Restaurants & Bars 2

Smokin BarBQ Clinton twsp MI [DTW]

goatgolfer | Dec 2, 201101:17 PM

Following a review by Freep.com


I gave Smokin a try. Very clean and professional welcome and ambiance but surprisingly little woodsmoke aroma upon arrival. No customers waiting at the counter so I was able to order right away but all the tables were full but only one had food on it. Ordered the chopped brisket sandwich $7 and then Ryan tells me "20 minutes". I asked him to repeat it and he said it again!

Ironically, the freep review says the goal of the resto is to be fast food for bbq.

The other tables eventually got their food and those within hearing distance were making very complimentary noises. When I got my sandwich it was massive and the bun was nicely toasted and not wimpy at all. The meat itself was very tender and properly cooked. The five sauce choices were very similar and the Smoky Fire was just smoldering tinder. When I inquired about something more substantial it was Tabasco. The problem for me is there was very little smoke flavor. How do you argue with properly cooked but not the way you like it. I chalk it up to rare vs. well done meat. They each have their place and to each his own.

Funny enough all the people I heard order at the counter said they were there as a result of the review. When I asked another server if it was always 20 mins for a sandwich she said they had been swamped since lunch and normally there is little wait. So, as VTB has said before BBQ places have a natural dilemma of having enough but not too much so as to lose the quality.

Well good for Smokin BBQ to have such a problem. I will definitely be back "$7 for that monster is good value" and hope that a more piquant sauce finds its way onto the table.

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