BBQ is one of those all American food staples, along with Fried Chicken, Burgers and Apple Pie. Now when I mean BBQ, I’m talking the REAL deal, slow smoked meats, great sauces, and lots of napkins.
It’s a craving that I get on a regular basis, the need for succulent barbequed meat, especially pulled pork, which is hands down my favorite. Located in a strip mall off of Hwy 111 a couple doors down from 7-11 in Palm Desert, I have found my go to BBQ place in the Coachella Valley, Smoke Tree BBQ Bar & Grill. The location doesn’t exactly stand out. You almost have to know that it’s there, but once you do, you’ll be going back repeatedly.
Owned by restaurateur Joe Funkey, the restaurant is one of two locations. The other and original, is located in the Smoke Tree Shopping Center in Palm Springs.
The restaurants seating is comfortable, with a sort of a country industrial feel. The bar seems to be the focal point with ample seating. Where draft beer, bottled beer and wine are served. A large chalk board hovers over the bar area, presenting the menu offerings.
Besides my beloved Carolina Smoked Pulled Pork, Smoke Tree BBQ has many other menu items that will perk up your taste buds. Items such as their Beef Brisket, Burnt Ends, Smoked Chicken and Angus Prime Beef Ribs are BBQ fan pleasers. They also have Burgers and Po’Boys, as well as Salads to round off the menu. But let’s not be coy, their BBQ is the star. Sides such as cheesier than cheesy Mac n Cheese and Cornmeal Fried Okra, among others are set up to compliment your meal.
And if you like a little sauce to go on your BBQ, Smoke Tree delivers with homemade masterpieces like their Ghost Pepper BBQ Sauce (my fave).
Face it, theirs is nothing like the sweet and savory taste and smell of phenomenal BBQ. Smoke Tree BBQ Bar & Grill has hit the proverbial BBQ nail on the head with their food, and a visit there will certainly rate high as the best BBQ you’ve ever had.
Indoor/Outdoor Seating, CC accepted, Beer/Wine $+
Opened Mon-Sat 11am to 9pm
Smoke Tree BBQ Bar & Grill Palm Desert is located at 73-850 Hwy 111, 92260
Smoke Tree BBQ Bar & Grill Palm Springs is located at 1775 E. Palm Canyon Dr., 92264