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May 11, 2010 08:28 PM

YYC Holy Smoke Bbq

Holy Smoke Barbecue and Smokepit

(403) 605-9365
4640 Manhattan Rd SE
Calgary, AB T2G

Drove by it the other day, just wondering if anyone has had a chance to try it as I am not often in that area............... and, well I had just finished a Rocky burger and didn't want to be a bad role model to the children

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  1. I believe this is a caterer. It seems like the meal descriptions are for 50-100 people. I am pretty sure these guys provided the concession food at BBQ on the Bow last year. I was not impressed with my pre-cooked pulled pork. I don't remember for sure.. but I think it was Holy Smoke.

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    1. re: TSAW

      Their food is awesome. The link above is for their BBQ truck, which they use to cater for private events. This link has their restaurant menu and pricing. Their brisket is out of this world.

      1. re: profeater

        10am-4pm Monday to Friday? bummer.

    2. This place is for real . Had the beef brisket. Very good. They also have a variety of BBQ sauces - South Carolina (mustard! YES!), Missouri (vinegar based), hot and house. All very good.

      Next week will try the pulled pork and the ribs (they ran out today).

      1. Stopped in today, we sampled the ribs, beef brisket and pulled pork. This is the real deal, fantastic bbq. All of the sauces are made in house. I sampled the South Carolina, Mama and Hot Mama...all delicious.

        The only thing that sucks are the hours 10am to 4 pm Mon-Fri, also location is a little weird.

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        1. re: Major_9000

          From the looks of their website it seems they're mainly a caterer - maybe that's why the odd hours/location?

          1. re: Major_9000

            Went recently as well, agree with you. Two comments though: Firstly the pulled pork and brisket are on the lean side, which I have found is typically not the norm, though my arteries prefer it. Secondly, do squirt sauce on them otherwise they might be a bit drier than the norm.

            The ribs are fantastic, tasty with some heat. Clearly a very good deal. The potato salad is very good as well.

            1. re: Scary Bill

              I went yesterday out of curiousity. I just got back from Austin not too long ago so was ready to compare :o) I found the brisket pretty dry tbh; I wonder if they're using what is called "lean brisket" as opposed to "fatty brisket" (bbq terminology in Texas). The ribs were excellent. Get there early as they do get really busy.

              1. re: sweeterpea

                The first time I got the brisket, it was very, very moist. Today not so much. I'm not really upset though as I don't need all that fat.

                1. re: sweeterpea

                  I just made my first venture to Holy Smokes last week and would have to agree about the dry brisket. I found myself dipping it in one of their many sauces for almost each bite. Anyone have a favorite sauce yet? I just took a hot in addition to the one you get with the brisket. Both those tasted good.
                  The ribs were fall off the bone and tender. Even though they supply a sauce I didn't use it but will try it next time. The potato salad was very good, it was more of a Euro style with less mayo which I liked.
                  Overall I was hoping for better brisket but will go back. Everyone working there was very friendly. Place was very clean. It's nice to have an addition like this in south Calgary for lunch.

                  1. re: hclass

                    We went and enjoyed it. Brisket dry, dip in sauce. Bought more ribs. They were excellent and will bring me back. I wish they had not ran out of "hot links". Wanted to try them.

                    It's Calgary commercial barbeque.

                    1. re: The Gut

                      I have been a few times now and am quite happy with the quality of their food. Ribs are excellent and very close to what comes out of my weber smoker, pulled pork is also excellent.

            2. When Oxford did the official "unveiling" of their rennovation plans for the Bow Valley Square complex, these guys catered the event in the lobby with breakfast burritos. One of the options was a beef brisket burrito, and dear GOD it was amazing. I went back about 5 times...I think I ended up eating damn near 10 of those bad boys (they were fairly small).

              1. I discovered it last month and I've been back 5 times more. The food is so tasty, love the sides as well with baked beans being my favourite so far. Great starr as well. I love the decor and the dinnerware. They serve everything on a cafeteria tray covered with butcher's paper and it's just perfect.

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                1. re: DianneYYC

                  Well I finally got to taste Holy Smoke today and I am impressed. After visiting rockies burger bus on my way back downtown I noticed Holy Smoke, as I was stuffed I did not stop. Next time driving down Manhattan road I pulled over. Unfortunately it was closed but I peaked in the windows at the back. What I didnt see dismayed me, no smoker! thinking the might just be a place that bakes their meat I was worried. Well today when I pulled over there was as before a big black trailer with smoke pouring out a smokestack and it smelt great. A quick look in the open door showed a smoker.

                  I had the beef brisket, ribs and potato salad. All were great I found the small sandwich to be a good size and along with my sides I was stuffed. I unlike most Q purists like sauce and Holy Smoke caters to that love. They have numerous sauces and are happy to recommend which compliments which dish. I too appreciate the decor and butcher paper service. Ribs had a great flavour and showed the indicative pink smoke ring, also like the Buck a Bone price point. Looking forward to returning, now if only they could be open a little later and maybe on weekends too.

                  Go try it!

                  1. re: 300rwhp

                    I asked about extended hours during a visit there a couple of weeks ago. Look for them to be open evenings and weekends in early fall (if i remember correctly).

                  2. re: DianneYYC

                    "They serve everything on a cafeteria tray covered with butcher's paper and it's just perfect."
                    FYI: That is how BBQ is served ....white bread, sliced cheese with pickles on the side, sliced brisket or choice of meat served on butcher paper over a tray... sides in individual bowls as you move down the "cafeteria style" line.
                    Welcome to the Q!

                    1. re: cdn

                      I know it's tradition to serve Q with white bread, but I really feel strongly that this would be a good time to break with tradition. IMHO, a nice rustic whole wheat bun would really elevate this dish. Something with a bit of substance that wouldn't get completely obliterated by the meat juices. I know it wouldn't be traditional, but I'd be all over that.

                      Regardless, that won't be stopping me from returning to Holy Smoke. Last time I was there, they were pretty much out of everything (it was stampede and corporate parties had cleaned them out). Still wanting to try the ribs and some of the sides... Hmm, maybe today...