When deprived of flavorful sustenance, the mouth will often retaliate by shouting your bank-account number at sporting events or turning every sentence into a high-pitched jingle. Tame an unruly tongue with today’s Groupon to Southern Smoke Shack in Cedar Falls. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Southern-style barbecue during dinner, from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- For $7, you get $15 worth of Southern-style barbecue during lunch, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Southern Smoke Shack's culinary artisans cake fresh cuts of quality meat with dry rubs concocted from family recipes, slowly smoking the porcine and bovine delicacies that appear on the menu over select wood pairings and slathering the creations with house-made sauces upon request. Cherry-smoked bourbon baby-back ribs seal in their succulent flavor with a rub, as well as a delicate glaze of 4 Brothers bourbon normally reserved for adult-back ribs, decorating tables for dinner (half rack, $9.99; full rack, $18.99) or lunch (lunch rack, $5.99). The smoky sweetness of mesquite radiates from the texas brisket sandwich ($5.99–$8.99), and the pork of the smokestack sandwich arrives buried beneath strata of roasted peppers, jack cheese, and diablo sauce ($5.99–$8.99).
Table tenants can cool off with a refreshing cold beer or by bringing an industrial fan and sitting across from it. Meatless entree accessories, such as Banker’s baked beans, sweet corn kernels, and macaroni salad ($1.69 for a side), complete the gustatory experience. With clean plates and cleaner fingers, diners can opt to leave their booths and venture over to the on-site Break Room Billiards location, which boasts 11 pool tables, five electronic dartboards that keep score automatically, and a complete absence of the incessant phone ringing that plagues most call-center game rooms.