Smoke Et Al

BBQ. Arguments abound on whose is the best.

For a long time, there wasn’t any BBQ in Nashville that I even bothered to eat. Then along came Martin’s BBQ out in Nolensville. It’s a 30 minute trek from my house, but well worth it, as I extolled here.

And while I will continue to frequent Martin’s on occasion to get my BBQ fix (and satisfy my chicken wing craving- because their smoked chicken wings are insane!), there is now a new kid in town that doesn’t require such a long drive.


Smoked Chicken & Chorizo Taco, Beef n Biscuit, Apple & Cabbage Slaw

In fact, Smoke Et Al Mobile Smokery often sets up in two locations very near my house – Friedman’s Army Surplus and Elmington Park.  A 3 minute drive is much easier for me than a 30 minute one!

The food truck scene in Nashville is booming and I try my best to get out and sample as many of them as I can, but not all of them impress me. If you read about one here, it means that I really, really, really like it. Maybe even love a little.

That’s the case with Smoke Et Al. Their Twitter tagline, “Nashville’s only competition boutique BBQ, custom food truck, utilizing available local ingredients to offer unique & creative fare that’s beyond BBQ!”, pretty much says it all. High quality, interesting food, sourced locally as much as possible- all the things that I’m usually looking for in a meal.



Fried Pickled Okra with Bama White Sauce


Now, there are some specific items I need to mention. First is the chicken & chorizo taco I had a few weeks ago.

The shredded smoked chicken and Wedge Oak Farm chorizo were served on a toasted flour tortilla along with shredded romaine, Chihuahuan cheese, sliced radish, fresh jalapeno, house salsa fresco, cilantro, and cilantro sour cream. Hello. Seriously amazing. Like, I could eat one every day and never tire of it amazing.

Another impressive dish – the beef and biscuit (Bn’B), a herb cheddar biscuit that’s baked on the truck, piled high with smoked beef “machaca” (Mexican style shredded beef), a housemade Yazoo Brew Bells Bend Preservation ale mustard and pickled onions finished with smoked sea salt.

Probably my favorite dish of all, though, the one that I order each time I visit the truck, is the Fried Pickled Okra with Bama White Sauce.

Think you don’t like okra? Well, I challenge you to order this anyway. I’m 99.9% sure you’ll change your tune.



Smoked Brisket Tacos and Pickled Market Veggies


I’ll let you in on a little secret. I’ve got a strategy for ordering this okra, because I couldn’t eat a whole order by myself every time or I’d be as big as the side of their truck….

They always seem to have a healthier side as an option, so that’s what I order with my main dish. Two of my favorites have been the apple & cabbage slaw, a combo of red and green cabbage, three apples (Fuji, Cameo, Granny Smith) and beet greens in a sweet Southern mustard dressing, and the pickled market veggies- simple, tangy, crunchy, and delicious.

Then, I order my husband the fried okra and steal a couple of pieces when he isn’t looking. Good plan, right?

Now, take my advice and hunt these guys down. You won’t be disappointed.

Connect with them on Twitter, Facebook, and/or their website to keep up with where they’ll be from day to day!

7 Responses to “Smoke Et Al”

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    Vivek — March 19, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    Smoke Et Al is one of my favorite trucks too – the Wedge Oak Sampler (with hot ribs, headcheese, crispy pig ear, cracklins, pork belly, sausage, pork rinds, and Yazoo Sue mustard) is amazing.

    • Beth replied: — March 19th, 2012 @ 5:02 pm

      wow, that’s a lot of stuff! Haven’t tried it yet, but need to. Cracklins are calling my name ;-)

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    Kathleen Richardson — March 19, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    I’ve had fried okra and like it, but never “pickled”. Interesting combination — pickled and fried. Nashville is too far from NYS for me to look for their food truck. Maybe you could come up with a recipe.

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    Greg — March 19, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    I think Hog Heaven and Edley’s do decent BBQ too, but maybe not at the same level as Martin’s. Do love the Smoke et al truck though. Besides Mas Tacos, it’s the most consistently strong food I’ve had from a food truck here (that includes Grilled Cheeserie and Riffs, neither of which has wowed me). “Ham”burger’s delicious, and there really is something special about that okra.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — March 21, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

    Gah… they are so delicious!

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    Lacey — March 28, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Fried PIckled Okra? The south has now officially fried everything. That sounds amazing.

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    Larkin — May 20, 2012 @ 2:50 am

    Recent article on Shane’s food truck. Check out his web sight “Pignation”

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