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Beware Of Imposters!

It has been said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. If this is the case, Smoky Jon’s has been flooded with flattery. Over the years other area caterers and restaurants have tried to copy our menus, our colors, our on-site catering presentations, and many other of our signature nuances. Some have imposed additional charges to their base menu prices which mislead the customer to believe they were receiving “bargain pricing” until they received their total bill. Others offer low price, low quality, small portion, poor presentation BBQ that is also no bargain. Some operations operate with no tangible, permanent business facilities as part-time caterers. One company has gone so far as to advertise their “special BBQ sauce” as the secret to their great pig roasts. Smoky Jon’s won 1st place in Whole Hog and Best Sauce at the National Pig Roasting Championships and 2nd place there, two years prior to that. Smoky Jon’s BBQ Sauce has won many World and National BBQ competitions all over the country.

New companies start up from nowhere, with no accomplishments, and “self-title” themselves as Madison’s Best? We have even had other companies use part of our business name with hopes of misleading the consumer that they were us! Other companies advertise catering very large functions, when in fact the majority has never done any large functions. Many companies serve boiled or baked BBQ, trying to pass it off as “Real Wood Cooked BBQ.”

These are only a few of the misrepresentations to the public from some of the restaurant and catering businesses over the years. Smoky Jon’s has seen many of these businesses come and go over the last 30 years. Yet new ones surface (from nowhere) and use many of these same tactics again.

In summary, I just wish that all the companies would be honest and straight-forward about who they are and what they can offer you, based on the actual hands-on experience they have when they make their offerings to you the customer. Don’t misrepresent the actual experiences and skills you do have and go out and earn them with hard work, diligence, originality, and honesty.

There is only one Smoky Jon’s. If you have your heart set on a truly great BBQ event, please don’t settle for less! Remember, you can only get a Smoky Jon’s BBQ event from Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ. Beware of imposters and thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely Yours

