January 11, 2010

Hot Buffalo-style Chicken Wings of Flagstaff: The Smokehouse

The Smokehouse is home to this installment of Hot Buffalo-style Chicken Wings of Flagstaff.
The Smokehouse used to be a favorite of mine for bbq when they were a small little shop based in a trailer outside The Museum Club. But when they moved to their new location in a strip mall with sit down dining, things changed. I've gone back a few times to give them a chance and work out those kinks but I haven't been happy with their food.

The Smokehouse
3510 E. Route 66
website (but no current menu) at: simplythebestbbq.com 

The Smokehouse wings are ok but nothing special. They're really dried out tasting (sadly like the other things I've gotten here lately). They taste a little generic - coated and fried then served tossed in sauce. The sauces are the best thing about The Smokehouse. They're homemade and lean towards sweet more than spicy. There are four sauces on the menu at The Smokehouse. Here's a look at how they stack up:
Honey BBQ- This is realy sweet and syrupy not too barbecue tasting.
Habenero Hell- Surprisingly not as spicy as the name implies. Heavy on the vinegar flavor for a super tangy wing
Honey Mustard- Very sweet and syrupy with only a hint of mustard flavor. The kids will like this one. Mine licked it off their plates but refused to eat the actual wing.
All in all I'm disappointed that The Smokehouse is a far cry from its successful, moist, flavorful tasty  roots. They were among my fav Flag bbq joints, but no longer. Not sure if I'll be going back unless I hear they're changing back to their old ways.

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