After 15+ years of cooking and catering professionally, Smoky Bro decided the time was right to work for himself. In the summer of 2010, with help from a welder friend, he designed and built a massive, commercial-grade smoker; six feet long and six feet tall, weighing in at over 700 pounds.
Debuting at the Cummington Fair, Smoky Bro’s BBQ was an immediate hit. The slow-smoked meats and homemade sides won more fans at local events like Cider Days and Moonlight Magic. After taking the winter off to get married, Bro and his wife (they met at a backyard barbecue) opened for business in May, along the historic Mohawk Trail.
Operating out of a pop-up tent, coolers, and camp cookstove, with two picnic tables in a field, they wheeled out the smoker every weekend, all summer and fall, feeding locals and tourists alike. Despite the humble setting, they soon developed a devoted following of regular customers. Enduring torrential rains, Hurricane Irene, and a freak October blizzard, they managed to survive the season and establish themselves as purveyors of high-quality food.
The following year, they moved into a small building at the same location, expanded the menu, and enjoyed the benefits of having a real kitchen with water, electricity, and a roof. The meat is still cooked outside in the smoker, slow and low over apple wood, hickory, and oak, with no gas or electricity involved whatsoever. All sides and sauces are homemade fresh daily, using local produce whenever possible.
We’re still only open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (plus holiday Mondays) from early May til late October. We still do everything ourselves, so if we’re catering a party or doing an event we may be closed on the Trail (call or check the website or facebook to be sure). Whether you’re a hardcore BBQ expert or just a lover of good food at a good price, we’ve got you covered. Hope to see you soon!