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Oct 7, 2012 12:18 PM

Smoqued in Orange?

Anyone checked it out?

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  1. Are you sure that isn't a new Cheech and Chong movie title?

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    1. re: Servorg

      ; -) husband said 'They can't spell'! It is on Glassell just north of the plaza.

      1. re: OCEllen

        It's looking like you will need to be the "Guinea Hound" Ellen... ;-D> Another place I'm aware of for BBQ in Orange, but have not tried, is If you and your hubby find the time I'm sure other hounds would love to hear reports on both places.

        1. re: Servorg

          Both these places are owned by guys who are long-time BBQ competition cooks. Both of them are friends of mine, so I have to recuse myself from commenting on their food (site rules).

          Just the facts:
          Smoqued is co-owned by Ryan Chester, who also owns The Rub Company, which makes BBQ rubs and seasonings. Smoqued took over the space formerly occupied by Beach Pit BBQ. Same space, totally different menu and style of BBQ.

          Rancho to Go is a small takeout-only storefront for Chris Rocke's Racho Rocke BBQ truck. The storefront is only open on weekend evenings. Other times, you can buy the food from the truck, which roams around OC. A second truck is owned by a franchisee and drives around LA.

          1. re: Professor Salt

            i have to say that Tulsa Rib Co. is not half bad for what I believe to be par-boiled ribs. Not exactly true bbq for you real deal, slow SMOKED bbq fiends. But I do have a soft spot for it.

            It's essentially Tony Roma-esque 'cue in a mom-and-pop shell.

    2. I went about two weeks ago on a weekday, sat at the counter, and had lunch. BBQ Brisket Sandwich was okay, nothing special but not bad either. Service was unprofessional and ditzy. The young girl who waited on me was friendly when I first sat down, but then I was ignored. She spent the remainder of my time there flirting with a hot young guy who'd come in and sat near but not at the bar. I had to wait a frustratingly long time to get further service like my order or a drinks refill. And then it was an even longer wait to get my check...

      1. Seriously some of the best bbq around. It is more of the market style bbq but I was thoroughly impressed with the ribs and brisket. The chicken was also great. Sides were ehh. Definitely taste hickory. I really want to try the burnt ends but they are only available for an appetizer and you cannot get it with a dinner. Really really good bbq.

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        1. re: A5 KOBE

          Thanks for the input! Have you been to Rancho to Go? That looks pretty darned good also. Looking to try one or the other soon. Hoping you can do the advance scouting report! :)

          1. re: Porthos

            Never heard of Rancho to Go. I might have to check that out some day. One other thing to note about Smoqued is that they have a pretty great beer list. Plenty of craft beers on tap. And one more thing, the que they serve has a very apparent smoke ring. And the que passed the burp test. I was burping up smoke for about 8 hours.

            1. re: A5 KOBE

              Never heard of Rancho to Go
              Me neither until Prof Salt mentioned it in the same breath. The online photos look pretty legit!

              1. re: Porthos

                "Me neither until Prof Salt mentioned it in the same breath. The online photos look pretty legit!"

                Prof Salt gets all due credit for filling in the resume for Rancho to Go but I'll have to modestly claim the first mention of R-t-G (at least as far as the thread here)...see my post above.

              2. re: A5 KOBE

                So close yet too far. Stopped by Rancho To Go hoping to get some brisket and ribs. Open 4-8 for pickup.

                Settled for a really good carnitas combo for takeout from La Reina market. Damn good consolation prize at $6.49.

          2. First...they don't reservations which Gabbi's down the street used to do and realized that people were just now they are taking reservations. Smoque....take note. ...especially being in downtown Orange. We were told on a Saturday at 5:00 p.m. it would be a 10 to 20 minute took about 40 minutes instead. I realize that they are new but someone needs to tell the hostess just to make things smooth and easy for customers, that when you say 10 to 20 minutes, mean it. With that said, we were very pleased with Smoqued. The appetizers are very good. We ordered the 420 came in a cute silver bucket and it was layered with cornbread, mac and cheese, chili, bacon, corn, tomatoes, carmelized was excellent! We shared that but believe me....we each could have ordered one each and be pleased with dinner. Very delicious and tasty. The 2nd appetizer was the Chingaderas...again...great jalapeno popper with bacon, shrimp and dates...the bacon was very very good....and it came with a chipotle sauce. We then ordered the pull pork with two sides. Suggestion...the deviled eggs were not my favorite. I am not a fan of relish in my deviled eggs...I suggested to our waitress, Lauren...who by the way was very attentive and great! I suggested to make a deviled egg without the relish, top it with that excellent bacon and call it bacon and eggs...simple. The pulled pork was very tender....I heard its even better as a sandwich. Sides can make or break a place in a barbque place.. the mac and cheese was just okay, the cole slaw was a bit better and fries were very good. All in all..this place will succeed....lots of flavor and it was nice to be at a bbq place that offered different appetizers that were not common.

            1. The brisket was very good, had a nice smoke ring and good amount of flavorful bark on the outside. The pulled pork was tender but kinda bland, seemed like almost no seasoning whatsoever. The mac n cheese was good but I would have preferred it without the spiciness. The beans were pretty standard BBQ beans but not as sweet with a hint of bacon. The cornbread was excellent.

              They have a Smoqued BBQ sauce and a chipotle raspberry BBQ sauce. I liked the heat and overall balance from the chipotle raspberry sauce.

              They fashion themselves after Texas BBQ with a twist of Californication. You can see from the appetizer menu they've added some flair and creativity to traditional BBQ. I would definitely go back and try some other items on the menu. It also doesn't hurt that they rotate ~10 craft beers on tap either.