Good news for fans of authentic barbecue. Smoke BBQ is now open in Delray Beach.
The restaurant, which quietly opened this week, features authentic Kansas City-style smokehouse barbecue and Carolina pulled pork as well as a large craft-beer selection to wash your meat down with. In addition, Smoke will offer cocktails made with quality purées and house-made simple syrups.
What makes this barbecue authentic in a sea of semi-authenticity? The fact that executive chef and pitmaster Bryal Tyrell is a two-time American Royal Grand Champion Pitmaster (basically the Academy Awards of BBQ).
Smoke BBQ co-owners Stephen Chin and Scott Kennedy brought in the big guns with Tyrell. The chef is formerly of Oklahoma Joe's in Kansas City, Missouri, named "one of the 13 places to eat before you die" by Anthony Bourdain.
Partner Scott Kennedy calls Tyrell "not only the most experienced and successful competitive BBQ Pitmaster living in South Florida but likely the entire state."
For Tyrell, smoking his meat is more of a calling than a profession.
"For me, smoking meat is a passion and an art form."
Tyrell's offerings include a 15-hour oak-smoked beef brisket, spare ribs, chicken, turkey, and pulled pork, smoked daily. On Wednesdays, Smoke will feature Kansas City classic burnt ends.
Smoke BBQ will be open Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays) from 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Daily happy hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.; Friday 5 to 8 p.m.; and Sunday all day. The restaurant will feature live music several nights a week.