Yates Center – Smokey Ben’s BBQ and More
Unfortunately this restaurant is no longer open.
Smokey Ben’s BBQ and More in Yates Center, Kansas, “the hay capital of the world” is a rare gem on the prairie. It is very unusual to find a barbecue restaurant in such a rural community, much less a good one! Smokey Ben’s is Located on 54 highway, and is roughly half way between Fort Scott and Wichita.
If you like “fall off the bone” ribs, this place is for you. In fact, their ribs are so tender that I’m curious how they get them on the plate in one piece.
My favorite thing about Smokey’ Bens BBQ and More is that the smoked flavor of their meat is spot on. I took a peek out back and noticed that they accomplish this feat of barbecue mastery by using an old offset style wood burning smoker. Most restaurants prefer to use highly automated commercial style smoker that much of the art and science (and smokey flavor) out of the process. While the pit-master at Smokey Ben’s has more of a challenge on his hands, the results speak for themselves.
While visiting with a worker, I learned that everything on the menu is made in the smoker minus the cobbler (which looked delicious, but I was too full to try).
Smokey Ben’s BBQ and more is currently for sale. I hope the next owner takes lessons from the current pitmaster! I would encourage you to get to Yates Center soon and check it out.
Until next time,