the lunch hour, expect to wait in line.
Table #2.
Dipped Pork Shoulder.
Sprinkled Ribs (minus the big one I already ate) & Vinegar Slaw.

VERDICT:  I smelled the BBQ when I was half a mile away. Love it. 

They have two tables and a total of five chairs, so this is a place where you come to pick up your food -- it's not a place where you bring the family for a sit-down meal! There's nothing wrong with that, and if you don't call ahead you can expect to wait in line when you get here. While I occupied one of those tables for lunch there was a constant stream of carry-out customers and I was never alone in there.

When people talk about The Smoke Shack, they talk about the sauce. It's a spicy vinegar deal... real spicy. When you order any of the smoked meats, you can get them dipped in the sauce or just sprinkled with the sauce. There is a considerable difference!

The Dipped Shoulder was excellent. The only place I've had anything similar is the famous Smokey Pig in BG. It doesn't seem so spicy at first, but it'll get ya. The Vinegar Slaw is surprisingly sweet and very welcome while you're trying to cool off. The Ribs are big Spare Ribs like they sell at Split Tree or Old Hickory, but unlike those places a sweet Tomato-based BBQ sauce is applied after they are smoked. And you can still get them dipped or sprinkled, of course. While I prefer Baby Backs with a wet sauce like the ones at Wildfire, I gotta say these Sprinkled Ribs were really good -- mostly because I loved the way they were cooked, leaving a slightly crunchy bark at the tips and a nice smoke ring all around.

Now that I know how close this place is, I'll be back soon...

Earl G Dumplin's -- home of the Baby Bakers.

I wasn't exactly lost, but I definitely went a few miles in the wrong direction after lunch.



Straight [Amish?] Gangsta ****.

Headin' home... running just a little late.


UPDATE (12/16/11):  OK, so I'm back even sooner than I expected. I told a friend who was cruising through Scottsville today that he should stop by The Smoke Shack and try the Dipped Shoulder. He later sent me a picture of the sandwich and told me it was the best advice I ever gave him. Considering that I've known him for over twenty years, I'm not sure how to take that. Of course, this meant I had to go back for some more of my own...

I think these pictures speak for themselves. But I have to point out that the Pork Chop Plate contained three Pork Chops and two Sides for $6. It's definitely a meal for two, and it's such a great value that I wonder if they accidentally threw in an extra Pork Chop?!

48 hours later and proper December weather is back -- rain, sleet, and snow flurries.
Dipped Pork Chops, Potato Salad, & Vinegar Slaw (to go).
Sprinkled Chicken Breast, Mayo Slaw, & Baked Beans (to go).
Smoke Shack Sauce (one pint).
I'm gonna dip everything I eat for the next week...


  1. I’ve never tried authentic Hawaiian cuisine, Food Truck Catering

  2. Go to South Fork Grill, Riblicker's, Big Man's, or Big Moose's in Glasgow. Any one of them will make you never wanna see Smokey Pig ever again.