REVIEW: THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2019

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Welcome to an Outdoor Kitchen review for the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, taking place from March 6 to June 3, 2019. This review will focus on THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews, located at The American Adventure at the back of World Showcase. THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews first appeared at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in 2013, and returns for its seventh consecutive year in the festival in 2019. 

For our complete coverage of the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, head to our festival landing page at wdwnt.garden.

THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Menu for THE SMOKEHOUSE: Barbecue and Brews at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw (KA) – $6.75
  • 🆕 Shredded Beef Brisket with Smoked Potato, Chorizo Fondue and Green Tomato Relish – $6.50
  • Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle – $7.50
  • Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V) – $4.25

Beverages:

*Price per bottle is an average price of the spirit at your local liquor store.

Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw (KA) – $6.75

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival The Smokehouse Barbeque and Brews
Pulled Pig Slider with Coleslaw

You can ask for it without the coleslaw to make this sandwich one of the safest options of the festival for picky eaters. The pork is tender and flavorful.

🆕 Shredded Beef Brisket with Smoked Potato, Chorizo Fondue and Green Tomato Relish – $7.50

Rounding out this solid Outdoor Kitchen is the shredded beef brisket. Like the other brisket offered at this location, it’s smokey and nicely spiced. We recommend this dish!

Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle – $6.50

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival The Smokehouse Barbecue and Brews
Beef Brisket Burnt Ends and Smoked Pork Belly Slider with Garlic Sausage, Chorizo, Cheddar Fondue and House-made Pickle

We spoke at length with one of the chefs working at The Smokehouse, who enlightened us to the time and love put into creating this offering. What you get is a petite burger bun with pork belly, beef brisket, and melted cheese in the middle. On top is a pickle chip and sausage, both made (proudly) in-house. The quality really shows here across the entire dish. Don’t miss it!

Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans (V) – $4.25

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival The Smokehouse Barbecue and Brews
Warm Chocolate Cake with Bourbon-Salted Caramel Sauce and Spiced Pecans

It’s unbelievably good. Get this cake, split it with your family and friends, or better yet, save it for yourself to savor and enjoy. Served hot with a warm caramel glaze to pull the dish through, it’s one of the best desserts the festival has to offer.

Beer Flight: Central 28 Brewing Company Sunshine Greetings Orange Hibiscus Wheat Ale, DeBary, FL (4.7% ABV), 3 Daughters Brewing Phantasmas Spicy Double IPA, St. Petersburg, FL (8.8% ABV), Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL (9.2% ABV)

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival The Smokehouse Barbecue and Brews
Beer Flight: Central 28 Brewing Company Sunshine Greetings Orange Hibiscus Wheat Ale, DeBary, FL (4.7% ABV), 3 Daughters Brewing Phantasmas Spicy Double IPA, St. Petersburg, FL (8.8% ABV), Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL (9.2% ABV)

Three good beers that pair well with the barbecue items. Pick yourself up the flight and enjoy it with the pork belly slider.

Frozen Simply™ Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival The Smokehouse Barbecue and Brews
Frozen Simply™ Lemonade with Firefly Blackberry Moonshine

For the price, you get about 10 ounces of frozen lemonade with a healthy portion of blackberry moonshine. It’s a little overpriced for the size, but there’s a great tartness that is very refreshing.

Central 28 Brewing Company Sunshine Greetings Orange Hibiscus Wheat Ale, DeBary, FL (4.7% ABV)

From RateBeer: “Orange Hibiscus Wheat Sunshine Greetings is an American wheat ale brewed with hibiscus and orange peel. Light, fruity & refreshing, this ale has a light pinkish hue and a bright, floral aroma. Light citrus notes blend seamlessly with the rosy / gently-tart character of the hibiscus – Subtle malt sweetness backs the easy going floral notes, giving this beer complexity paired with superb drinkability.”

3 Daughters Brewing Phantasmas Spicy Double IPA, St. Petersburg, FL (8.8% ABV)

According to RateBeer, this is a “tequila barrel-aged spicy IPA,” which according to 3 Daughters Brewing, is brewed with “a ton of jalapeños.”

Shipyard Maple Bacon Stout, Clearwater, FL (9.2% ABV)

According to RateBeer, this beer has “has a dark rich stout backbone with the sweetness of maple and the smokiness of bacon.”

*NEW* Boneshaker Zinfandel, Lodi, CA ($14/bottle)

According to Hahn Family Wines, Boneshaker Zinfandel contains “blueberry and blackberry flavors, with lightly spicy aromas,” and is “balanced with a pleasant mouthfeel, filling viscosity and a gentle toasty finish.”