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3.7 miles from Wisconsin State Capitol
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Reviewed March 14, 2024

I don't understand why they charge a 10% surcharge when you spend over $100. On a takeout order. You don't get any extras ( plates utencils, etc.) So when I spent almost $200. I was charged $20. more than if I would have ordered 3...separate family pkgs orders and paid for them separately, which seems like a lot more work for them. The food was good, but I was suppose to get 6 sides but only got 5 and 2 of them wasn't what I ordered. Think they could have done much better for as long as they've been in business .More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 2, 2024 via mobile

Wow, might be the best BBQ I've ever had. I had a full rack if ribs. Very meaty and the sauce was amazing. I will definitely be back.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 28, 2024 via mobile

Took the chefs recommendation on a full rack of ribs, mac & cheese, and beans. All three were amazing! Highly recommend! Will definitely be returning on a monthly basis.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed August 4, 2022 via mobile

We arrived at 7.45pm and ordered dinner and drinks As soon as we paid and try To take a seat he told as that is only for take away We asked to cancel the order(1 min later than ordered) he became crazy,he took my drink...and he launched it to the bin and he went away At the end I didn’t had my money neither my dinner never I hope a manager read this and at least he will give me my money back and apologise for the worst experience at a restaurant everMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed May 22, 2021 via mobile

Omg- this bbq. My husband got a slab of ribs and I got the brisket and it got very quiet 😂. It was so good! The sides were great too - we got beans, fries, onion rings and fried biscuits (which my husband found very...yummy). We didn’t get close to eating all the meat - can’t wait until tomorrow to have more brisket. The sauce is KILLER. The portions were huge and takeout service was super friendly and efficient. Wish we lived in town and we will definitely come again when we visit.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed December 24, 2020 via mobile

First time visit based on web reviews. Ordered brisket and pulled pork takeout for family Christmas gathering. Pulled pork was fine, shredded brisket was terrible, very dry. Everyone agreed after the dinner. Smothering it with the tasty barbecue sauce couldn’t make up for it -...dry leather. Very disappointing. Person taking the carry out orders was a jerk, acted like we were bothering him by placing a $60 order.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed July 25, 2020 via mobile

I am from the south so it’s hard to find good down home BBQ in Wisconsin and this hit the spot. We will continue to eat with the finest BBQ in my opinion around. Portions are enough to fill up 2 people on one plate....I was amazingly shocked at the quality of food and the quantity of food, TAKE A BIB....... you will need it....More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed March 2, 2020 via mobile

We had 2 chopped briskets, 1 chopped pork shoulder and a full rack of ribs. Everything was delicious. Service was excellent. The girl working the counter was a real sweetheart. We left with leftovers that may have been even better later.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

This is our go to place when we visit Madison. We had ribs and brisket this time and everything was excellent once again. My personal favorite is the pork shoulder. I always get the baked beans on the side. The have just the right amount...of heat and sauce. The service is always very attentive and friendly. You must stop and try this place!!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed January 14, 2020

Ordered multiple times and has been good. But this time, the beans were so dried out we couldn’t even eat them. Also, on a visit last week by my son, he and his friend were charged four additional dollars for sharing a meal. Seems a...little steep.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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JonO003, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2020

Vicki, I'm disappointed about your recent visit at our restaurant. If you are ever unsatisfied, please ask to speak to the manager and we'll be happy to help resolve any issues! Best, Smoky Jon (owner)

Reviewed December 5, 2019 via mobile

We decided to try this place out after hearing how great it was. We smoke our own meat (ribs, brisket etc..). So we know what makes a good smoked meat. We thought it was average. The pulled pork sandwich was nice and meaty, although it...arrived semi warm. The rack of ribs was also good but not great. The one issue we had was that the meal was supposed to be gluten free due to severe gluten allergies. Unfortunately, a roll was placed on top of the fries. The side of applesauce was very small. The "beignets" were good. We might go back. The best part of the meal was the super friendly guy who took our order.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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JonO003, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2020

