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The Smoking Barrel

1006 Cody Ave, Hays, KS
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Ranked #41 of 79 restaurants in Hays
Cuisines: Barbecue
Most recent review
- Feb 2, 2014
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9 reviews from our community

44% Recommend
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English first
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This restaurant has permanently closed as of December 15, 2013. There is a new BBQ restaurant called TK's Smokehaus now open downtown.

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Hays, Kansas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I have lived in Kansas City most of my life and know what BBQ is supposed to taste like and this is not it. The meat was ok but the sauces they came up with were awful. I would have rather had store bought BBQ sauce than the ones they created. The sides were OK, nothing amazing. This places needs... More

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Aurora, Colorado
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41 reviews 41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I don't usually write bad reviews but this food was just not good. The pulled pork tasted like it had been cooked in a crock pot with a salt lick. Absolutely no smoky taste at all. The meat was served atop a slice of burned toast to absorb all the liquid from the pork. The potatoes in the potato salad... More

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Columbia, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

On our road trip, we wanted Kansas BBQ at a local restaurant that was not a chain. We found it at Smoking barrel. A good variety of meats, sauces , excellent service satisfied our desires. Amazingly good coffee as well which we did not expect.

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Muskogee, Oklahoma
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013 via mobile

Five smoked meats, 9 good sauces. Sandwiches, plates, fries and slaw - all good. Fried oreos good- need powdered sugar to be better.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

My family wanted to try out this new place in our fine town. When I think great bbq food; I think meat that is so tender it falls apart even if you look at it. Not the case here. The pulled pork I had was good but not tender. We did try all of thier sauces, I liked the "Carolina... More

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Columbus, Ohio
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I travel the country looking for places like this. I knew it was a good sign when I discovered they use a Traeger Grill for their BBQ, and smoking as most of the top joints I've found have this in common. The chicken and ribs were amazing. I'll definitely make my way back here when I get backto this part... More

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Hays, Kansas, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

My family loves to dine out, and we didn't know this place was open in Hays. We ordered a variety of meats and sides for our family or four to sample and share. The food was excellent! I love brisket and I was not disappointed. The variety of sauces was different. We look forward to having their food again.

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