Kingston is undoubtedly the culinary capital of Jamaica and with dining restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic lifted, lots of restaurants in the city are welcoming patrons to dine once more. One of these restaurants is one which was recently added to Kingston’s expansive list of eateries, Zack’s Smoke Shack.
A first-of-its-kind in Jamaica, this eatery is a barbecue smoke pit that provides delicious smoked ribs, roast pork, sausage and chicken, along with Southern American side dishes such as mac and cheese, baked beans, coleslaw and corn bread, to name a few. It is centrally located in Marketplace on Constant Spring Road in St. Andrew.
The set-up of the restaurant gives a true representation of a rustic, southern barbecue joint in America. Finished with zinc, wooden panels, vintage industrial farmhouse lights, complemented with wooden tables and chairs, one foot into this food joint brings you into a Texas, New Orleans or Tennessee smokehouse. In addition, like smoke pits in America, the venue also has witty signs posted all over.
But, let’s get down to the meat of the matter!
Each piece of chicken and ribs cooked at Zack’s is brined for 24 to 48 hours before being smoked for four to six hours. General Manager, Roland Henry says this helps to seal in the flavours in the meats and deliver that authentic smoked taste. Budget-friendly, the items on the menu are very affordable.
We were delighted in the Three-meat Combo, which is any three meats of your choice from a list of smoked chicken, roast pork, ribs or sausage served with your preferred side order and cornbread; the Spicy Bird Sandwich– fried pieces of saucy chicken with pickles smothered with coleslaw and placed between two buns, the Loaded Fries– comprised of fries with Roast Pork embedded in the middle, surrounded by cuts of sausage and doused with a generous amount of cheese. We also had coleslaw, mac and cheese, potato salad, corn bread, baked beans and a serving of Cajun fries. The food was mouthwatering, especially the ribs and loaded fries and was also incredibly filling.
The restaurant creates their own BBQ sauces, specifically to enhance and complement the flavour of each meal on the menu. They are: the Zack’s Sweet Smoke, Bourbon and the Blowwow Hot barbecue sauces. They also make their own hot sauces and similar to the BBQ sauces, they are no additives or preservatives.
And to cool the ‘heat’, you can choose from a variety of beverages. We had the Country Sweet Tea and the Hog Wash Lemonade, which were just perfect refreshers for our meals.
And did I mention the price is great?
Zack’s Smoke Shack is opened seven days a week, so swing by and try some of their scrumptious dishes.