Smokey J's Q House is a new barbecue restaurant in the Berkeley/Oakland border region on Shattuck Ave near Ashby. It is a one man operation (like neighboring Emilia's Pizza, could this be a trend?) run by a guy with great skill and passion for what he does. We saw the little sign while driving by and went back to get take out for dinner. The baby back ribs are indeed smokey and slow cooked with a spicy dry rub. Sauce here, mild or spicy is served on the side. The beef brisket is moist and fall apart tender. Yet to be tried by us are house made hot links and chicken sausages, pulled pork and whole rotisserie chickens. A few side dishes are also available but we did not get any. Prices are, at present, really affordable. Time will tell if Smokey J's remains such a great value. Meanwhile we will return to try the other items, encouraged by the best barbecue to hit this stretch of Shattuck in a good long while.