Midwood Smokehouse Hot Off the Texas BBQ Trail

Plaza Midwood Barbeque

Midwood Smokehouse’s Frank Scibelli is at it again, joining forces with James Beard Award-winning food author, Robb Walsh, to bring a new twist to Midwood Smokehouse’s already impressive menu. Their next feat? Texas-style mesquite smoked barbeque.

Frank and Robb brought Midwood’s seasoned pitmaster, Matthew Barry, along a weeklong Texas barbeque tour in January in hopes of honing new, authentic Texas-inspired recipes for guests in their Plaza Midwood and soon-to-open Ballantyne locations. Stops along the way included Southside Market in Elgin, which has been in operation since 1882, Matt’s El Rancho in Austin, Louie Mueller in Taylor and CorkScrew BBQ in Spring.




Carolina-style barbeque devotees, I know what your thinking, and I can assure you that their intent is not to replace their current recipes with that “over-sauced, stuff they call barbecue.” Admittedly, I was a little hesitant, but after talking with Matt and Frank and tasting a few of their new and improved recipes, I’m a fan.


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Chopped brisket tacos inspired by Matt’s El Rancho


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Smoked sliced brisket: moist vs. lean


Ahead of the menu and Ballantyne location debuts, Robb Walsh is teaming up with Pitmaster Matt Berry and Paco’s Tacos Chef Phil Carter along with NoDa Brewing for a Texas-themed “Crossroads Cue Supper.” The three courses with be served family style, inspired by items from Walsh’s 10 cookbooks, and paired with beer from NoDa brewing. A portion of the event’s proceeds with benefit the South Foodways Allliance.

The beer dinner will be held February 25 at the Midwood Smokehouse Plaza Midwood location and seating is limited. Call (704) 295-4BBQ for reservations.

Midwood Smokehouse is shooting for a mid-April opening for their Ballantyne location.

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By Lea
Food-loving wanderlust connecting the dots between craft beer, live music, and the Charlotte (and neighboring cities’) restaurant scene. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more tasty bites.

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