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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
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank jcshell
Riverside, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank captaincomment
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 

Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

I took my husband here for lunch on his birthday. He ordered a full rack of ribs. the portion was huge! He said they were the best ribs he's had. The meat was juicy and just fell off the bone. We will be going back!

Thank Deb K
Paul R, Owner at Smoking Pig BBQ Company, responded to this review

Deb, really appreciate the kind words. And we're so happy we helped make your treat for your husband a nice one for his birthday. Looking forward to seeing you next trip. Paul More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

I love the Smoking Pig! The food is great! I highly recommended this place if, you're a bbq lover!!!

Thank shonnal292
Paul R, Owner at Smoking Pig BBQ Company, responded to this review

We love you back, Shonna! Paul More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Great food served in a restaurant with no frills. the first time we visited they had sold out of ribs so we had to go back and it was worth it. Great if you are a meat lover.

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

Hi Jo, Glad you liked out food. I can see you understand that when you slow cook the meats, there's always a chance we can run out. Getting another batch would take over 4 hours for ribs. We 'guess' how many we need for each shift and start that many, but if we get a run on them, of course... More 

San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Good smoky flavor, great sauce selection. Feels a little commercialized. Definitely better than Dickey's or Famous Dave's hands down.

Thank Anthony B
Paul R, Owner at Smoking Pig BBQ Company, responded to this review

Hi Anthony, thanks for the kind words. Eeeek! on the commercialization though :D. We're family owned and 4th Street location is as down-home as it can get in California. We do make everything in our own kitchens at each location: sides, sauces, rubs, desserts, appetizers. Costly to do, but I don't want to compromise quality. Hope to see you again... 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
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
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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