Though barbecue sauce can be used to power tractors or grease slip ‘n' slides, it’s best for making beans sing and chickens dance. Start a party on the tongue's floor with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of classic barbecue fare and drinks at Blowin' Smoke BBQ on MLK Jr. Boulevard. Known for its palate-moistening classic barbecue fare and family-friendly environment, Blowin' Smoke has won a panoply of awards for its savory edibles. Explore its menu of down-home cooking that beats eating from the neighborhood gruel trough; selections include fried pickles, barbecue-pulled-pork wraps, Kansas City–style baby back ribs, a smoked half chicken, and more. The kids' menu offers dainty bites for the 12-and-under crowd, while a huge stock of craft beers are on hand for the reverse age group. An outdoor patio is available when the weather accommodates, and live music rumbles to life on weekend evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Connect Savannah named Blowin’ Smoke Best Barbecue and Best Outdoor Dining, and named its chefs Best Chefs, in 2009. The restaurant was also mentioned as must-try in Southern Living, and Savannah Magazine named it Best BBQ, Best Chef, Best New Restaurant, and Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant in 2008. Yelpers give it an average of four stars:
- Is it the indoor and outdoor seating choices, the live entertainment or Chef Jeff Crumpton’s lip-smackin’ pork, ribs, brisket and chicken that draws ’em in by the dozens? Most likely it’s all of the above, and the great kid’s menu items delivered by the cheerful staff that got this newbie the votes for four categories. – Savannah Magazine
- Spectacular. A hidden gem of savannah. Generous portions and good service. – Anthony B., Yelp