Smoke BBQ, S.F.'s Newest Mobile 'Cue Merchant

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Luis Chong
The Smoke truck sets up weekdays behind an auto parts shop in the Bayview.
​Meet Smoke BBQ, the latest wheeled 'cue vendor to debut in San Francisco. The two-week-old red trailer can be found weekdays in the Bayview's industrial zone, parked behind an automotive parts supply store, not too far from the Smokin' Warehouse BBQ SFoodie reviewed last year.

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Luis Chong
​On a recent sunny afternoon at the Smoke truck, we found chef Mark Furr and pastry chef Angela Chavez, two of the three owners who staff this Kansas City-style barbecue operation. According to Chavez, the trailer's previous owner had an arrangement with the auto parts shop, one the new owners have opted to continue. So far it's turned out well: Workers in the area seem to love their new lunch option, and there's enough parking for destination visitors like SFoodie.

Smoke's menu includes five meat choices (pork spareribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, sausage, and chicken) served as plates ($10-$14) or sandwiches ($6-$8), plus sides (half-pints $2.50, pints $5), and barbecue by the pound ($10-$20). We ordered the two-meat combo special for $14, which included two sides and cornbread.

Brisket and ribs seemed the logical choices to gauge Smoke's 'cue. The desserts list (chocolate cream pie, banana cream pie, brownies, and s'mores) was tempting, but we decided not to indulge this time, since we feared we'd need a wheelbarrow and a strong friend to get us home.

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Luis Chong
The brisket and rib combo with two sides and cornbread, $14.
​Our combo order came with generous slabs of thick brisket topped with a sprinkling of barbecue seasonings and two oversized spareribs. Both featured a blackened crust. Sauce came in a small container on the side -- we used it as a dipping cup as we ravaged the meats. The verdict: Smoke's ribs were our favorite. And we would have liked one or two extra servings of that sauce.

We've become accustomed to lackluster side dishes at most local barbecue places, but this is one vendor that bucks the trend. The cornbread was incredibly soft, not mushy, and the potato salad was excellent, better than any we've sampled as barbecue sides. We love the cheddar grits at Brenda's, and Smoke's cheesy grits were equally rich and delicious, despite a few lumps.

To get there without a car, catch the Muni T-Third line and get off at Evans, a block past the truck's location on Davidson. Can't make it to the Bayview? According to a recent tweet, you'll get a chance to sample Smoke at Noe Valley's Valley Tavern this weekend during Superbowl XLV. Score!

Smoke BBQ SF: 1438 Davidson (at Third St.), 513-6708. Open Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., or until the food runs out.

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Moshe
Moshe

This place is now out of business.

Guest
Guest

They have been on 24th street, outside of Zephyr real estate for the last 2 Sundays

Rick1959
Rick1959

Nothing to write home about. The woman working there said they cook all their meats on an "ELECTRIC" cooker and use some kind of pellets to provide smoke flavor. Meh... that doesn't sound like BBQ to me not did it taste and look like it.

Southern Smoke
Southern Smoke

This sounds like great Q. And a great place for mobile food. I'm stopping by for sure. Thanks for the review!

Southern Smoke
Southern Smoke

Went with a couple of friends and was very disappointed by the the bbq and pompous service.

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