The Smokehouse Barbecue & Brews Outdoor Kitchen at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival

The Smokehouse Barbecue & Brews Outdoor Kitchen at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is located in the American pavilion, and is serving up some truly tasty Barbecue. My husband and I stopped by one afternoon for a taste of what they had to offer.


The Smokehouse Outdoor KitchenThe Smokehouse Outdoor Kitchen
What Makes It All Tick, The SmokersWhat Makes It All Tick, The Smokers


The Smokehouse is imparting great flavors to their meats with real wood-smoke from a variety of trees to offers bits of the distinct flavors they bring. Different types of wood imbue the meats with a variety of flavor notes, fruit trees bring a bit of sweetness, while hardwoods offer a fuller flavor, and mesquite has a heaviness that's great for barbecue but should be used with a light hand.

The plantings around The Smokehouse kitchen offer a look at the ingredients being used to create the dishes. Guest can find live oak and pecan trees, cabbage, corn, collard, and jalapeno all growing on display. Watching over all action is the Sheriff Woody topiary.


Sherif Woody Oversees The American BarbecueSherif Woody Oversees The American Barbecue
Woody Topiary at The SmokehouseWoody Topiary at The Smokehouse


By the time we made it to The Smokehouse we had had a lot of booze and sugar, so we stuck with the basics at this booth and ordered one each of the main courses. I started with the Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapenos. This had been on my "must eat" list, and while it was good, but I was actually a pretty underwhelmed by it. It lacked any sort of real "pop" in flavor to me. I know many folks that swear by it though, so don't let my opinion stop you from giving it a shot.


Beef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled JalapenosBeef Brisket Burnt Ends Hash with White Cheddar Fondue and Pickled Jalapenos


Next up was the Smoked Pork Ribs with Black Bean and Corn Salad. This is the gluten free option on the menu, and it was worth every bite. We chose not to add barbecue sauce to the dishes because we really wanted to enjoy the full flavors imparted by the smoking process. The ribs were delicious, with a fall off the bone texture and a deep smokiness. They really didn't need any sauce, especially if you enjoy the tangy Black Bean and Corn Salad, which I did. The cold, fresh salad mix was tossed in a light vinaigrette which really added the "pop" to this dish that I found lacking in the first one I tried.


Smoked Pork Ribs with Black Bean and Corn SaladSmoked Pork Ribs with Black Bean and Corn Salad


Finally, we found the star of the show at The Smokehouse in the Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw and Crispy Onions. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Not only is this pulled pork smoked to a tender perfection, but the rub used on it imparted a savory mix of spices that brought it all together. Now that's great barbecue - and IMHO - it's hard to call this hefty portion a slider. You absolutely get some value to your dollar with this dish.


Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw and Crispy OnionsPulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw and Crispy Onions


Overall we really enjoyed out meal at The Smokehouse. We paid using 1 Quick Service Credit from the Disney Dining Plan, vs. using 3 Snack Credits, and found it to be a good value for us, especially with the giant slider.

Have you been to The Smokehouse Barbecue & Brews Outdoor Kitchen at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Show? What were your favorites? What did you think about the hash? Leave a comment and let us know!

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