When I get a craving for something, I become so singularly focused on satisfying it that I can’t let it go. It's recently BBQ that's gotten a hold on me, and until now, I haven't been able to find a spot in SF that compares to Everett & Jones in the East Bay.
I finally tried Smokin’ Warehouse, which opened last October, and am happy to report that I now have a go-to spot this side of the Bay. Smokin' Warehouse is nestled in an uber-industrial, loading-dock infested area of Bayview, but don't let the location dissuade you. Their 10-hour smoking process and melt-in your mouth brisket and pork ribs are well worth the trip.
After a brief perusal of the menu, which consists of platters, sandwiches, burgers, sides, breakfast items, and, if you’re really going for it, strictly meat—I decided on a combo platter of ribs and brisket, with potato salad and baked beans.
Chef/owner Bill Lee treats the meat to a brine and dry rub before sending it on a long trip in dual smokers stoked with fruitwood. The result is no-knife-necessary, perfectly tender meats with that divine smokiness that up until this point had eluded me in the city. The brisket comes slathered in a vinegary tomato sauce that also serves as a delicious dip for a thick slab of cornbread. The potato salad was mayonnaise-heavy but good, and the baked beans were, dear Lord, speckled with bits of pulled pork.
The place is no frills, just the way old school BBQ should - you're served through a small window and sent to devour the the goods at either a lone picnic table or in your car (bring napkins). Also, a brisket sandwich will run you under $8 and probably fill you up for the entirety of the day.
But alas, I could only get through about half of the platter. I got my free coke refill, packed up the leftovers and headed to my car with clothes smelling like beef smoke, happy at last.
Smokin’ Warehouse Barbecue, 1465 Carroll Avenuem, (415) 648-8881