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Ottawa – Smoked Creations

I’ve found that passing through a town at lunch time (and having some time on your hands) is a great way to discover some hidden treasures in the restaurant industry. That is exactly what allowed me to find Smoked Creations a few weeks ago, nestled in an old storefront in the recently budding mom and pop restaurant scene in downtown Ottawa, KS.

Smoked Creations. pic courtesy of

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“Smoked Creations” offers up some authentic KC style BBQ just as you would expect, but also throws in some twists on the standard ‘que you’ll find at most BBQ joints. I think one of the main reasons is the owner/cook actually worked for years in Mexican restaurant kitchens before he took on this challenge, so you’re going to get a few alternatives to the old brisket or pork on white bread (such as the pulled pork chimichanga).

Smoked creations 1

One of those exceptions was a delicious little thing called the “BBQ Tornado”. When I saw it on the menu I knew I needed to try it. The BBQ Tornado is pulled pork and BBQ sauce rolled in a tortilla and deep fried (see picture). My only advice is to let it cool a bit before eating it if you value your tongue.

smoked creations BBQ Tornado

One cannot survive on BBQ Tornadoes alone, so when I saw a sandwich on the menu called “Pig Out”, I of course ordered it too, partly because of the name, but mostly because it is pulled pork, bacon, smoked cheddar, and pickles on Telera bread. I probably don’t need to explain how good this sandwich was, as the ingredients speak for themselves, but I’ll go ahead and tell you, it was good.

Not only were the meats good, but the Cajun fries were amazingly good as well (think “Five Guys” fries).  In my short experience at Smoked Creations I was very impressed, and would gladly go back, perhaps to try that “Pulled Pork Chimichanga”!

– Mike


Keep Calm and Eat Pork

That’s our motto here at In Pursuit of Pork  and we’re making a statement with our new aprons!
We know that there are many out there with the same motto and today on the blog we are giving away one of these new aprons to one lucky winner!


Here’s how you can win:

Football season and tailgating are just around the corner, and this apron would be the perfect addition to your game day attire. Leave a comment on this post below telling us what your favorite pork tailgating dish is. The contest will close on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm CST. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email, as well as announced in a comment on this blog post. The winner will need to respond to our email no later then Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm CST to be eligible to claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed we will select another winner.

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37 Comments Post a comment
  1. David Bell #

    Pulled pork with jalapeño Cole slaw

    August 13, 2013
  2. Kelly Loganbill #

    Favorite pork tailgate recipe? Pulled Pork Nachos for an afternoon/evening game. But, you can’t beat biscuits and sausage gravy for an early kickoff.

    August 13, 2013
  3. Jodi Morton #

    Simple and classic pulled pork sandwich!

    August 13, 2013
  4. Mark Angelo Gramaglia #

    bratwurst stuffed with kraut and wrapped with bacon

    August 13, 2013
  5. Dede in Monrovia #

    We don’t tailgate per say but we annually cook pork for our church fair stand. This year we cooked 400# ‘s of pork shoulder and sold out on the last day (we served 6 days). We have a large cooker that we use to cook the meat. When done we shred and add our own BBQ sauce. After doing this for about 20 years I do not get tired of eating it! Love it!

    August 13, 2013
  6. Cathy Hadley #


    August 13, 2013
  7. Phil Warren #

    For those morning tailgates I like to smoke a pork sausage stuffed with blueberry muffn mix and wrapped in bacon

    August 13, 2013
  8. Roseanne Bunger #

    I love stuffing jalapeños with cheese and then wrapping in bacon, plus shredded pork cooked with jalapeños in corn tortillas (wheat free by necessity)

    August 13, 2013
  9. smoked apple wood glazed pork chops

    August 13, 2013
  10. Pork Butt simmered in Jalapenos and oinons on BBQ smoker.

    August 14, 2013
  11. Emiley Gaskill #

    We love tailgating and a favorite is BBQ pulled pork shoulder! Yum!

