REAL Southern BBQ comes to Western Mass!
For years, my friends and I went to "Mr. B's" for ice cream, and perhaps ate there once or twice. For whatever reason, (locality?) we just didnt think to eat there more frequently.
A few months ago, the sign changed to "Smokey Mountain BBQ", and I thought "that's an odd choice for Springfield..." but after having just eaten at BUB'S BBQ in Amherst, I thought I'd give it a try. Turns out its the same owners.
Wow, it was great! I had the sampler: 2 ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, and brisket, with cole slaw, and a side, for $8.99. It was a lot of food, but more importantly, it was delicious.
I spoke with the owner and she said they make everything there. The soups, the sauces, the fried chicken (which was also excellent).
They do not have a website, but there are so few BBQ restaurants in this area, please do try this little place. It's very clean and there is sufficient parking and outdoor tables, too.
Smokey Mountain BBQ
1375 Carew St.
Springfield, MA 01104
(i-91 to 291 west. Take St.James Ave. Exit (exit 4). Go thru the light and make right onto st.james ave.
Go about 1 mile, you'll pass a HESS station on right, and then see a Subway sandwich shop. Smokey Mountain is just after Subway, on the right.)
Enjoy! Tell them you heard about them on ChowHound!
best bbq in the valley is still holy smokes. since the hatfield restaurant burned they haven't had a place where you could sit down and eat ribs. but their take-out place in turners falls recently added more seating, and it is spectacular. was just there an hour ago with a pal who had their montreal smoked meat sandwich. he's still smiling. only open thursday to sunday, and like i said, really a take-out place, but it's still amazing.worth the drive. http://www.holysmokesbbq.com/
With a title like "Real Southern BBQ come to Western Mass" there is really no way for this post not to be about Holy Smokes. I can't speak to Smokey Mountain BBQ specifically, but "same owners as Bub's" is not a ringing endorsement - Bub's is many things, but real BBQ it is not. Holy Smokes actually cooks their meat in a smoker, stop in sometime and taste the difference. I have not had a single thing there that is not excellent - and yeah, I had a Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich today and am still smiling big.
They are a BBQ deli, meaning they sell stuff to go - beans, slaw, smoked wings, beef rib, pulled pork, house smoked bacon, gravalox, etc., priced by the pound - and also make a range of things to eat in - delicious pulled pork sandwiches, mini pizzas, and more. There is seating for small groups - maybe like 3-4 tables. Not a place to stretch out but you can go for lunch and have a sandwich there.
Great people, a sweet place, and definitely the best real smoked BBQ in Western Mass.
Just since we are on the topic of good and "real" BBQ, I have been so meaning to make a trip to BT's Smokehouse - http://btsmokehouse.com/wordpress/ - in Sturbridge MA, close enough to Worcester that I don't think of them as "Western MA'. From what I've heard the sounds like a real gem, anybody been who can speak to that?
392 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566