E&J Smokehouse is a welcome addition to the Lubbock food scene. Barbecue enthusiasts will drool over their smoked selections; we loved the brisket-topped deviled eggs and the belly-filling Ultimate Grilled Cheese, stuffed with short rib and caramelized onions. Equally fun is the venue, Spirit Ranch, a special-event space whose grounds feature a stream and several peacocks that you can watch as you eat near the large windows or on the rustic patio.