The Sweet Smells of Smokehouse Deli

August 27, 2007 at 4:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I am ashamed to admit that I have lived near 48th and Highway 2 for over three years, but it wasn’t until Saturday that I first visited Smokehouse Deli (between Cappy’s and Midwest Seafood). I will go back. Soon.

I was hungry after reffing two youth soccer matches, and I needed something to fill my belly because I had two more soccer matches to ref later that evening. Barbecue sounded good, so I narrowed my choices to Paul’s (48th and Pioneers) or Smokehouse Deli. I’m normally hesitant to try anything new—especially when my other option is as tasty as Paul’s—but on Saturday I was in the right mood, I guess.

The moment I walked in the door I knew I was in the right place. One smell told me all I needed to know: I was going to like this place. I was feeling indecisive, so I asked the woman behind the counter what I should order. She didn’t completely bail me out, but when she pointed to a tasty looking rack of ribs, I took the bait. There was no way I could finish 14 bones, but I figured I’d have the rest on Sunday. When I told the woman I had never been to Smokehouse Deli before, she tossed in 3 smoked wings for free. Add in a few containers of their whiskey bbq sauce and a half-pint of beans and I was good to go.

When I got home I tore into the meal with enthusiasm, and boy oh boy it was just as good as the smells had promised. I can’t believe I have lived so close to something so delicious for over three years and I’ve only once taken advantage. Shame shame.

Smokehouse Deli is primarily a take-out joint, so don’t go in expecting to hang out there. Get your grub and go. Oh, I also asked if they do good business on Husker game days. They do. So good, in fact, that they recommend getting your order in by Tuesday to ensure that they’ll be able to cover your order. The first Husker game is this weekend. Why don’t you give them a call at 420-7675 and taste their meats for yourself?

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foxspit August 27, 2007 at 5:40pm

My friend had Smokehouse Deli cater his wedding reception and the food was nothing short of spectacular.

In fact, a few days later I helped him install a new picture window (do they still call them that?) in his house and for lunch we had leftover grilled boneless chicken breasts with bacon (shout out to BeerorKid) on Panera tomato basil bread and to this day it’s one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had.

beerorkid August 27, 2007 at 10:27pm

man I wish the missus liked BBQ.

Mr. T August 27, 2007 at 11:07pm

That was nice of her to do that. Generous gestures like that are definitely pretty classy.

foxspit August 27, 2007 at 11:08pm

If I’m not mistaken, the people who started Smokehouse Deli were in some way connected to the Watering Hole. If you’ve had the grilled boneless breasts at the Hole, you should have an idea of what they are like at the Smokehouse Deli. Don’t know who runs things now, may be different people altogether.

beerorkid August 27, 2007 at 11:13pm

yup the orig owner started smokehouse deli after he sold the hole to that one dude.

Pretty sure abou that.

Also I have the recipe for the holes wings, mmmmmmmm Actually used the main ingredient today at lunch.

beerorkid August 27, 2007 at 11:14pm

ummmmmmm so they smoke the meats there?

Do they have bacon?

oh man.

Mr. T August 27, 2007 at 11:18pm

So does this mean you will share the holes’ wing recipe? They are darn tasty.

I actually make my own wings very often - just add salt or seasoning, bake em for 35 minutes at 400, and add the sauce of my choice.

beerorkid August 27, 2007 at 11:25pm

not sure if I should here

boomer August 28, 2007 at 1:38am

When you were at Smokehouse did you happen to pick up a take out menu?  I used to have one, but misplaced it.  I remember it listed the daily specials on it, one night was wings, etc.  Could you post those? That place is good, what did you think of the smoked wings?  I’ve only had them once, they were tasty.

foxspit August 28, 2007 at 2:20am

I make my own wings too. I bake them too. It’s surprising how long you have to bake them to get them good and crispy.

Now I’m going to have do a Smokehouse Deli run after payday.

foxspit August 28, 2007 at 4:03am

Speaking of Hole recipes, does anyone know how to make the Watering Hole’s secret mayo? I’ve been trying to re-create it for a couple of years and I can’t figure it out. It’s the one they serve with their Swiss mushroom chicken sandwich. Delicious!

Mr. T August 28, 2007 at 3:22pm

Secret mayo recipe? Sorry never had that sandwich there so can’t help out. I don’t think BorK likes mayo either

beerorkid August 28, 2007 at 3:25pm

I tried the red pepper mayo that comes with the club sammich at Duggan’s and it was awesome.  I am a sucker for red pepper.

We made our own mayo back when trying to find a ranch the lady friend liked.  The packet of hidden valley won BTW.

I have worked food service long enough to be very frightened of mayo.  It turns clear and hard after a bit in the cold table, but just mix it up and it is good to go.  Blech…

Mr. Wilson September 4, 2007 at 6:48pm

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