Smokehouse 21

Written by on June 18, 2016 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Northwest neighborhood, Portland, Oregon

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How I heard of this place: Interested in BBQ for a Father’s Day weekend, our husbands went to Yelp for help. And here’s what we landed upon.

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Type of cuisine: Smokehouse 21 rubs and smokes a variety of barbecued fish, fowl, pig, lamb and cow. All of our meat and vegetables are sourced from local butchers and farmers, and the buns for our sandwiches come from Ken’s Artisan Bakery, right here in Portland.

Smokehouse 21 Happy Hour & SpecialsAll of our meat is served dry, so you determine which, if any, sauce you want and how much of it to use. Barbecue sauces include Classic and Spicy (Texan-style) or Spicy Vinegar and Mustard (Carolina-style). Each plate is paired with your choice of two sides, every sandwich with one. And everything comes with wet naps and extra napkins (trust us: you’ll want ‘em).

Ambiance: Lightly hidden, the step down through the small doorway is the perfect entrance for Smokehouse 21’s cozy interior.
Smokehouse 21 Entry
Indoors, limited seating, underneath stuffed animal heads keeps the space intimate and quaint.
Smokehouse 21 Cozy
The corner nook hosts alcohol and cookbooks, the register and glasses on cool shelves,
Smokehouse 21 Server Nook
while walls are sparsely, but appropriately, satirically ornamented.
Smokehouse 21 Little Piggies
We were welcomed to our table, towards the back, and seated ourselves enthusiastically before quickly perusing the menu.
Smokehouse 21 Table Setting
What I ordered: To start, who can turn down something called Warm Bacon Molasses ($3):
cornbread, smoked honey butter? Not us.
Smokehouse 21 Cornbread 2
Neither of our two parties, in fact.
Smokehouse 21 Cornbread 1
Our main entrées included a selection of Creekstone Farms Beef Brisket, Draper Valley Farms Smoked Chicken and  Beef&Pork Hot Link Sausage for our cousins,
Smokehouse 21 Meats
And a full rack of ribs for my husband ($30).
Smokehouse 21 Ribs
Our sides ($4 each), served family style, Macaroni and Cheese: 3-cheese, bacon and cornbread crumbs; BBQ Beans with brown sugar, molasses, meat bits, and cornbread crumbs; and Braised Greens with shallot, bacon, vinegar and brown butter.
Smokehouse 21 Sides
What I loved: Macaroni and Cheese! Brisket. Ribs. Ribs. (Yes, twice.)
Why I loved it: With the semblances of a mom ‘n pop shop, this hipster joint is very cozy, real and unpretentious. They serve great food and do it well!
Smokehouse 21 Inscribed Table
Cost: Average to high (meats are $5 – $12 per 1/2 pound)
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