Smoqued Barbeque

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Smoqued Barbeque

Walk down North Glassell in the Plaza any time of the day or night and you’ll smell the tantalizing aroma of authentic barbecue. Open for Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner, Smoqued Barbeque features slow-cooked specialties like pulled pork and beef brisket.

If you enjoy the Old Towne restaurant’s finger-licking food or want to sample it for the first time, the folks at Smoqued Barbecue have some good news for you. On September 14th, they are holding a one-year anniversary party. Free to the public, the bash will include complimentary servings of two 100-pound smoked whole hogs.

“We’ll serve the pork along with a slice of white bread Texas-style, so you can make your own pulled pork sandwich,” says owner Mike Hernandez. “We’re throwing the party as a thank you to our customers and the City of Orange for a great first year.”

Also featured at the event will be several California craft beer anniversary selections. “California makes some of the best beer in the country,” says Hernandez, noting that the restaurant serves 12 rotating California craft beers on tap. At the event, you’ll find several anniversary beers at $5 a glass from brewers like Bootleggers Brewery and Cismontane Brewing Company.

Hernandez reports that business is booming for Smoqued, which opened September 2012. “People are picky about barbecue, but we’ve gotten great feedback,” he says, crediting the positive response to the fact that the restaurant employs a full-time pitmaster to man their wood-burning smoker.

“Billy Lundergan works long days preparing the meat, tending the fire and checking the brisket as it cooks,” says Hernandez, who notes that they generally smoke 500 to 600 pounds of meat at once and a typical brisket takes 14 hours to smoke.

“Every piece of meat has its own character,” he says. “Billy keeps the smoker stocked with wood so there is a nice smoke ring around the brisket, and he gives each brisket the love and attention it requires.”

The anniversary celebration on September 14th starts at noon. Pork will be served while supplies last, and there will be specials throughout the night. Smoqued is located at 128 North Glassell St.; 714-633-7427;

Smoqued BBQ Free Appetizer

Enjoy one FREE Appetizer with the purchase of a Two Meat Combo at Smoqued Barbeque, through Oct 31, with the coupon on page 9 of the printed Plaza Review!

» Select to view the Smoqued Barbeque New to the Neighborhood article from Nov/Dec 2012.

Published in the Sep/Oct 2013 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review

Written by Julie Bawden-Davis, Photograph provided by Smoqued Barbeque

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