Enjoy a sultry taste of the south at Southern Smoke.

Enjoy a sultry taste of the south at Southern Smoke.
22 Nov 2016

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Ottawa Street, know for antiques, record shops and textile stores, has been home to Southern Smoke Barbecue House for the past 15 months. Prior to opening the restaurant, Southern Smoke existed as a food truck.

The decor is modern, yet rustic. Stained wooden palates were used on the wall behind the bar, and on the front of the food serving area. The dark red and accent taupe coloured walls are warm and inviting, with plenty of seating.

Southern Smoke Barbecue House

With it’s casual style, this modernly rustic slow and low eatery serves cafeteria style. Grab a table, read through the menu, walk up to the counter, and order your food. They take your name and payment, and then you can head back to your table. They’ll call your name when your food is ready. Simple.

There are 2 BBQ sauces on each table: a flavourful house BBQ sauce, and a Forty Creek BBQ sauce (made from Grimsby’s Forty Creek whisky). Both have a nice flavour, and accent the meat well. I preferred the house BBQ sauce with the brisket.

My BBQ lunch

There were so many items on the menu that I wanted to try. I knew if I tried more than one, I would be taking home leftovers (which is what I wanted to do).

The fist item I ordered was the “1/2LB Sliced Beef Brisket”. Smoked over cherry and maple wood, this brisket is soft and tender, and sliced fresh to order. It is served with fresh bread, and a choice of sassy slaw or chuck wagon beans.

The brisket was delicious. I only ate 2 pieces, and took the rest home for my girls. They love brisket almost as much as I do.

One of my favourite things about smoked brisket is the burnt ends. Some BBQ places slice it and serve it in a brisket order, and some use the ends in their beans or other side dishes. I love the ends, so I had to order the “1/2LB Hammer Down Burnt Ends” when I saw them. Southern Smokehouse pulls out the whole brisket from the smoker half way through the smoking process, and separates the flat from the point. The point is cubed, and put back in to slowly cook until the pitmaster says it’s good to go. The ends didn’t disappoint. They were flavourful, and made an awesome addition to the main brisket dish.

Hush Puppies are one of my favourite sides with BBQ. Deep fried cornmeal fritters, with diced onions and jalapeños, and served with a garlic aioli to dip. Crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. I ate all of these at the restaurant. Unlike brisket, these don’t taste very good as reheated leftovers. They are best eaten fresh.

No beef meal is complete without a side of potatoes. In this case, fresh cut and deep fried French Fries, using Canadian potatoes. Crispy goodness. The house blend BBQ sauce went well with these fries.


Glass bottled soda and water are available, for those not looking for alcohol. For those who are, you can enjoy one of 10 beers on tap, including Sam Adams Boston Lager, Moosehead Radler, Collective Arts, Cameron’s Brewing, Steam Whistle, Alexander Keith’s, Budweiser and Rolling Rock Pale Ale.

Lots on the menu

A few burgers, a variety of sandwiches, entree salad, several meat selections from the pit (smoked beef, chicken, pork and sausages), fried chicken and wings, lots of sides including beans and country biscuits, and sample platters. There is something for everyone.

They even have a kids menu for younger BBQ lovers.

Next time I am in, I’m definitely going to try the house blend sausages.

Southern Smoke Menu (Front) @ bigdaddykreativ.ca

You can also check out their menu on their website.

Location and Hours

Southern Smokehouse Barbecue House is located at 201 Ottawa Street North in Hamilton, Ontario.

Monday to Thursday: 11:30am to 8:00pm
Friday: 11:30am to 9:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday: available for private bookings

Stop in for some BBQ at Southern Smoke

If you are in the Ottawa Street area of Hamilton, stop in to Southern Smoke. The ambience is warm, the smell of smoke is inviting, and the food is delicious. Make sure you try the burnt ends.

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Craig Silva

Craig is a passionate and seasoned travel, food, and lifestyle writer, whose words paint vivid pictures of the world's most captivating destinations. His work not only inspires others to embark on their own adventures but also fosters a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our world. He captures the essence of each locale, offering readers a glimpse into the cultures, landscapes, cuisine, and experiences that make travel so enriching. Craig is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA). If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.

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