    August 20, 2013
  12. Thomas Bacon #

    My award winning smoked puled pork sandwich covered in mom’s home made coleslaw with a side of pulled pork!!! Yum!!!

    August 20, 2013
  13. Bill #

    Best pork tailgating dish is the Bacon Explosion:

    August 20, 2013
  14. Pork Chile – to be eaten on chips or rolled in a tortilla!

    August 20, 2013
  15. Angela Day #

    Pulled bbq pork stuffed roll and baked in oven. yummy 🙂

    August 20, 2013
  16. Kellie Weaver #

    We make homemade individual pizza crust to put on the grill spread on some amazing bbq sauce some awesome pork and fresh mozzarella cheese so good on the grill our second favorite is shredded pork tacos great tailgaiting food.

    August 20, 2013
  17. Pulled pork,Jamaican Jerk style.

    August 20, 2013
  18. Rick Davidson #

    Smoked Bacon Wrapped Loin……..Cut pork tenderloin strips & flatten out, spread cream cheese on it, slice up a jalapeno put it on the cheese, roll it up and wrap it up w bacon…….smoke it until it is done…..

    August 20, 2013
  19. anthony venmahavong #

    Racks on racks on racks of ribs dusted with head country rub. Mmmmmmm mmmm

    August 20, 2013
  20. ErvinRanch #

    Love Love Love pulled pork sam-witches!!! Anytime. Anywhere. Add a cold beer and some chips and I’m in heaven!

    August 20, 2013
  21. Scott Burenheide #

    Bacon wrapped Pheasants

    August 20, 2013
  22. carolina pulled pork on white bread with pickles and slaw.

    August 20, 2013
  23. Carolina pulled pork with white bread, pickles and slaw. And beer.

    August 20, 2013
  24. Phon Wills #

    A Brat!!!! or Rib Tips….ahhh I can’t decide! I just love it all

    August 20, 2013
  25. Brian Wise #

    Burnt Ends are my favorite, with plenty of good hot b-b-q sauce and fries with cold slaw.

    August 20, 2013
  26. Sharon Paxman #

    my favorite is bbq ribs fall off the bone babyback, bring it on with jalepeno and pickles

    August 20, 2013
  27. Alice Petty #

    You cant beat pulled pork for sandwiches for a tailgate party..

    August 20, 2013
  28. Hope Wright #

    Pulled pork on Sister Shubert rolls, Cola beans and cornbread salad!

    August 20, 2013
  29. Ronnie Dornhoffer #

    My favorite tailgating pork recipe is pork tenderloin chili! Nothing like cool weather, football and pork chili to warm up the heart and soul!

    August 20, 2013
  30. Ruth Peine #

    Love pulled pork and saucy ribs!!

    August 20, 2013
  31. Melissa Gabe #

    Mojo marinated pork shoulder sandwiches!

    August 20, 2013
  32. Diana Emley #

    pulled pork sandwich is always great.

    August 20, 2013
  33. Kansas Pork Farmers #

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our contest for a “Keep Calm and Eat Pork” apron! As of 4:00 pm CST, Tuesday, August 20, our contest officially closed. We were excited to hear all of your unique and yummy recipes for tailgating. Thanks for sharing with us! Comments were each assigned a number and our winners were chosen with a random number generator.
    Our winner, who has already been notified via email is:

    Beth Riffel

    Thanks again to everyone for participating. For more contests and giveaways, continue to follow us here on In Pursuit of Pork and check out ‘KansasPork’ on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

    August 20, 2013
  34. Sirena #

    KC Pulled Pork Nachos!

    August 20, 2013
  35. Thomas Klenke #

    I served up some pulled pork on a larger than life pork rind fresh out of the fryer, sprinkled a little pepper jack cheese on top and had sides of different toppings, went so fast I hardly got a bite! Try it out sometime!

    August 21, 2013
  36. MomandPopsSmokedMeats #

    We have a Pulled Pork that KCBS Said is the Best they have Ever Tasted. Plus we have a Secret Spice in it That even Some Doctors say can help some Cancer Patients fight their Cancer Battle.

    February 2, 2014

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