Some people know a good thing when they see it. That is exactly what happened four years ago when Phil Canup, Lisa Reading and Steven Pender combined a love for quality food and good business sense to buy out Beale St. Smokehouse BBQ from the previous owner and their employer. Located at 2461 North Road in Fenton, Bleale Street is tucked discreetly on the side of a local gas station. Yes, I said it. On the side of a gas station. Or to quote Phil, “We tried to hide behind a gas station but people found us anyway!”
No matter where Beale St. is located, you only need to follow the literally mouthwatering aroma of Memphis style barbecue beckoning you from the two large smokers out back. Not surprisingly, one of the most popular dishes, the ribs, starts with quality product brought in from the Chicago Meat Authority. Once they are done, the meat has a distinctive red hue, known as the “smoke line”. Yet another sign of quality.
Pork and Brisket are dry rubbed, and as any BBQ aficionado knows, done “slow and low”. That is, low heat for 13 to 18 hours. Personally, I love my barbecue dry, but if you like sauces, you have three homemade recipes to choose from. There is Beale St. Sweet, House, and a contest winner, Beale St. Heat. Even better, you can take a 16 oz. bottle of your favorite home for $4.99 and discount refills.
In addition to the choice meats, Beale St. offers offers sides that you won’t forget: Smoky baked beans, red beans and rice, roasted apples, potato salad, sweet potato fries with maple cinnamon dust and my favorite, coleslaw that bites you back.
Michigan craft beers and an impressive selection of B Nektar Mead headline at the bar.
The Beale St. experience does not begin or end with food. Beale St. is a welcoming, casual atmosphere for all ages. If you are dining on a Friday or Saturday night, you will experience some of the finest live Blues musicians the area has to offer. “Like” Beale St. Smokehouse on Facebook to see monthly updates for the line up or
visit the newly revamped website BealeStSmokehouse.com in about a month.
About mid May, Beale St. will be opening a second location for carry out and catering of the same name in Hartland at the NW corner of Old 23 and M-59.
Beale St. Smokehouse BBQ
2461 North Road
F & Sat 11am-10pm ***Live music 7pm-10pm*** Come Early!