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Smoking Pig BBQ Company

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1114 N 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112-4944
+1 408-380-4784
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well it was meat. That's the best thing I can say. I don't know if they are using cheap wood. It tastes funny to me. The sauces are either flavorless or so hot it doesn't matter. I guess I'm spoiled with TN, AL, and the Carolinas. Not impressed.

1 Thank Lagimus
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the 3 meat combo. Brisket pulled pork & spare ribs They are so tender to every bit Pulled melted in your mouth the brisket was so juicy. Got to go back

Thank Antmonie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have been eating at smoking pig for years and they just opened a new location on coleman ave. Their burnt ends are amazing (limited availability). Definitely worth a trip! Bonus: in the back they have their smokers with viewing windows so you can watch the pit masters at work

Thank Zach O
San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

I recently went to lunch at the Smoking Pig with a bunch of people from work. After hearing so much about it, I just had to try it. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I thought it was just good, not great. The pulled pork was really good, but others who had brisket and the catfish said that their... More 

Thank 1wholoves2travel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

The burnt ends and pulled pork is amazing. Everything I've had there is great though. The 2 humongous smokers in the parking lot are a thing of beauty as well. If your lucky enough to be there when they open the smokers, take the opportunity to look inside. It will make your mouth water. If you weren't that hungry before... More 

Thank Jesse M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

I as in town for business for a few days staying just up the road in the Country Inn and Suites, and was browsing for somewhere close by to grab some dinner. was a bit sceptical when this place popped up as number 4 in San Jose, but fair play to them its a great little spot. From what I... More 

Thank wynks79
Pebble Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

The food was not terrible. However, there is no chance in the world this place should rated #4 in San Jose. Really, #4??? In all of San Jose? Amazing. After thinking about it though, I'm not actually too surprised that this "California barbecue" place is rated that highly. Oh wait, that's not a thing. Perhaps I'm being too critical, but... More 

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Riverside, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Had the burnt ends app which had a sauce drizzled over it which was excellent. Had the 2 meat combo of ribs and brisket (lean/fatty mix) which was equally good. Based on server's suggestion took the beans over the potato salad. The beans were very tasty and had some jalapenos but wasn't over powering. Service was very fast and efficient.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

If you like true BBQ (not So Cal "grilled" meat), this is a great choice. I bought a full rack of ribs and a pound of pulled pork so that I would have some to take home when I left San Jose the next day. At $30 for the ribs and $16 for the pork, and $3.25 for sides, I... More 

Thank Max H
Paul R, Owner at Smoking Pig BBQ Company, responded to this review

Hey Max, great comments and suggestions. I'm really stoked you recognize properly smoked meats as real BBQ. It takes a ton of time and effort to do that, and we love it when it's so appreciated. As for the wood, we're pretty much restricted to oak and fruit hardwoods (currently Apple). To bring in Hickory or Mesquite would drive prices... More 

Gilroy, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

This restaurant has some interesting menu items, the jalapeno poppers and Habanero based hot sauce means I can really crank up the heat on my BBQ The smoking was superb, the flavors devine, and like I said, the sauce selection was the bomb, I left sweating bullets and happy.

Thank Norma W
Paul R, Owner at Smoking Pig BBQ Company, responded to this review

Hi Norma, When I first made the hot sauce, it was so hot I couldn't taste-test it. Had to have my wife taste it. I never thought something like that would be so popular! Folks who like it tell me it's because there's a great flavor behind all that heat. So, I'm glad it hit the spot for you. If... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$12 - $35
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Television, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1114 N 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112-4944
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-380-4784
We are a very casual BBQ "joint" in the traditional sense. The focus is on the food. Slow smoked meats, homemade sides, rubs, sauces and desserts. Friendly service, at home feel. Excellent beer and wine lists (no kidding). Genuine Southern BBQ. Everything made in-house. Our mission is your delight. We Cater too! 25 to 5000 people.

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