At Smoqued Watching Japan Get Smoked; or Bacon, Beer and an extra helping of America.
When we went to bed on Saturday night, we were satisfied with our contribution to America's birthday. We cooked, we blogged (post coming soon), we ate, we laughed, we even made time to have a drink or two-elve ;) A fun, yet exhausting day it was. Believing we were all done celebrating our great nation, we took Sunday in stride, starting with a movie and errands to quickly fill the hours until lunch.
Imagine our surprise when we found ourselves enjoying a couple of Pizza Port's Swami's IPAs (America), munching on candied bacon and deviled eggs (America!!) while rooting the US Women's team on to victory at the World Cup (AMERICA!!!!). Needless to say, the original intended blog post got bumped for this one.
In their own words, Smoqued BBQ in old-town Orange, CA "is dedicated to creating classic BBQ with a California influence". But, this post is not actually about the BBQ. It's about the details in a couple select snacks, which have kept us consistently coming back for more - the aforementioned bacon and deviled eggs.
Hickory smoked with brown sugar and black pepper, the house made bacon is sweet and subtly spicy with a jerky-like bite that'll make your eyes light up at first taste. The standard appetizer portion is the primal choice for 2 greedy bacon enthusiasts or a table of 6 ladies who lunch. However, one of the most enticing aspects of choosing Smoqued on any given day is the ability to order a smaller portion of the candied bacon as a side to your entree. If you don't believe that some occasions in life call for swapping out french fries (those are great too, especially with their homemade ranch) in favor of bacon, we invite you to come have a beer with us, eat this bacon and talk it out.
The deviled eggs are seemingly less complicated. We'd call them a no-frills option, except that each is light and creamy, flavorful and topped with a perfectly portioned piece of the candied bacon (hello, frill!). It too is listed as a "side" option, but that shouldn't deter you from placing an a la carte order or two as a starter to wash down those beers.
Speaking of, the beer list is outstanding. All are craft beers, some long-standing staples at their respective breweries, some seasonal. We've never seen the list the same and we've never been disappointed.
For good measure- throw in quality service by people who are passionate about what they do and serve. Our guess is that it's because they've had the bacon too.