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Caribbean BBQ in Stillwater, MN

Just yesterday a new spot opened in Stillwater that needs to be on your list should your travels take you east. It's called Smalley's Barbeque and PIRATE BAR! I am all over the bar as they have the largest RUM selection I have seen besides my own. Available by the pour, or 'walk the plank' and select three. Topping the list at $50 is the 25-year old English Harbour from Antigua. I recommend Zaya, neat with a side of rocks. Mount Gay Extra Old and Ron Maltusalem Gran Reserva are also winners and the price points on these are perfect for exploration. Arrrrrrgh!

Food...I was told that the jerk is a recipe direct from the jerk-masters in Jamaica. I did the half chicken, It was very solid, allbeit a bit sweeter than I like. They also roast and smoke using imported pimenton wood. Kewl! Sides included a spicy slaw and perhaps the most satisfying mac and cheese I have ever had.

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  1. Thanks for the heads up dellwood. I've been waiting for this. Coincidentally I'm doing some hard labor on my land over in Wisconsin this weekend so it might be a handy stop. I'll be sure to add to the report if I make it.

    1. Just to clarify this is in MN.

      This sounds like a tourist trap and one I'd gladly fall into. Arrggghhh indeed.

      http://www.stillwatergazette.com/arti...

      Mary FKA shepirate

      1. It should be noted that Smalley's is the latest Restraunt from the folks behind La Belle Vie and Solara. It should be very, very good: http://www.startribune.com/entertainm...

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        1. re: Danny

          I stopped in to check it out on Monday and had the Blackbeard (blackberry mojito) and it was delicious! I'm not much of a sweet drink drinker but it was pretty darn tasty. I had the chips with queso and salsa and was equally impressed but Chowhounds beware, the stuff is HOT! The mac n' cheese was really good, they offer tiny sides of a number of things for about $4. Overall, I'd say so far so good, but they will definitely have to expand their menu offerings to survive the winter months in Stillwater. May I suggest adding a few entrees that do not involve bbq or jerk sauce? It's great, don't get me wrong, I just feel like they're not catering to a wide enough audience right now.

          1. re: Stillwater Girl

            "May I suggest adding a few entrees that do not involve bbq or jerk sauce? It's great, don't get me wrong, I just feel like they're not catering to a wide enough audience right now."

            I completely and enthusiastically disagree. No disrespect, but reading about their FOCUS (see the Star Trib article above about pimento wood/backyard/etc.) made me 100 times more excited about the place. I am sick of the seemingly mandated requirement that restaurants of every stripe have to have walleye or salmon or some dumbed down entry-level food to try and "cater to a wide audience".

            A BBQ place should sell BBQ and do a darned (stonger word omitted) good job of it.

            Catering to a wide audience results in the Cheesecake Factory and Americanized Asian places. I completely applaud a place like this or Punch or Big Daddy's BBQ or the Nook or Kopplin's that has a clear identity, puts their best and most focused product on the table and blows you away with it.

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