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smoQ – New BBQ Joint – Cincinnati, Ohio

If you’re in the Cincinnati area, it looks like you have a new BBQ Joint in your midst. Thanks to P. Campbell at for the heads up and the review of smoQ.

Here’s some info straight from the article, “The new money went into Old Hickory Pit smokers that can handle 300 slabs of ribs. Pete Zimmer, who ran the former Burbank’s Real Bar-B-Q, is the owner, and Brett Miles, most recently of deSha’s, is the chef…we had much discussion over whether to get the baby back ribs or St. Louis style ribs, until we noticed the sampler with half a rack of each ($21.99). Without question, our table preferred the St. Louis-style. They put up a little fight but gave up easily to flavorful, pinkly smoked meat mingled with a dry rub. You can add your own sauce. The meatier baby backs are good, too, glazed with sauce; but with a blander texture.”

You can read the entire piece here, but the general consensus appears to be that they still have a little fine tuning to do, but that overall they are doing it low and slow with a twist (having an Ole Hickory Pit puts them in great BBQ joint company and shows they are very serious about their cue). I do like the fact that they’ve gone with a little more experimentation when it comes to BBQ (deep frying ribs is pretty out there). Let me know what you think of their menu here and please shoot me an email if you’ve been here and have a review.

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  1. I’ve been to Smoq 3 times since it opened and will be back for more, this place is awesome. Atmosphere is a bit upscale compared to most rib joints but casual. Location is a bit off the beaten path but worth finding. The wait staff was informative and very friendly and attentive.

    On to the food! I first tried the pulled pork sandwich, meaty, moist, flavorful. It comes dry with 3 types of sauce on the table, just the way I like it! The 1st time I got chips with it, the 2nd time I didnt, not sure why, no big deal though.
    The sides are a bit pricey at $3,29 each (if you read this Smoq, try 2 for $5!). The Cheddar Grits though are worth twice the price, they were outstanding with bits of pork and delicous!
    My wife got the blackened catfish and was extremely pleased with it, moist, flaky with just the right amount of zing. My little 10 year old fell in love with the chocolate chip volcano dessert, Smoq is his new favorite place to go!
    Everything tried was great, even the drinks were wonderful. My wife got one that had smoked peaches in it!
    I hope this place sticks around for a long time. I went there first on a sunday and it was slow, went the following thursday for lunch and they were busier, then went back that Saturday and it was pretty crowded. Its nice to see a nice, non-chain type of place open up that is run by locals.
    Good luck to them, check them out if you have a chance!

    Comment by Mark — January 22, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

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