After a morning on the golf course one of my buddies and I decided to go eat some barbecue. We discussed a few days prior trying each of the top 10 barbecue restaurants on Urbanspoon. We decided to stay local and go to Smokejack in downtown Alpharetta. I have dined here on one prior occasion and was reasonably satisfied. It had some positive qualities and some drawbacks. After my first dining experience it was a solid barbecue choice when wanting to remain local. We arrived and there were only a few tables which is normal at noon on a Saturday. The waitress asked us if we wanted an appetizer we opted for the fried pickles. They came out and were huge pieces of dill pickle well seasoned and fried. They are served with a spicy mayonnaise which was decent. It was a good appetizer. We both ordered the pulled pork sandwich with the Kansas City barbecue sauce.
The first time I ate here I had the meat trio which had burnt ends, pork and turkey on the plate it had a sweet sauce I wasn’t a fan of. I didn’t know this was that sauce. The sandwich was good but the pork didn’t have enough bark in it I love bark it is the best part of the barbecue. For anyone that doesn’t know what bark is it’s the chard pieces of pork that are crisp and really let you appreciate the time and effort it takes to smoke pork. This was disappointing because my first dining experience had plenty of it as well as the delicious burnt ends. My side dish was the collard greens which I will admit were some of the better ones I have had at a restaurant. Justin had the mac and cheese and he said it was disappointing it looked a little too brown on top which I thought I would never say.
After two visits to Smokejack I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars. This restaurant has some potential I firmly believe with a better sauce it could easily be a 4 out of 5 their meat is solid and the service is spot on. I was impressed with the collards and the pepper vinegar anyone who loves collards should try them.