A work free smoke place




413 NW 21st.
Portland OR. 97209


Sun-Thurs: 11:30am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 11:30am-Close
Daily Happy Hour: 3pm-6pm

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Smokehouse 21

Smokehouse 21 rubs and smokes a variety of barbecued fish, fowl, pig, lamb and cow. All of our meat and vegetables are sourced from local butchers and farmers, and the buns for our sandwiches come from Ken’s Artisan Bakery, right here in Portland.

All of our meat is served dry, so you determine which, if any, sauce you want and how much of it to use. Barbecue sauces include Classic and Spicy (Texan-style) or Spicy Vinegar and Mustard (Carolina-style). Each plate is paired with your choice of two sides, every sandwich with one. And everything comes with wet naps and extra napkins (trust us: you’ll want ‘em).

Jerky: Fish-Style

You’re probably already in the know, but we’ve been doing jerky—fish jerky—for quite a while now.

It’s tough, but not too tough. And it’s also a great snack to share while you sip your craft beer and wait for the main event.

Here’s how it works. We cure individual steelhead in some salty molasses for at least 24 and sometimes 48 hours before giving each one a 4-hour smoke.

Each one come out pretty dry, but to make sure our jerky’s jerky, we put ‘em on drying racks for another two days before delivering them to your table.

In all, that little dish you’re sharing—or hogging—can take up to a week to make.

But, as you’ve been telling us over and over again, your mouth thinks all that prep’s worth it.

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B.J. Smith
Top Chef Season 14
Owner and Executive Chef
Smokehouse Tavern, Smokehouse Provisions, Kim Jong Smokehouse

B.J. Smith brings more than two decades of culinary experience to his role, applying both classic and modern cooking techniques to high quality ingredients provided by local farmers. His love of cooking brought him to the former Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon where he graduated in 1997. Post graduation life led him to the kitchens of nationally acclaimed restaurants: Le Bernardin and Gotham Bar and Grill in New York City, Citrus in Los Angeles and Paley's Place, Veritable Quandary and Olea Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. Smith conceived of Smokehouse in 2010 as a way to apply all he had learned in his fine dining cooking career, but deliver an approachable menu where guests can get their hands dirty and reminisce over food as though at a good friend’s BBQ. 



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