Travelling back from Fayetteville, Georgia I saw a sign for Smoakies Bar-B-Que in Cordele. I pulled off I-75 South at Exit 102 and took a right towards downtown. The road deadended and I was fairly certain I had gone the wrong way. A quick call to the restaurant confirmed my suspicion and I headed back towards the highway.
With some quick directions I quickly found the restaurant. Smoakies is about a mile down the street on a spit of land that juts out between two roads. The sign that declares its presence is longer than the building and from the outside it looks like a small converted gas station.
However, as the saying goes you cannot judge a book by its cover, and Smoakies Bar B Que falls into this category. Smoakies is a mom and pop operation and upon entering I was warmly greeted. Their customer service was as sweet as their tea, and while chatting with the lady who manned the rear counter I looked over their menu. I ordered a 1/2 pound chopped pork sandwich, fries and a sweet tea.
I sat at a table and waited for my order. While I waited I sampled their sauces. There was a tomato based rib sauce (good), a spicy mustard based sauce (excellent) and a mild vinegar based sauce (good). As I was sampled their sauces the server/hostess brought me over a huge to go cup of sweet tea. I took a sip and it was sweet without being syrupy. Perfect.
A few moments later my order was ready and I was on my way towards the door. The lady who assisted me stuffed a large wad of napkins in my hand with a smile and told me I as going to need them to avoid getting sauce on my white dress shirt. I love South Georgia.
Before pulling out of the parking lot I opened up the paper sack. The pork sandwich was huge and wrapped in wax paper. It was doused with a good amount of sauce and I sampled the pork. It had an excellent smoked flavor and was very moist. A bite confirmed that it is some of the best chopped pork I’ve had in recent memory.
By the time I had eaten my sandwich (and amazingly avoided getting any sauce on me while driving) my fried were cold. I did not care as I had just devoured an excellent pork sandwich.
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