?Smoky Jon's bbq In Madison, WI?

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2007/12/25 17:15:14 (permalink)

?Smoky Jon's bbq In Madison, WI?

Ok, I am told by locals that this place is excellent, and it would seem Smoky Jon's has the awards to back it up.

However, the "sides" are almost bizarre, compared to your typical, southern bbq joint. Applesauce" />

http://www.smokyjons.com/Resturant%20Menu.htm

Not gonna tell you folks how to do it up your way, because we sure don't appreciate being told squat in Dixie. However, it just doesn't seem like bbq to me, without Brunswick stew, and sides of fried okra and some kind of greens.

Still, I can't wait to give a sandwich and the sauces a go.

Anyone tasted Jon's Q
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    MilwFoodlovers
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    RE: ?Smoky Jon's bbq In Madison, WI? 2007/12/25 20:13:54 (permalink)
    I've never seen Brunswick Stew in any BBQ place out of the SE part of America.
    Okra and greens in Wisconsin are only found in Soul food type places (that I know of).

    I was prepared to dislike Smoky Jon's (not to be mistaken with Madison's much more famous steakhouse, Smoky's), but everything I sampled was top notch. It's a bit off the beaten track as far as restaurants go; fairly close to Oscar Mayer's which seems just so right. I confess to not ever seeing applesauce at a BBQ joint before. I look forward to returning.
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    RE: ?Smoky Jon's bbq In Madison, WI? 2007/12/26 02:12:09 (permalink)
    I will give it a shot!!!

    In Grits we trust...................
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    RE: ?Smoky Jon's bbq In Madison, WI? 2007/12/27 14:26:49 (permalink)
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    It's a bit off the beaten track as far as restaurants go; fairly close to Oscar Mayer's which seems just so right.

    Take 1 pig, give the meat to Jon, and everything else to Oscar...

    I haven't had Smoky Jon's for several years but in the past it's always been good. I remember his sauces as being slightly chunky, though, so if you like your sauces totally smooth be prepared.

    Ulver, you might want to also consider Fat Jack's in Monona. I ate there this past Sunday night and had a bowl of ham bone soup (basically a bean & ham with a smoky flavor), which I really liked. Come to think of it, I had some leftover Fat Jack's spareribs for breakfast today...
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    RE: ?Smoky Jon's bbq In Madison, WI? 2015/04/03 12:47:14 (permalink)
    Smoky Jon's just happens to be conveniently located near the Madison College campus so I stopped by for an after-class visit a couple of days ago, the first time I'd been there since RFer Louis was in town a few months back.

     
    As soon as you walk in the door you get an idea of how popular the restaurant's been over the years.  It even catered a couple of my employer's company picnics back in the '90s.

     
    I'm pretty sure these are more barbecue awards, not recognition of an outstanding restroom.

     
    The dining area's not very big, maybe a dozen or so tables.  In fact, whenever I've been there it's seemed like there were more people carrying out than dining in.

     
    Shredded brisket.  It was good but since sliced brisket is available as a plate meal I should've asked if I could've had sliced on my sandwich.

     
    1/3 slab of ribs with beans and garlic mashed potatoes, and a cup of extra sauce.  The beans were more saucy than smoky but still had great flavor, and while mashed potatoes aren't a traditional barbecue side the ones that Smoky Jon's serves are really good.

     
    This was from the small end of the ribs.  The rack had a nice smoke ring and the right amount of pull was needed to get the meat from the bone - very well cooked!  Smoky Jon's sauce is tomato-based and not overly sweet, with a nice amount of heat and small pieces of onion mixed in.  And the ribs are just fine sauceless, too.

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