Smokin’ Hot Smokehouse
- 13849 S. Cicero Avenue
- Crestwood, IL 60445
- (708) 388-7665
- No Known Website
- No Online Menu
The big plans for the day was the Bears/Lions game. Before that, J and I needed to get some lunch. I woke up pretty late and J and her mom had already given L something to eat. They were actually just getting started on the project for the day. Carving a pumpkin.
J asked what I wanted to do for lunch. She wanted me to go pick something up, but neither of us really had a taste for anything.
We have passed a BBQ place on Cicero several times in the last year or so and I asked if that would be ok. She said she didn’t care, so I headed out to pick up lunch for everyone.
Smokin’ Hot Smokehouse is on South Cicero right across the street from the Crestwood Village Hall. I pulled in to the parking lot a little after noon and was a little surprised to find it empty. I drove around to the front to see if they were open. I saw a flashing “Open” sign in the front window, so I parked an headed in.
The inside of the place is actually really nice. It’s not the typical roadhouse style BBQ place, but it’s more of a nice pub with a large bar and a couple levels of dining space.
It’s more of a sit down restaurant than a take out place, so I grabbed a menu off one of the tables then headed to the bar. The bartender came out of the kitchen and I asked if it was ok if I put in a carry-out order. He said it was cool, so I found the sandwiches I was looking for.
J and I both like pulled pork so I got us both pulled pork sandwiches. I got hers Carolina style which comes with coleslaw and picked baked beans as her side. For my side I picked french fries. J’s mom is a fan of brisket, so I got her the brisket sandwich with a side of mac ‘n cheese. The bill for the three sandwiches was just under $30.
I took a seat at the bar while I waited for my sandwiches to be boxed up. It took a little over ten minutes then I headed back to J’s parents.
When I cracked open the boxes, we actually had a hard time telling what was what. Everything was covered in a pretty thin orange BBQ sauce. J’s sandwich didn’t actually have the slaw on the sandwich. It came in little cups spread out through all three Styrofoam containers. We also weren’t sure at first what the beans were. Again, there was little containers of beans in all three of the boxes as well and they were pretty watery. It wasn’t until I put a fork in one that we figured out it was beans. J actually thought it was extra sauce at first.
The sandwiches were all served on ciabatta buns which were really good. The meat, however, wasn’t that great. None of the meat really had any smokey flavor to it and the sauce wasn’t really bold enough to cover up the meaty taste. I’m sure at lunch on a Monday afternoon, we were getting weekend leftovers that were reheated…at least that’s what it tasted like. J only ate a few bites of half of her sandwiches before giving up. She liked the bread so she took that off to eat, but didn’t like the meat at all. I finished off my whole sandwich, but it wasn’t the best BBQ I’ve ever had.
The sides were somewhat of a different story. The fries were actually really great. They were fresh cut, greasy fries. My favorite. The bag was actually quite large which was a drastic difference from the other sides. I dumped them out so all three of us could work on them because it was by far the best thing we ordered.
The mac ‘n cheese was pretty good, but there’s couldn’t have been more than a tablespoon of a serving. We each took a small bite just to try it.
After J’s mom bit in to her sandwich, she realized she had been there before. They had bought a Groupon a while ago and didn’t really like the place then. Had she known where I was going, she may have tried to stop me, but I really like BBQ and it would have been hard to talk me out of it.
I actually hate that I didn’t really like this place because the restaurant is pretty nice. If they worked on the meat a little, they may have a pretty good product. I love that they served the meats on ciabatta buns and the sides were all pretty good, but the BBQ missed the mark a little bit.