Holy Smoke! – What Brussels needed! – Texas-style BBQ in St Gilles

Beef brisket and pulled pork is just what Brussels needed; a Texas BBQ place where no vegetarian
would set foot in, where you can enjoy meat with that unique smoky taste along
with a homemade barbecue sauce and enjoy along with a cold lager.

It’s difficult to say how to categorize Holy Smoke, as the furniture looks like a place where you could
take your parents on a “fancy” night out, whereas the food is just perfect for
a great evening with friends. Food is served on the typical BBQ-tray, but you
have napkins and fancy plates. Maybe it is just the perfect mix?! It’s a great
spot; not too loud not too quiet, easy going and friendly people.
We didn’t have to think too long what to order and went straight for
the mixed platter with brisket, ribs,
pulled pork and a lemon-fennel stuffed sausage, a piece of corn bread,
potatoes, homemade zucchini pickles, coleslaw salad and baked turnip
. The
brisket was falling apart, melting in your mouth – my favorite. The pulled pork
was tender (could’ve been even more for my taste) – Julia’s favorite – and the
pork ribs were juicy, delicate and falling of the bone – Lara’s favorite.
Kilian, the only guy amongst our little group, was a fan of the brisket as well,
but was basically a fan of everything. The meat here is not just meat. It’s
high quality produce from France and the US. It’s special American cuts all
slow cooked in a smoker that the owners Gabriel and Agathe imported straight
from Dallas. They studied the art of smoking beef in Texas for quite a while,
before fulfilling their dream and opening their own place here in Brussels.
Both Parisians, (Not Paris, Texas, though) the art of cuisine is in their blood
and you can feel this. Also worth mentioning is the loaded Nachos that we
ordered as a starter: a huge pile of Nachos with a remarkable amount of sour
cream, guacamole, cheese, jalapenos and pulled beef and pork on top. Although
very delicious, together with the Meat
platter and an extra dish of beef
it was a lot.
In case you’re thirsty, there’s an exhaustive variety of Whisky’s to
order from and Agathe is happy to give advice on those and to find the perfect
match for you. We tried a Bourbon and one Whisky based on Rye, oh man I slept
well that night.

Did I like it? I certainly did! The only small minus was the side
dishes. They were nothing really special: the potatoes being a bit too oily and
the coleslaw salad lacked a bit of dressing or should’ve been kept in it a bit
longer to soak in the flavor. Also, but that’s my personal taste, I’d like to
see a BBQ sauce on the table that’s more intense, more smoky with a stronger
taste of whisky. Will I be back? Oh, yes, if possible next week. What about the
price? I think the price is fair! I left the place with a bill of 32 Euro,
including a shared starter, a remarkable amount of meat, a beer and a Whisky.
That’s quite fair, isn’t it?

Good to know: The crew is very nice and responsive in terms of
bookings. Just be aware that 50% of the seats can be reserved each night and
the other half is up for grabs, first-come-first-serve.

Price: Around 25 Euro for a dinner with drinks

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