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Smoke'n Dudes BBQ, Neshaminy, Phila PA Review

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lomlfoml Nov 2, 2008 05:43 PM

Smoke'n Dudes Barbeque Restaurant (a log cabin!) is located at 3400 Neshaminy Rd, Bensalem, PA 215 752 5500. Neshaminy is an exit off route 1, while it's still a highway, well before it becomes Roosevelt Blvd (if you're headed south). Once you exit, you're on one side of the main mall, and you make a left at the corner where the Macy's is located, onto Neshaminy Blvd. The place is further along Neshaminy Blvd, past the mall by a couple lights and stop signs. Where Neshaminy Blvd curves sharply to the right, you pull in to a small strip mall, and the restaurant is in a separate building past the curve. http://www.smokendudesbbq.com/index2.... but it doesn't say anything specific about the place.

First, it was the best smelling bbq restaurant I've ever entered. Big kitchen open to the seating area; though they seem to do a huge takeout business, there are 5 cute log tables & chairs. All varnished pine decor (maybe not pine), clean bathrooms, and wait staff & cooks who definitely wash their hands.

They smoke using hickory wood, and they have ribs, chicken, brisket, pork and other assorted stuff like wings. They have a big Southern Pride smoker and a couple small ones by a company I hadn't heard of and have now forgot. They actually sell, rent, & service all this stuff.

We ordered the main combo (20.49 or 99) , which does not include chicken, and the rib&chicken combo (15.99?) , so we could have some of everything. Half a chicken was 9.99. These all include 2 sides, and sometimes hush puppies. Everything was fresh.

The brisket was pulled, and cooked in an apple bbq sauce which gave it almost a caramelized taste. Really good. Pulled pork was fine; their other sauce is hickory.

The chicken was a giant GIANT breast with small wing attached. The wing was highly smoky; the breast too big to have much beyond the outside. (Seriously, were it not super tender, I would have thought it was a cooking fowl).

The ribs were super pink, super smoked, with no rub, and no maintenance done to the bottom side. That is, the bottom had membrane, so crispy that it pulled right off revealing all this weird fat, but the TOP side was super. There was a lot of meat above the bone line, and they finish it slightly on the grill, with just a hint of sauce. We mentioned to the waitress that we would much prefer the bottom be cooked (or look cooked) more thoroughly, and she said not a problem.

The sides were interesting - corn bread, in muffin form, so mealy that it crunched, and great taste. The baked beans were fine, except, oddly, for a bite taken just after eating a bit of corn bread. (I tested this and was able to repeat the results.) My husband loved the cole slaw, practically mayo-free, with other slivers of stuff in there, though he was so-so on the baked beans. And the hush puppies were tasty, and remained crisp throughout the meal. Though I've lived in the south, enjoying hush puppies is new to me.

They're a Pepsi shop, for all you Coke fans. Definitely worth a trip.

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