Our first night while driving along South Walton, the main drag through town, we spied Smokin’ Joe’s Ribhouse, its eye-catching neon sign enticing us to pull over.
Inside we found an immaculately clean, spacious dining room with several flat screen TVs set within a log-cabin feel, decorated in stark white with vibrant crimson accent hues,and peppered with Route 66 signs and train replicas everywhere you looked.
It might take you a while to decide what to have, the menu is so extensive, ranging from barbecue plates to ribs, smoked prime, rib, bbq and combo sandwiches, specialty sandwiches and more. There are also several unique items like bbq burritos, ‘shroom dogs, pulled pork dip and muffalattas, as well as nine different types of “burgers and such.”
True to their name, Smokin’ Joe’s is known for their ribs—big, meaty, succulent and fall-off-the-bone-tender. Served sans sauce, diners then have the option of their three homemade sauces – Country Style, KC Style and “Not So Hot Spicy.”
As far as the sides, the wild beans are delicious—tender pinto beans swimming in a rich, flavorful sauce with mild sausage pieces. The baked beans are tinged with a nice hint of spice and of the sweet onion rings my tween said were “to die for.” Fried okra or squash, green beans, Cajun rice and mashed potatoes with gravy are among the other tagalongs. And then there are the sizeable, fluffy dinner rolls which remind me of the delicious, buttery, homemade versions grandma used to make for holiday dinners!
The portions here (they also have two other locations in town) are sumptuous, the dishes are finger-licking worth and the service is great, which makes for an outstanding overall dining experience.
We’ve got more eatin’ on the horizon! To start at Part 1, click here.