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Showing posts with label Beef Brisket. Show all posts

Fuel BBQ


120 S Park Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771
(407) 328-4848
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It’s still amazing to me, being born and raised in Sanford FL., that the little small town and not much of a downtown has, almost overnight become a foodie and craft beer destination.

There is literally blocks and blocks of craft beer places to visit, and almost as many restaurants, from fast casual to full service, the food scene in Sanford has been making quite a bit of noise lately.

The owners of The Alley, a family owned and operated live music venue in the Historic District of Downtown Sanford that specializes in live performances of all genres of music that has been in business since 2005, decided to get in on this all new foodie craze and opened up Fuel BBQ.

Chris and Michelle Johnson decided to open the small space they had next to the Alley Bar and turn it into a fast casual simple service BBQ joint with an emphasis on Old School Slow and Low BBQ.

With the help of Pit Master Clay Watson, who also moonlights in a blues rock band, they put together a pretty simple and straightforward menu of BBQ classics like Brisket, Ribs, Jim Beam infused High Octane Pulled Pork, Grilled Chicken and a variety of sides.


The St. Louis style ribs are pictured here with the customary side of cornbread and BBQ Beans. The ribs were very tender and fell off the bone, but the flavor was not very impressive, and these had some fatty sections, more than what I am accustomed to. The beans however, are delicious. 

Meats are available by themselves, or on a Kaiser roll bun. The Brisket at Fuel is pretty impressive. It has great char and bark, and really good flavorings. This one was served up on a Kaiser Roll with nothing else except for choice of available housemade BBQ Sauces that are at the table.

High Octane Pulled Pork is made with the traditional pork butt that you would get on the basic menu selection if you order Pulled Pork, but this one is made with a High Octane Jim Beam Bourbon sauce to give it a little extra kick.

The Bus Stop, is a sandwich creation of Brisket and regular Pulled Pork with Coleslaw, although the coleslaw is on the side. As you can see from the above photos, I am not very impressed with the creativity at Fuel BBQ. I understand the part of ordering meats, or a sandwich, but the sandwiches are just really plain and boring, even this one...I feel like I missed the Bus. I am probably spoiled by some other local places as well, but adding a few extra things to these sandwiches would go a long way.

I did really like the variety of table side sauces they had available, especially the Mustard.

Overall, It was good, not great BBQ. I really feel like if they put a bit more creativity into making sandwiches and maybe a few different menu items...and a tad more seasoning into their overall smoke process, they could be really really good.

Fuel BBQ is Closed on Monday, but they are open everyday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, with the exception of Friday and Saturday, as they stay open until 10:00 pm.

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Mission BBQ


968 W Mitchell Hammock Rd.
Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 479-3386
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Mission BBQ opened its doors for business on September 11, 2011.
Ten years after the world changed forever, in some small way they wanted to change it back.

The founders of Mission BBQ, strive every day to remind everyone what makes Our Country great, which is its heroes.

Two friends passionate about BBQ, patriotic for their country, and who believe in running a business with meaning and purpose, decided to open up the first Mission BBQ with a belief  that there is nothing more American than BBQ, and nobody more American than the brave men and women who have sworn to protect and serve our communities and our country.

They do what they do for the love of our soldiers, firefighters, police officers, first responders and all our loved ones in service.

The founders of Mission BBQ, Bill Kraus and Steve Newton journeyed across Texas to Kansas City, the Carolinas to St. Louis...to discover the secrets of great BBQ, and they now have 41 locations in 11 states and are still growing.

Everyday they strive to serve authentic BBQ made from the freshest, most delectable ingredients, and serve it to you in a patriotic dining room filled with tributes to those who’ve made our country great, given to us by the people who earned them.

The menu has all the classic and traditional BBQ items you would come to expect, like Brisket, Pulled Pork, Ribs, Smoked Sausage, Smoked Turkey and Pulled Chicken that is available as combo or as a sandwich with a variety of side offerings. The sides include Mac & Cheese, Coleslaw, Green Beans, Brisket Baked Beans and fries to name a few.

Like many places today, Mission BBQ is fast casual, where you walk up, place your order, and when it is ready, they will call your name and you go and grab your tray of food.