“Smoky” Jon

Smoky Jon's #1 BBQ

Smoky Jon's #1 BBQ

Smoky Jon's #1 BBQ

Paige Petska
Paige Petska
10:20 26 Oct 21
Food and service were excellent.
Ryan Culver
Ryan Culver
00:20 25 Oct 21
Teng Moua
Teng Moua
17:17 23 Oct 21
The BBQ beans was delicious. The beef brisket was tender. I would recommend for others to try.
Paul Ginter
Paul Ginter
17:01 23 Oct 21
Don't move the tables.
Kiel Kivisto
Kiel Kivisto
15:58 19 Oct 21
Great BBQ! The sauce is fantastic!
bmwrickster Peterson
bmwrickster Peterson
00:28 16 Oct 21
This is the best place ever the workers are great the managers awesome
Jonathan Quiello
Jonathan Quiello
19:19 14 Oct 21
Found this place at the end of our Vacation in Wisconsin. The only disappointment I had was that we found it at the end. I would have visited several times more if I had known. Definitely a must do for next time we are here.
Matt Patchett
Matt Patchett
17:30 11 Oct 21
Some of the best BBQ I've ever had. Really enjoyed the brisket.
Linnea Sandlin
Linnea Sandlin
01:38 11 Oct 21
Great food..
Liz Rake
Liz Rake
01:09 08 Oct 21
Will
Will
23:25 07 Oct 21
Favorite BBQ place.
Brian Hunt
Brian Hunt
17:41 07 Oct 21
Kelly Lueck
Kelly Lueck
01:16 06 Oct 21
Tony Sericati
Tony Sericati
18:01 04 Oct 21
They say they are the best BBQ in Wisconsin and they back it up. The ribs nealy fell right off the bone and the sauce was exquisite with a nice kick. The sides also had great flavor.
Tyler Wood
Tyler Wood
23:25 01 Oct 21
Dan O'Connell
Dan O'Connell
19:02 29 Sep 21
Very casual space with very good food to eat in or take out.
Todd Audetat
Todd Audetat
22:53 15 Sep 21
hellorachel
hellorachel
18:57 15 Sep 21
delicious food, kind staff, short wait time. one of my favorite bbq places in madison!
Sebastian Diaz Zuleta
Sebastian Diaz Zuleta
01:24 12 Sep 21
Connie Williams
Connie Williams
21:06 10 Sep 21
Jonathan Lynn
Jonathan Lynn
20:14 09 Sep 21
Loved the bbq here. Bought some to take home!
mark jones
mark jones
19:30 09 Sep 21
Best BBQ hands down. Need to offer online access to the sauce they sell.
Jason DeNoble
Jason DeNoble
23:40 08 Sep 21
The brisket was pulverized and smothered in sweet BBQ sauce.
Lisa Musch
Lisa Musch
02:12 07 Sep 21
Erik Cadogan
Erik Cadogan
22:43 06 Sep 21
This place does not mess around with their barbecue!!! I got the brisket platter and it did not disappoint, I even grabbed a bottle of their multiple award winning BBQ sauce,. I can not wait to use it on my own brisket. Check this place out,I passed it up twice before I finally stopped in and I am a better person after my experience!
Amy Wiess
Amy Wiess
23:23 04 Sep 21
Great food, staff and atmosphere. I'll definitely return in the future
Limesmile2
Limesmile2
18:08 04 Sep 21
My bud living out of town, got his dream job in Alaska. He drove 5hrs down to WI where he had a DAY to say good bye to family/friends. He called in ahead and picked it up a tons of food from here. This place was his FIRST stop. He THEN came to visit us, insisting we all taste this BBQ as it was the main reason for the drive.This food is good. They know their BBQ. I'm picky with potato salad too, I annihilated it. The meat is tender, not rough or dry. The BBQ sauce is good flavor over spice. My bud is now in Alaska but I like to think this place and their food got him prepared to adventure in the wilderness. Thank you Smoky Jon's!
Ashley Griffin
Ashley Griffin
04:11 02 Sep 21
Went here mostly for the shakers of seasoning. It is seriously delicious on all kinds of veggies. Grabbed a lunch plate since I was there. Frieldnly staff, quick service, clean environment.
Tina Smith
Tina Smith
17:07 31 Aug 21
Very good food a little pricey but was great food quality... I would go back.. brisket was delicious sauce was great the waitress was awesome she gave us an a couple ideas we went with it we tried mixing the macaroni and cheese in the corn together it was phenomenal it's a must try....
triplecandfamily
triplecandfamily
03:15 28 Aug 21
I had the Smoked chopped pork sandwich platter on my first visit. The pork was what you would expect from a place like this, smokey, tender and full of flavor. For my sides I chose their creamy coleslaw and golden fries. The coleslaw was fantastic by itself but the real move is putting it on your sandwich and then slathering it in their amazingly tangy bbq sauce that you get a warm side of. Their sauce is glorious on the fries as well so get an extra cup or you might as well buy a whole bottle to take home since you have that option. I will return.
Nicole Millman
Nicole Millman
01:04 28 Aug 21
Fantastic food and service
Charlie Lentz
Charlie Lentz
21:57 26 Aug 21
Great service and amazing BBQ
Zach Blair
Zach Blair
01:47 25 Aug 21
Still the best BBQ on the Northside! Don't believe the hype about that other BBQ place....Food is tasty and the portions are generous for the price point. Staff is friendly and responsive.
Alicia Berg
Alicia Berg
23:03 22 Aug 21
Smokey Jon’s is truly the best BBQ I’ve ever had. We have been loyal customers for 30 years or so. The smoky tender meat falls off the bone and the sauce is sweet and spicy. You can pick up their sauce in store or at Hy-Vee Grocery. Great on everything!!
Katie Patt
Katie Patt
22:14 21 Aug 21
Susan McNamara
Susan McNamara
18:08 21 Aug 21
Best BBQ I have had in a real-long time!
Matt E
Matt E
14:03 16 Aug 21
Really amazing bbq! Loved the brisket sandwich with that tasty sauce.
Ian Simmons
Ian Simmons
19:43 11 Aug 21
Blaise Wood
Blaise Wood
22:37 08 Aug 21
Leon Moore
Leon Moore
19:56 08 Aug 21
I had the beef brisket Sandwich... It was good...the fries were excellent... Big steak fries perfectly done to a nice golden brown ... The baked beens were very good...smokey with a little spicy kick...the brisket was chopped/pulled very fine...a little too mushy...I tend to like mine a little more course...I tasted the brisket before adding sauce...it was a little light on smoke flavor...I was hoping for something a little more bold... But the house BBQ sauce was great and made up for the lack of smoke...I will definitely go back... But next time I'll try the brisket dinner and have it slabbed instead of chopped/pulled...I think I'll like that better...all in all the dinner was good and worth going back!
Joel Wood
Joel Wood
18:58 06 Aug 21
You only get one type of sauce, but that sauce was the only one you need.
James Leto
James Leto
23:08 05 Aug 21
The food can be better but the people and the atmosphere is good
Mike Casey
Mike Casey
18:38 05 Aug 21
These ribs #1 and their staff never fails to make me laugh! Bring back the t-shirts, I want one so bad.
Josh Johnston
Josh Johnston
18:00 05 Aug 21
Smokey Jon's is a Madison institution. Friendly staff, easy going homey atmosphere, and unbelievably good BBQ. You can't go wrong with ribs or brisket but anything you order will be delicious, free refills on soda if you buy a dinner. For sides the beans are out of this world, but the corn... oh the corn! Wear strechy pants, and have someone else drive, its on!