Smoke BBQ

8 E. Atlantic Ave.
Delray Beach, FL 33444
561-330-4236
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Smoke BBQ cofounders and owners Scott Kennedy and Steve Chin wasted no time transforming their popular sushi restaurant and late-night destination into a sleek new barbecue joint off Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach. What did they know about the stuff? Enough to nab pit master Bryan Tyrell, a Kansas City, Missouri, native with a barbecue résumé that's something of a legend, known for his ties to Kansas City's Oklahoma Joe's as well as Bodean's BBQ in London, England. They say you can separate a good barbecue restaurant from the bad by its ribs, and if that's the case, Tyrell has his bases covered. Today, Smoke serves some of the tastiest 'cue around: pork spare ribs and beef ribs smoked over low heat for hours, permeating the meat with a soft smoky essence and melting away fat for a rich flavor and unforgettable char crust. You probably won't need them, but the restaurant offers several sauces to dip into, including a thick Kansas City-style red; tangy, vinegar-based Carolina BBQ; and a mild golden mustard sauce. Just as good are his KC Burnt Ends, the flavorful pieces of meat cut from the point half of a smoked brisket — a traditional part of Kansas City barbecue considered a delicacy in barbecue cuisine. A second location has since opened in Fort Lauderdale, offering an expanded menu with everything from whole barbecue chicken and brisket to the shop's own take on smoked pastrami.

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