Neighborhood: Fort Greene
Venue: BBQ Spot
Atmosphere: Country, Casual
Crowd/Scene: BBQ Lovers
Foursquare Check-in: http://4sq.com/1lGbogD
Rating: 2 Stars
The Smoke Joint! I had been waiting for quite a while to hit this BBQ spot up, and I finally got my chance after walking out of the Brooklyn Academy of Music hungry as hell!
I’m a bit of a fraud here though, because I didn’t actually eat at The Smoke Joint. Instead, I got my food to go from the well-attended counter that looks very accustomed to serving up carry-out orders.
So what did I go with? Three things in particular…
First, I had the Pulled Pork Sandwich. It was definitely the best item out of the three I ordered. The pork was very smoky, extremely flavorful, and the light barbecue applied to it had a not-too-tangy and sweet flavor that was just right. This sandwich definitely made my night.
Second, I had the Hot Links, which were made of spicy pork sausage that is smoked then grilled. These were not good at all. Perhaps, being from Texas, I’m a bit of a smoked sausage snob, as one of my favorite places to go in the world for barbecue is Elgin’s Southside Market, where they have the best sausage links in the world. The sausages from The Smoke Joint’s did not come even close to Elgin’s luster, and to be honest, they were probably in the bottom half of sausages I’ve ever had. It seemed as if they hadn’t been smoked long enough, and when they put them on the grill, they definitely overcooked them. They were practically burnt–and not in the cajun way, just in the way things get burned when you f’ up.
Last, and probably least, was the macaroni and cheese. It wasn’t good at all. I couldn’t even finish it. Personally, I think you need to make 1 of 2 decisions when it comes to making mac & cheese and operating a barbecue joint. You either have to make really good mac & cheese, or you just don’t serve it at all. People spend days, weeks and months bracing their waistlines to come to a barbecue joint and pig-out, and almost everyone of those people wants mac & cheese to satiate their BBQ gluttony. And if you mess that up for them, there’s no way they’re coming back. And I’m not coming back. While the pulled pork sandwich was worthy of some praise, the rest of my meal was very disappointing, and I’ll have to catch The Smoke Joint on the flip-side.