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“great BBQ” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Smoky Jon's

Smoky Jon's
2310 Packers Ave, Madison, WI 53704
608-249-7427
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Ranked #87 of 838 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
Good for: Local cuisine
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Good for: Local cuisine
Madison, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“great BBQ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Love this BBQ, which is a high compliment from someone who grew up in Kansas City, home of great BBQ!

Visited March 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Madison, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Check it out if you like barbecue.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Nothing fancy and it's a very small place but really good food and great tasting barbecue. Giant burgers and everything else I've tried has been good except their salads, which in no more than iceberg lettuce and a few tomato slices.

Visited November 2012
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Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Quality wasn't up to snuff”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Smoky Jon's has been a family favorite for us, so much so that we willingly drive 60 miles round trip to eat there. Our last visit was a disappointment. Of the two full racks of ribs we ordered, one was excellent and the other was the consistency of beef jerky. The cheap plastic forks and knives Smoky gives you were no match for the ribs; we needed a hatchet. We also ordered beef brisket, which was like beef mush.

Quality of service has declined over our past few visits too. When you order fries as a side, you shouldn't have to ask for ketchup it should be automatic. And would it be that much extra work to put ketchup into a squeeze bottle instead of handing it out in foil packets?

Unfortunately for those of us who like good BBQ, Smoky Jon's has no serious competition in Madison. A good BBQ joint could put Smoky's out of business or at least get him to stop resting on his awards and start focusing on his customers.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, Wisconsin
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Meat!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

I love going to this place! It's nothing to look at, but if you want to go and pig-out on some delicious ribs, you should definitely give Jon's a try.

They also have a variety of very tasty (so I'm reliably informed) sandwiches and other meals, but I never seem to try them for some reason... ;-)

Visited October 2012
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Madison
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
“Not bad for Wisconsin...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

I am from the south, so am very particular about my BBQ. The pulled pork is good, wish they had more choices for sides

Visited August 2012
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