Salt Lick Smokehouse

Last night we had the lovely pleasure of being invited out for dinner by our friends Tom and Christina. They convinced us to try a local smokehouse here in Hamilton, Ontario. If you ever want to check it out, they are located at 282 James Street North! They specialise in smoked meats and barbecue. For me it seemed like they had a southern influence in their food, it’s real comfort food. From their fried chicken drumsticks to their smokey mac’n cheese. Their menu is interesting for the fact that you order for your whole table, you share everything. Their dinner menu is the following:

3 Meats 2 Sides $24
4 Meats 2 Sides $29
5 Meats 2 Sides $33

You can check out their entire menu here:

They also have some amazing craft beers available, which compliment the smoked meats so well. We ended up ordering two orders of the southern fried chicken (they ended up running out), the brisket and the Korean beef ribs. With sides of their coleslaw and mac’n cheese. As I mentioned before they did end up running a bit short on the southern fried chicken because they get insanely busy. However they did try making up for it by giving us some of their biscuits. I think it would be wise to make reservations ahead of time, they do get a lot of walk ins. We did have to wait quite a bit for our food to arrive but it was understandable because they did have a huge family gathering of about 12 or more people.

To the left is the Korean beef ribs, to the top is the biscuits, to the bottom is the southern fried drumsticks, then to the very right is the coleslaw.

The food made up for it though! The Korean beef ribs were seasoned so well and in good bite size pieces. The brisket was a bit hard to eat because they are long pieces and unfortunately we didn’t receive any knives to cut our food with so that was a bit challenging. It did have a great smokey taste to it and the BBQ sauce that was drizzled on top suited it very well..gave it a subtle sweetness. I did get a couple pieces that had a great deal of fat on it that was impossible to swallow. I feel that the southern chicken drumsticks made up for that experience, it was the best chicken I have had in a while. The crispiness of the outer coating was out of this world. The meat was nice and tender, very tasty and enjoyable. It didn’t stop there! the sides had some twists too!

Top left is the mac’n cheese, below is the brisket.

The mac’n cheese was very smokey in flavor and had chunks of meat in it (I’m guessing smoked brisket). It complimented the rest of the food very well. The coleslaw was different then the regular stuff you get everywhere else. It had a tang to it and was mildly spicy. I could get hints of apple cider vinegar on it but it had a subtle creaminess to it.

I have to say the food is better then Memphis Fire Barbecue Company (Located in Stoney Creek). If you want southern comfort food then you have to check this place out. Cost wise it was a little pricey but it was worth it, we ended up going home with leftovers. If I had to rate it out of 5, I would give it a 4.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. amynotdorft says:

    I’ve been wanting to try this place for a while. Since you were on James North, have you ever checked out Burlap and Twine? I know you shop at Lush and they are a little indie boutique with all-natural bath and body products.

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    1. I don’t really get a chance to go downtown that often. I for sure want to check it out now! 🙂 I’ll have to make a trip down there soon.

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