The Grove Smoke Shack
The Grove Smoke Shack has an outdoor living room decorated with chandeliers and alabaster elk heads sporting gold antlers. It’s a reasonable facsimile of a barbecue joint, but the glass is spotless and the tin roof ain’t rusted. Thankfully, the food is decent. The menu options are familiar to any Texas barbecue fan. Sausages are house made, and the options vary weekly. Brisket, ribs, and pulled pork are all supplied by the California-based Niman Ranch. Their pulled pork is good, and juicy chunks of nicely seasoned meat come piled on a thick, sweet bun. The Smoke Shack is more of an upscale condo than a shack, where the “tater” on their menu seems like a carefully chosen colloquialism. But hey, the barbecue is decent.
Method: Hickory and mesquite in a wood-fired cabinet smoker
Pitmaster: Marty Peden
Decent barbecue staples in a carefully cultivated atmosphere.