Edit ModuleShow Tags

DeRushaEats: Smalley's Carribean Barbeque


Published:

What is wrong with me? Don’t answer that. But I don't know how it's possible that I haven’t visited Smalley’s Carribean Barbeque until this past weekend.

Well, don’t make my mistake. Pack up the kids, the neighbors, the Prius or the SUV, and get yourself to Stillwater. And eat. And drink.

Smalley’s has been open since 2008 (Dara reviewed it three years ago) and it’s run by Chef Shawn Smalley. It’s a Tim McKee production, as Smalley used to be a chef at La Belle Vie.

You have to order the sweet corn fritters with rum butter ginger sauce ($6.50). Crispy outside, corny inside, we were literally fighting over the last one. Amazing.

Smalley's BrisketDon’t miss the absolutely insanely tender and delicious brisket. It’s Carribean barbeque—which means lots of allspice. I had it with the Spicy Jamaican jerk sauce, which is seriously spicy. For $13, I got some of the best barbeque I’ve ever had.

My wife had the coal-roasted pork shoulder ($12), and that was also incredible. It just fell off the fork, so tender.

Each barbeque comes with two sides—and we loved the four we tried. The grilled curried vegetables were fantastic—giant chunks of green and red pepper and onion, topped with a really nice curry sauce. The fire roasted pork and beans were rich and porky. The roasted sweet potatoes with sausage and carmelized pork were as decadent as you’d expect. And the Mac n’ Cheddar with chiles and bacon—well, it’s tough to go wrong with that.


It’s hard to say the rum is the real star of the show here, because the barbeque is so freakin’ delicious. But the rum—it’s just crazy. They have about 165 different varieties (if you order Captain Morgan, I believe someone comes out and literally beheads you), including the Kill Devil shot.

This is a house-made rum, crafted from a variety of rums, including 151-proof Bacardi. Then it’s combined with syrups, flavoring agents, blackbeard whiskers, and decanted into old port bottles. It’s buttery and sweet and rum like you’ve never had before. I had three shots (sipping them, of course. I’m not a pirate, after all.).

So walk the plank, mateys (sorry, I’m no good at pirate talk)… and get to Smalleys. Soon!

Smalley's Carribean Barbeque
423 Main Street, Stillwater
651-4395375
smalleyspiratebbq.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rfischer@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

Fine Spirits Classic Twin Cities 2018

Sip on cocktails prepared by top mixologists and enjoy gourmet fare at Minnesota Monthly's seventh annual Fine Spirits Classic at Orchestra Hall on July 26

Grilled Vegetable and Bratwurst Salad Recipe

Think “outside the bun” and enjoy summer’s favorite grilled brats in a fresh veggie salad for a low-carb alternative

The Twin Cities' Best Hot Dogs

The hottest of hot dogs, to celebrate National Hot Dog Day on July 18

3 Things to Eat This Week: July 11-15

Feast on a fat sandwich, a sweet treat, or something oozy and icy

8 Juicy Places in the Metro

Fresh squeezing and blending superfoods for a super life

Review: Centro Opens in Northeast

Tacos, frozen drinks, and spectacular sides in a unique Northeast space

Cherry and Chocolate Truffle Tart Recipe

Take advantage of the short but sweet cherry season with a luscious cherry and chocolate treat

Pizza Madness: Dulono's Pizza

As one of 32 pizza participants, Dulono’s Pizza battles it out in Minnesota Monthly's Pizza Madness Bracket Challenge

3 Things to Eat This Week: Cooling Off

It's officially summer. Cool down with ice cream, poke, or cold noodles.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags