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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

TJ Ingleby
TJ Ingleby
01:48 21 May 22
Went here on a whim while driving through the area. The outside is unassuming but don’t let that deter you because you won’t regret it! The service was incredibly friendly and they brought out some real good bbq. Putting this on our recommendations list! 11/10 would come here again.
Wil McDowell
Wil McDowell
00:34 21 May 22
Long live Smoky Jon’s! That grill master they got back there has got some talent. Says he’s been doing it 23 years. That’s a national treasure if you ask me :)Best BBQ in Madison, possibly in Wisconsin. I haven’t traveled enough around here yet to know. The ribs are probably the best I’ve ever had.
Titus Miller
Titus Miller
21:10 19 May 22
Koala Bear
Koala Bear
23:56 12 May 22
Keenan Cox
Keenan Cox
19:21 07 May 22
Delicious
Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
18:56 03 May 22
Best BBQ in town!!
Yonatan Mintz
Yonatan Mintz
13:46 01 May 22
Robert Paramore
Robert Paramore
18:32 30 Apr 22
Excellent BBQ awesome Pork Ribs and Chopped Brisket.
Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith
19:16 29 Apr 22
Some of the best BBQ around. They have a ton of awards and I can see why. The brisket was done to perfection. Tender and juicy the sauce was not to sweet or spicy. We will be back!
Nick Perron
Nick Perron
17:03 28 Apr 22
Had the 1/3 slab and brisket sandwich combo. It was fire. Can’t wait to come again
Nathaniel Hope
Nathaniel Hope
20:22 24 Apr 22
Our favorite barbecue place in Madison. The food is always consistently good. The staff are always friendly.
Chris Mathison
Chris Mathison
17:05 21 Apr 22
A little slice of magic on the northside. Been coming here all my life
Peter Smalley
Peter Smalley
22:42 16 Apr 22
This is the best barbecue in Madison, bar none. Why are you bothering with any place else? Sweet, tangy, spicy bbq sauce and tender meat smoked for hours and hours. No brew but I honestly didn't miss it, the meat and sauce were so good. Big portions, reasonable price, old-timey decor like a Texas roadhouse. Highly recommended.
Quincy Mechanic
Quincy Mechanic
00:11 13 Apr 22
Best sauce in the world!!
Jennifer Modena
Jennifer Modena
23:08 09 Apr 22
Really Really bbq spot. Very friendly staff.
Barry Joseph
Barry Joseph
00:11 07 Apr 22
Ribs were good, Mac n cheese was great. Will come back again.
Alyssa Campbell
Alyssa Campbell
12:55 05 Apr 22
Very good food. A little expensive but worth the money. Their BBQ sauce is also excellent 👌
Nancy Lopez
Nancy Lopez
21:01 04 Apr 22
Food was great!! Service was amazing!! Will definitely go back whenever I go back to that area.
Ben Payne
Ben Payne
03:07 02 Apr 22
Very pleased. For the amount of food given at the price listed on their menu, which as not changed since new ownership, you're getting an outstanding deal. I ordered mine as a tentative "to go" as I was meeting a friend after work but it was so delicious I could have finished off the (what I consider a large meal) in one sitting.Now I have to go explore the rest of the menu!
Daniel Krysztopa
Daniel Krysztopa
21:52 31 Mar 22
Probably the best bbq I've ever eaten 😌 The bbq sauce sweet but also spicy, delicious sandwiches and sides. Will be back :)
Darkest F-E-A-R
Darkest F-E-A-R
18:56 29 Mar 22
Family member likes coming here, ordered for me and I love it, so does my buddy. Sauce is perfect sweet, with a hint of spice. Brisket was juicy. Would bring the family here sometime. Hard to believe people hate it, but the truth is, everyone is different, like me and most americans, loving ketchup on fries, but my 20 year old daughter hates ketchup.
Wayne Shannon
Wayne Shannon
19:42 28 Mar 22
dan o
dan o
22:29 26 Mar 22
Hadn’t been to Smoky Jon’s in a few years, so happy we trekked in to the north side today. Staff was very friendly and helpful with ordering off the large menu. We had ribs and the shredded pork with sides….absolutely outstanding. Put together just right-no need to ask for more sauce and portions were perfect. Can’t say enough about the staff and the food. O and it smells awesome in this place. Didn’t try the brisket so maybe next time but it’s going to be hard to get off them ribs.RIP Jon.HIGHly recommend.