The Brisket Sandwich is packed full of delicious brisket, and Mission BBQ does not skimp on the meat, this was served with Brisket Baked beans with large chunks of brisket and french fries.

The Ribs are no joke here either, they literally fell right off the bone, and didn't need any extra BBQ sauce. Every meal is served with a side if sweet cornbread, and on this order of RIbs, my dining guest ordered the Brisket Baked Beans and a side of Collards, which are seasonal.

I'm not usually a fan of pulled chicken, as it tends to be dry, but Mission BBQ does it right with a very flavorful and moist pulled chicken. This was served with Collards and Green Beans & Bacon.

I went with the XXL Combo with Brisket, Pulled Pork and Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage with a side of Maggies Mac & Cheese and Brisket Baked Beans. This was enough for a meat coma, and it was all delicious. The brisket can be ordered wet or dry, and I went with the more flavorful portions of brisket ordered wet.

Stop by at lunchtime, and you might catch them during the daily salute to the Stars and Stripes. At Mission BBQ, they proudly serve those who serve. Stop by and help them complete their Mission.

Mission BBQ is open Monday to Thursday from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday they are open till 10:00 pm, and on Sunday they open at 11:30 pm and close at 8:30 pm.

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4 Rivers Smokehouse Launches 12th Location...



874 W Osceola Pkwy
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(844) 474-8377
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The sophisticated quick service, Texas inspired smokehouse that is redefining the art of smoking one brisket at a time, has opened its 12th location in Kissimmee.

This new location adds to the brand's growing list of Florida locations. The 4,750 square foot building is located at 874 West Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee and opened its doors on August 10. The restaurant will employ 75 new team members bringing the employment count for the Central Florida based brand to 632. This Smokehouse marks the brand’s sixth opening in the Orlando area and 12th opening overall.

Sandwiches, Dinner Plates and Signature Stackers are among the many menu selections available at the new location. Signature Stackers rank among the favorite with items such as the Texas Destroyer with smoked brisket topped with onion rings, jalapenos and melted provolone cheese, or the Messy Pig with pulled pork between two layers of slaw, pickles and jalapenos.

The Smokehouse Cuban which is a grilled and pressed sandwich made with smoked pork and ham served on Cuban bread topped with layers of onion rings, pickles and melted provolone is also a hot item.

Similar to other smokehouses, this new location will have sweets on hand, including over sized southern inspired cookies, bars, innovative cupcakes and cakes on display at check out. Chef John Rivers’ cookbook, The Southern Cowboy along with his sauces and rubs will be available for purchase in store as well.

In addition to the new Kissimmee location, 4 Rivers Smokehouse announced its plans for expansion into Coral Springs later this year, with an additional location slated for Atlanta in 2017. The Kissimmee location will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information regarding the Kissimmee location, please visit www.4rsmokehouse.com.


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American Q

1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd
Lake Buena Vista, FL
(407) 827-3080

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The all new American Q at the B Resort is open for business, and they may be in the running for best beef brisket in Central Florida.

American Q is a rodízio-style concept offering a modern take on classic barbecue. Just picture the ultimate Americana version of of Texas de Brazil or Fogo De Chao, and you get the picture. At the helm is Executive Chef Justin Leo, who has curated a unique menu that caters to the palates of barbecue enthusiasts, highlighting the flavor profiles of more than a dozen regions throughout the United States and Latin America. 

As soon as you enter, the first thing you see is the hard to miss ’51 cherry red Ford F1 pickup truck sitting front and center. Its a really cool truck, and comes loaded with its own flatbed buffet. Guests are welcomed into a completely transformed industrial country-style setting with multiple seating options that range from a communal table to booths and a semi-private dining room that seats 40. The look inside is set amidst the charm of a distressed brick smokehouse, a barn-inspired wood-clad bar and mason jar chandeliers. 

For $34.95 per person (tax and gratuity additional), you can indulge in an all you can eat barbecue journey. Start with more than 20 selections from the flatbed, which highlight Florida’s fresh produce, specifically micro-greens, lettuce and tomatoes. House made specialties like the daily soup and chili and a selection of seasonal salads like a Florida tomato salad are just a few of your options. Of course nothing says Americana like a baked potato bar and a baked sweet potato bar. There are other made from scratch sides too, like spinach gratin and house apple & caraway slaw as well as a touch of the south with Gulf peel & eat shrimp. 

