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Smokin' Jack's Rib Shack

505 West 17th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 961-2243
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English first
Wabash, Indiana, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The rib tips were outstanding. But you gotta get there early, first come first serve. Everyone at our table has been back on there own at least twice since then.

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Jefferson, Georgia
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Went there on a Monday night (Senior night- supposedly, at 50% off according to the posted signage) After taking my order for a double rib dinner, I was informed the 50% off did not apply to "take out." I paid the tab and left with my ribs... fries were good, staff was "OK" and ribs were edible (were not baby... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

To me barbecue has to taste like it was made there. I order the 1/2 lbs sandwich without the roll. 1/4 lbs of pork and 1/4 lbs of brisket with 2 sides. They're all good. Really like the atmosphere always try to go at least once every time in town.

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Auburn, Indiana
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Was looking for BBQ while visiting my daughter at IU. Ended up at Smokin Jack's after a football game on a saturday night. Just got a pulled pork and some wings. Wings were very flavorful. Pulle dpork sandwich was flavorful but tasted as if it had been frozen. I would like to come back and try it fresh if possible.... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

This is the third time I have eaten at this restaurant. I had a half rack of ribs and I found them to be very good. They were covered liberally in some really good barbecue sauce that had a nice little hot kick to it. For my 2 sides, I had baked beans and the cornbread salad. Both sides were... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Pulled pork sandwich was great and all the sauces are very good. Coleslaw, although a bit more liquid-ey than I like, had good flavor. Cornbread was moist and delicious. Potato salad was great also. Overall, a great affordable meal!

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Bloomington, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Worst ribs ever, I don't know if I went there on a bad day, but only tried it once and was bad enough to make me not want to go back ever...ribs were dry, not enough BBQ sauce, even it you add more, it's so dry it doesn't help

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Bloomington, IN
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54 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I think Smokin' Jack's has good pulled pork; but the ribs and chicken were very disappointing. Too bad - would love for this town to have a good barbecue joint!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Smokin' Jack's is the best kept secret in Bloomington!!! Awesome BBQ and really speedy service!!! Pulled pork, brisket, ribs, pork tenderloin sandwich - all wonderful and such a good value!!!! 1/4 pound pulled pork sandwich with side is only $6. I took my parents and relatives from Nashville, TN here this past weekend and everyone was more than satisfied. They... More 

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Maiden, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

I ate at Smokin Jacks on a snowy day last week. The food was well prepared. I had the largest tenderloin sandwich I have ever seen. Very crunchy- great taste. As a North Carolina resident I was skeptical about the BBQ but it was smoky and flavorfull. The ribs were delicious. Great service. The ice tea was also good.

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Address: 505 West 17th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
Phone Number: (812) 961-2243
Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
Cuisine: American

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