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Smokehouse BBQ and Brews

121 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. 717-431-8400 or
Hours of operation: Open daily at 11:30 a.m. Closing times vary. Call-ahead seating is available via phone or online. Kids’ plate and sampler offered.

Located at Plain & Fancy Farm, which opened in 1959, the “low n’ slow” restaurant made its debut in April 2017.

The family-style restaurant shifted gears for a chance at offering something different: barbecue in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Switching menu items from your basic meat and potatoes to smoked brisket and coleslaw, Smokehouse BBQ and Brews is a dining alternative for those wanting a taste inspired by the South. However, it seems that smoked meat does have a Lancaster connection; it’s a tradition in Plain communities, and nearby Smoketown was named for the smoked meat that it produced. (But, don’t worry because while one side of the menu features barbecue, the other still offers Lancaster County favorites.)

Rubs and sauces are both in-house creations. One of the sauces, ABQ, contains a Lancaster County favorite, apple butter. Other sauces include White Horse, Memphis Heat, and The Smoke.

Popular menu items include corn muffins, frickles, smokehouse chili, The Legend, and Mac & Cheese – made with four varieties of cheese. Don’t forget dessert: peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream, shoofly pie and more.

And, beer is also a staple of Smokehouse’s menu. Beverages range from a root beer float to a beer float made with chocolate vanilla porter. There are also 12 craft beers on tap.

Other notable destinations: JoBoy’s Brew Pub (Lititz); Harvey’s Main Street Bar-B-Q (Mount Joy); Divine Swine (Manheim); Hess’s Barbecue Catering (Willow Street)