Smoke Shack BBQ and its smoky goodness have made their way back to Center Moriches.
The restaurant, started by Michael Cahill and his son Brandon Cahill, opened last month at 792 Montauk Highway.
After the younger Cahill studied culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University, the father-son duo opened their first of two Smoke Shack BBQ food trucks in 2017.
Last year, the pair opened their first brick-and-mortar Smoke Shack BBQ restaurant at 490A Mastic Road.
Now, the duo has opened their next restaurant location in the area where they used to operate their food trucks: Center Moriches.
It’s all about the sauce
Fans of the trucks from Center Moriches street fairs will recognize the menu’s pulled pork sandwich topped with sauce and slaw, along with the fully loaded porky mountain fries covered in pulled pork, barbecue sauce, nacho cheese, sour cream, and scallions.
Diners can also order burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, and wraps, or go all-in on the motherload: pulled pork, thinly sliced marinated flank steak, and a fried egg.
Brandon’s grandmother’s renowned barbecue sauce recipe — the reason the duo fell in love with BBQ — tops pulled pork, racks of ribs, and any other dish customers douse at their table.
The restaurant also offers chicken wings slathered in signature barbecue sauce or three Buffalo sauces of varying hotness.
“We have the ‘Go cry to your mama’ sauce,” Brandon Cahill previously told Greater Long Island. “It’s a sweet Buffalo sauce, but it’s extremely hot, the hottest sauce we have. It’s a creeping sauce. You eat three or four wings, and then out of nowhere, it hits you, super intense.”
“Then we have the Hot as Hell, which is a classic extremely hot Buffalo sauce,” he continued. “Then we have regular Buffalo, which is a sweeter, milder Buffalo sauce that everyone’s favorite, so far.”
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Top: A rack of ribs over fries from Smoke Shack BBQ. (File – Credit: Nicholas Grasso)