Jared Larson
Jared Larson
15:14 26 Mar 22
I was fortunate enough in 2014 to drive past Smoky Jon's on my way to work, it just so happens I have relatives that live near Madison where I was working out of town( I am from MN) at the time. My friend and I bought $100 worth of food... We went back the next day and spent even more!! Absolutely one of the best BBQ places in all of my travels anyways! The original barbecue sauce is absolutely AWESOME!! I literally put it on almost everything! I have just received my second case(12 bottles each) in two years lol!I would STRONGLY suggest you give Smoky Jon's a try if your in the Madison area!!
최유준
최유준
20:57 25 Mar 22
매디슨 넘버원 바베큐라 할만하다.맛과 가성비 모두 굿굿!직접 가서 먹는 게 투고보다 2배 정도 더 맛있다:)
Peggy Kettunen
Peggy Kettunen
17:37 24 Mar 22
Good food
Mary Beth
Mary Beth
01:58 19 Mar 22
Comanche Chad
Comanche Chad
17:20 13 Mar 22
I travel throughout the US and go to a lot of bbq places, preferably the hole in the walls and not the bbq chains. At this time the ribs and brisket sandwich was both dry. Half the ribs was not edible, to hard. The sides were ok. The service was great 👍the gentleman who brought me my food was awesome. I will give it another try next week. I will update.
Jkobski
Jkobski
17:39 10 Mar 22
Pulling up to this place with the family, I was a bit skeptical. The location isn't fantastic and overall, it looked a bit dive-y. The staff is very energetic and stand behind the restaurant and all they do, which is a good vouch for the company, however, it can be a bit abrasive while trying to have a meal with my family that I won't be seeing for months. I'm trying to eat, man. With my family...With all that being said, the food is MIND BLOWING. And I don't say that often. Not a huge BBQ guy. Not a huge meat guy. My mother got a burger, my wife got chicken, I got a brisket sandwich. Holy EFF! it was so good I have dreams about it. My brother and I both bought a bottle of sauce to take home and I'm rationing it like it's WWII.I will 100% be going back here. I past it to go to work twice a day. Love love love it. They deserve all the awards littered all over the walls. They deserve the title #1 BBQ. 🥇🏆🥇
Robert Nelson
Robert Nelson
00:18 09 Mar 22
Rhonda Kisting
Rhonda Kisting
03:30 06 Mar 22
Great Food. Great Flavor. Excellent Customer Service.
Carol Bolden
Carol Bolden
04:00 05 Mar 22
Chad Theis
Chad Theis
20:02 04 Mar 22
Kevin Kelley
Kevin Kelley
20:12 27 Feb 22
Food is amazing, everything our group tried, from the burger, chicken breast, fries, coleslaw, Mac and cheese were all amazing.I didn't expect the burger to be so good, but somehow it was.All the meat was very tender and flavorful.Finally somewhere that gives you enough sauce on the side.I even bought a couple bottles to take home.If I wasn't from out of town, I would definitely be a regular here.Prices are extremely reasonable as well.
Kevin Ames
Kevin Ames
13:56 23 Feb 22
Best Sauce. Hands down.
Rick Hong
Rick Hong
04:51 20 Feb 22
The food and service was excellent.
B42indep
B42indep
21:45 19 Feb 22
Great food with small portions. Order a half chicken instead of the breast sandwich!
Brittany Thielen
Brittany Thielen
01:42 13 Feb 22
Delicious! My first BBQ experience after being vegetarian for 15 years. Staff was super nice. Got a bottle of sauce to take home too.
brandon smith
brandon smith
13:26 02 Feb 22
Amazing 2nd best ribs I have had. Beans were too notch
Aaron Anderson
Aaron Anderson
03:03 31 Jan 22
Staff was friendly and engaging, food was delicious! Not terribly priced, certainly outperforms it's weight class relative to the look on the outside! Would HIGHLY recommend.
Bill Kowalski
Bill Kowalski
00:30 30 Jan 22
Soo good!
Darren Thiel
Darren Thiel
22:25 29 Jan 22
Great staple of Madison BBQ, can't go wrong with anything you order, fantastic sauce on the great ribs.