Thank you for your review. Please stop in again and give us a second chance! Best, Smoky Jon (owner)

Reviewed September 29, 2019

I found this place for their catering (pulled pork). It was so yummy that we finally went there for dinner when we were in Madison again. Do not pass this place up! It's a very small eat-in restaurant (7 or 8 tables). But many people...were doing take-out. The smoked chopped beef brisket sandwich was piled high on a soft sesame seed bun (probably from a local bakery). BBQ sauce is served on the side. It is so smoky and sweet and somewhat chutney-like. It's got enough spice to make it flavorful, but not overpowering. We found a new favorite eatery in Madison!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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JonO003, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2020

Michelle, thank you for the wonderful review! Come visit us again soon! Best, Smoky Jon (owner)

Reviewed June 13, 2019 via mobile

I have been reading and hearing about Smokey Jon’s BBQ in Madison for years. Most accounts say it is the best BBQ place Madison if not the entire state of Wisconsin. With more than 100 awards, including many national and world awards, Smokey Jon’s is...rated a must stop for anyone who enjoys barbecue. And, I fit into that category. Usually in Madison around business activities, I never took the time to stop until the other day when I stopped for lunch. Now, it is going to be a must stop every time I am in Madison. The restaurant is located in a nondescript building on a busy street on Madison’s east side. There is virtually no parking, but I was lucky to find a spot along a side street. The exterior appearance, while presentable and neat, is not really inviting and gives you pause as to whether you should actually go inside. But go inside I did to find a cozy little seating area with about 12 tables. The dining area was clean, orderly and had a rustic, “homey” feel. You order your meal at a “hole in the wall” counter from a very pleasant cashier/server. The menu is a large, painted sign over the counter and it took me several minutes to read through all the meal options. Finally, I selected the 1/3/Slab and Smoked Pork Shoulder Sandwich dinner knowing that I would have leftovers for dinner that night. My meal came with 2 side dishes. I chose applesauce and buttered corn from the 10 options available. After ordering, I noticed that I missed the Sugar Fried Biscuits side. That will have to wait until next time. The server brought my meal to the table in less than 5 minutes. The 1/3 slab of ribs was smothered with their “famous” barbecue sauce. The ribs were perfectly smoked; they were meaty, juicy and falling off the bone tender with a nice bark. The sauce had a nice zip but was not overpoweringly hot. It was one of the best barbecue sauces I recall ever eating. I can see why it won a world award for barbecue sauce. My only problem is there was only 1/3 slab of the best ribs I have eaten in a very long time. The Smoked Pork Shoulder sandwich was a mound of shredded port on a rather plain sesame seed roll. The barbecue sauce was served on the side. I sampled the sandwich meat but saved the sandwich itself for dinner. The real surprise of the meal though was the corn. It had a spicy, roasted buttery flavor that was a surprise. Total price for what will be 2 generous meals came to about $18.00. An exceptional value for the best barbecue in Wisconsin. Smoky Jon’s gets my vote. I will be back to get a full slab of ribs to take home and savor.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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JonO003, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2020

Robert, thank you very much for the wonderful review! Stop in again soon! Best, Smoky Jon (owner)

Reviewed June 1, 2019 via mobile

Awesome ribs. Awesome brisket. Awesome bbq sauce. Fast service and staff that is proud of their excellent food.

Date of visit: June 2019
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JonO003, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2020

Will, thank you for the nice review! Best, Smoky Jon (owner)

Reviewed April 19, 2019

We was told about this place as the Best BBQ ribs in the area, 4 of us went and we tried 4 different meats, all was great. The only issue you might have is parking and seating, You go through the line and then they...bring you the food.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Jon O, Owner at Smoky Jon's, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2019

Thank you for the nice review! We're happy to hear that you enjoyed our award winning BBQ ribs! Best, Smoky Jon (Owner)

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5