Smoqued, a new barbecue joint in Orange, takes pride in serving up slow-cooked, hickory-roasted meats with a California twist. The shop opened last month, and the early word on Chowhound is that the food is solid even if the front of the house is still working out a few kinks. Chowhound Pinkwasabi recommends the excellent and substantial 420 Mac appetizer: Perfect for splitting, it’s a bucket loaded with cheese, macaroni, grilled cornbread, chili, bacon, and more. For barbecue, the tender pulled pork, beef brisket, and chicken were all delicious, infused with serious hickory flavor.

Smoqued [Orange County]
128 N. Glassell Street, Orange

Photo from Smoqued / Facebook

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