After you visit the buffet, its time to loosen up your belt a few notches and get ready for the rodízio parade of barbecue meats and poultry. You will get an endless selection of slow smoked turkey drum, cold smoked & grilled turkey thigh with turkey chorizo stuffing, bacon wrapped boneless chicken thighs, house made sausages, smoked pork shoulder, Texas bark beef brisket, picanha of beef, Carolina style flank steak and vegetable brochette. You then have the option of having the complementary soft serve ice cream for desert, or you can order off of the ala carte menu.

In addition to the one price buffet you can also order main dishes that include a selection of 16 additional offerings. St. Louis spare ribs, 6 hour smoked spare ribs, grilled Argentinian spiral house made sausage, and a wood fire grilled jerk rubbed whole boneless snapper are a few of the options.

All of the meat at American Q is from Florida Fresh Meat Company and is grass fed, hormone free beef and pork as well as free range chicken. The restaurant is dedicated to supporting local farms when possible and makes several items from scratch including their sausages, sides and sauces. 

I was able to take part in a media preview event and was really blown away by the quality of the meats, and all of the attention to detail they have put into American Q. I literally ate so much food, it hurt, but it was all so very good. So follow along as I take you on this tour, and try not to go into a meat coma...

In addition to a starter of house made tater tots and devilled crab stuffed eggs, the Swine Candy was an instant hit. The Smoked bacon is roasted with molasses and spice and is served nice and crunchy.

Chef Leo’s personal touches include a baked-to-order Cornbread Skillet, which is included complimentary with the buffet. 




The Virginia Oysters are served with bacon jam and are grilled in shell which gave them a wonderful flavor.





Alligator Boudin was a very unique and flavorful sausage made with farm raised gator, tomatoes, peppers and okra.





The Mahogany Glazed Pork Belly with spicy watermelon salad was another awesome appetizer.






My trip to the Flatbed Buffet included maple baked beans, pasta salad, apple & caraway slaw, and chili.





I don't say this lightly, but the BEEF BRISKET at American Q is quite possibly the best beef brisket I have had in Central Florida. I mean WOW good.




The Bacon Wrapped Boneless Chicken Thighs were really good. They had a very nice smoky flavor, and were moist and tender.




One of my favorites was the Smoked Pork Shoulder. It is cooked with spiced onions that add a bit of a sweetness to the smokiness.






The Slow Smoked Tom Turkey was pretty good as well. It was cooked with a Mahogany glaze.




We did sample some of the Main Dishes like the Hot Smoked Salmon and a selection of ribs. The St. Louis Spare Ribs and the Texas Bark Beef Ribs were pretty tasty.




Just like a traditional rodizio grill, American Q has its own Picanha of Beef. Its a prime cut of top sirloin that is grilled to perfection. It was delicious on its own, but I added a splash of Mango Heat sauce to kick it up. 



Deserts were very good and very home style. The Berry Cobbler was something like your grandma use to make.






The Croissant Bread Pudding with apple compote was very enjoyable. Its a classic dessert with a gourmet twist.



By far, the S'mores Pie was the favorite. Layered graham crackers with flourless chocolate cake and topped with toasted marshmallows..so rich and so good.



American Q also has a full service bar that offers creative cocktails, wines and a large selection of craft beers from regions throughout North America as well as a dedicated nine item bar snacks menu. Items included are the restaurant’s signature Swine Candy,  House Made Tater Tots with bacon salt and Deviled Crab-Stuffed Eggs with blue crab and remoulade.

The restaurant is open daily for dinner from 5 p.m to 10 p.m. and the bar is open Monday through Friday 2 p.m. to midnight. On weekends American Q is open at noon. A daily Happy Hour features half off drinks and is available from 4 to 7 p.m. 

This is a fun place to bring the whole family, or just a group of people who want to devour some meat. I really like the concept, and all of the old world American decor and vibe that American Q has going on, not to mention the food as well. All of the meat we sampled was very flavorful and cooked with a sense of down home BBQ pride.

Tip*- After you are done eating and are about to fall into a meat coma, there are a few leather couches and some large lounge chairs located at the front of the restaurant that you can use to sleep off your meat induced sleepiness....

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