Worlds Best BBQ Joints; Smokey Bones Barbeque and Grill

Smokey Bones Barbeque and Grill Logo

If you are on the east coast of the United States, you might want to check out Smokey Bones Barbeque and Grill. Smokey Bones’ menu features genuine barbecue and other great American favorites:

  • Hand-rubbed, hickory smoked, fall off the bone barbecue
  • Great burgers and steaks
  • Fire-grilled chicken
  • Fresh salads

The atmosphere at Smokey Bones is a rustic mountain lodge dining environment. The buildings are usually feature tall timbers, stacked stone, fireplaces and images you would see in the mountains. The atmosphere is enhanced with television screens showing guests’ favorite television programs — usually sports. You can also adjust the volume and I believe you can change channels on certain TVs from your table.

Smokey Bones Interior

Smokey Bones Barbeque & Grill opened its first restaurant in Orlando, Fla., in 1999 and has since grown to over 70 locations across the eastern United States.

My Experience
I have eaten at a Smokey Bones in Fort Myers, Florida numerous times and every time I go, I am never disappointed. Not only does Smokey Bones fire up some great BBQ, they also have impeccable service! There are a couple of different types of sauces on the table for your choosing. There’s a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce and there’s a mustard based sort of spicy BBQ sauce. I like to alternate between flavors because I can’t decide which sauce I like better — they’re both great!

Smokey Bones Exterior

Here’s a closer look at Smokey Bones’ menu:

Appetizers include everything from skillet cornbread, spinach artichoke dip to their new Blazin’ Shrimp, onion rings, wings and chicken fingers as well as other items.

Barbecue Items
Smokey’s barbecue items entail slow smoked pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked turkey breast, their new Smokehouse chicken (grilled chicken breast dusted with spices and bourbon barbeque sauce then smothered in melted cheddar, peppered bacon and golden onion straws), award winning St. Louis style and baby back ribs. You can also create your own combination using pork, brisket, chicken, turkey and ribs.

Smokey Bones BBQ

Non-Barbecue Items
Non-barbecue items include honey glazed salmon, shrimp, a couple of chicken plates which sound very good, steaks, sandwiches (some do have bbq in them) and a healthy amount of salads to choose from for entrees.

Smokey Bones also offers a good amount of sides such as baked potato, cole slaw, baked beans, french fries, mashed potatoes and gravy, broccoli, cinnamon apples, their new fire roasted corn (in which I have not tried yet) and onion rings.

There’s a full liquor bar along with ice cold beer, soft drinks and a modest wine list. Signature drinks include their new Frozen Cosmo, Frozen CosmoRita, Mountain Margarita, Ultimate Margarita and Spiked Strawberry Lemonade.

Kid Friendly
Smokey Bones is a family establishment, kid friendly and offers a decent kids menu. Being a father of two it’s always nice to see a BBQ joint that caters to kids too!

Ask anyone who has dined at a Smokey Bones what they had for dessert and 9 out of 10 people would probably say their fresh, hot donuts. They usually give you one or two to try (they’re small) if you don’t feel like ordering a whole order. Along with the donuts, you can finish your BBQ meal off with chocolate peanut butter pie, seven layer chocolate cake, caramel cheescake with apples, vanilla ice cream or a root beer float.

Smokey Bones Non-BBQ Items

All-in-all Smokey Bones is a well-rounded BBQ joint and I challenge anyone to tell me they think this chain don’t know barbecue. They not only know barbecue, they do barbecue that’ll rival the Mom-and-Pop establishments and they do it with style!

About A.J.

Owner and creator of Worked in the BBQ industry since 1987. No longer in the restaurant business, however I am enjoying experimenting at home smoking, grilling, barbecuing and writing about my experiences here on!
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