HUNTINGTON - Few cuisines inspire as ardent fandom as barbecue with restaurateurs, competitive cooks and backyard enthusiasts all trying to perfect their recipes. There is a wide variety of styles ranging from Memphis to Kansas City to various styles in Texas and the Carolinas.
Located across the street from Midway West Drive-In, Holy Smoke BBQ is small takeout barbecue shop that offers comfort food and a whole lot of charm. Opening in October 2018, the restaurant is co-owned by Ron and Denise Kilgore. The two also own a catering company called Our Daily Bread.
"I've been in the food business for 35 years, mostly on the production side," Ron Kilgore said. "I was a general manager at Ballard's Sausage when it burned down - it continued for two years before the business was sold. I went to Syracuse, New York, as a manager at a plant, and it didn't work out, so I went home. We just sort of fell into this. We bought out a partner last year at an existing restaurant and opened our own restaurant in October," he said. "We want to do more than barbecue. In the winter time we're doing different soups. We're doing chicken and dumplings. We have different specials like Meatloaf Monday, Taco Tuesday and Wing Wednesday. We also have flatbread sandwiches that are doing very well as well as wraps and salads."
Holy Smoke BBQ uses a Memphis dry rub for its barbecue, served with a variety of special sauces on the side.
"We have our main sauce, which we call an Awesome Sauce, which is a tomato-based sauce - which is a thicker sauce that's more of a Kansas City style," Ron Kilgore said. "We have a number of different influences. The brisket we serve is more of a Texas-style recipe which is really, really good."
The restaurant offers a pulled pork sandwich ($4.99), a brisket sandwich ($6.99), and a pulled chicken sandwich ($4.99). There is also a house-made smoked sausage sandwich ($6.50) made with smoked bratwurst, peppers, onions, beer cheese and a choice of sauerkraut. Another option is the brisket Philly ($8.99) featuring barbecue brisket, peppers, onions and American cheese. Baby back ribs are $12.50 for a half-rack and $24 for a full rack. You can also get a sampler platter with three meats and two sides for $16.99. Pork, brisket, chicken and a number of sides are for sale by the pound for anyone looking to bring some to a picnic or party.
"We do a lot of catering. We have a catering company called Our Daily Bread. We can do anything from Italian to Mexican, from comfort foods to finger foods. My wife Denise is probably one of the best cooks you'll ever meet," Ron Kilgore said. "We also do desserts. We do a lot of brownie and cookie trays. We sell creme de mint brownies, and we sometimes have seasonal desserts like pumpkin rolls at the store."
Holy Smoke BBQ and Comfort Foods is located at 585 5th St. W. in Huntington. It is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For carryout orders or catering options call 304-525-7500. For a full menu and more information visit: https://www.holysmokebbqhouse.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/holysmokebbq.catering/.
If you go: Holy Smoke BBQ and Comfort Foods
TYPE: Barbecue, comfort food
ADDRESS: 585 5th St. W., Huntington
HOURS:11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday
PAYMENT ACCEPTED: Cash and all major credit cards