Barrett’s Smoke House – Oshtemo Township
There’s no such thing as too much BBQ. A while ago, I noticed a new place pop up on West Main in Oshtemo Township. The name was familiar, but I had never noticed (nor heard of) a store in that location before.
Barrett’s Smoke House has been in established in Portage on Oakland Drive for some time now. J and I stopped in a couple years back for some delicious BBQ.
The new Barrett’s Smoke House is west of Kalamazoo on West Main right next to D & R Sports Center in Oshtemo Township. The store is part butcher shop, part general store, part BBQ joint.
The first thing you notice when walking in the door is all the delicious meat. I know where I’ll be going this summer once grilling season rolls around.
The back of the store is where the cash register is. There was a woman who greeted me as I walked in and right behind her were giant chalkboards with the BBQ menu on them.
When J and I went to the Portage store, all they did was pulled pork plus a daily special. Now, they have a full blown BBQ menu. Pork. Chicken, Brisket. Ribs.
The pulled pork comes two different ways. They offer the Classic Pulled Pork sandwich and the Southern Style Pulled Pork which comes with slaw on it. Both sandwiches (and all meals) come with choice of sides and a bag of chips. I got one of each of the sandwiches. J’s like hers with slaw. I do not. For the sides, I got myself the Loaded Redskin Potato Salad and for J, I got the Country Baked Beans w/Sausage.
As the lady was getting my sandwiches together, I grabbed a Pepsi out of the cooler then noticed they also had home made Mac & Cheese. I added on a bowl of that after my sandwiches were boxed up for L.
The cost was a little over $21 and I was in and out in less than ten minutes.
First thing we did when I got home with the Styrofoam containers full of deliciousness was to get L set up with the Mac & Cheese. The creamy noddles had little bits of bacon mixed in with it. It was very cheesy and very yummy. L ate quite a bit on her own, but was nice enough to save about a 1/4 of it for me.
The sandwiches come with tender, smoked pulled pork piled on to Sesame seed buns. My sandwich came with the BBQ sauce on the side while J’s already had the sauce on it. Her’s also had the creamy cole slaw that makes it “Southern Style”
The last time we ate at Barrett’s I wasn’t wild about the sauce. At that time, I was sure there were small chunks of onions it, but now I’m not so sure. There is definitely something (could be horseradish…could just be dehydrated garlic or onion) that’s still kind of a turn off to me. The sauce itself is sweet and really tasty. The small chunks just add a little bit of texture that I’m not wild about.
The meat, however, is pretty amazing. I can eat a good pulled pork sandwich without sauce and this is one of those sandwiches. The smoke is so smokey and so tender that sauce is just a slight improvement on an already delicious sandwich.
Since I sort of stole L’s Mac & Cheese, J ended up eating both sides. The Loaded Redskin Potato salad was very creamy with large chunks of redskin potatoes among other things. Since I didn’t really eat them, I didn’t pay attention to what else was in it.
I think J would have liked the County Baked Beans with Sausage better without the sausage. She just picked around the big chunks of sausage to enjoy the beans. She said both sides were really good and loved her sandwich as well.
I love that Barrett’s opened a store on this side of town. We never went back to the Portage shop mostly because of the location. It’s not very often we’re on that side of town and it sort of just fell off the radar until this shop in Oshtemo opened up. Now we have a place nearby for really great BBQ whenever we want it.