November 20, 2018

Jim's Joint B.B.Q.'s The Smokestack

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By Lynda Wheatley | Nov. 3, 2018

Jim’s Joint B.B.Q. in Honor abstains from both rules and region. And man, does that work well for those of us who worship at the shrine of smoke. Without the commandments of either Carolina or Texas barbacue cramping their style, Pitmaster Jim and Pit Boss Susan Johnson concoct a spicy (read: flavorful, not hot), saucy, smoky heaven all their own. Among the most distinctive options on their menu: The Smokestack — pulled pork and sliced beef layered between cheddar cheese, their own southwest sauce, and — yes, Halleluiah! — Kruncher potato chips, all on a buttery Brioche bun. We paired ours with a side of finger lickin’ delicious corn cakes, and recommend you do the same. Despite a line of five before us, our order was out of the oven and out the door with us in less than five minutes. Stop in to their wee dining room or get something to go, but definitely get you some. Smokestack, $7.29. Corncakes, $1.99 each. Closed Sundays. 10914 US-31, Honor. (231) 227-1227, www.jimsjointbbq.net

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