Canton, OH

In case you missed it, a new barbecue restaurant has opened in Canton

Isla Chiu

A new restaurant has come to Belden Village Mall.

Earlier this month, Blue Smoke opened in Canton. Blue Smoke is a restaurant that serves Texas-style barbecue.

The restaurant's owner is Jamie Moore, who won last year's Taste for the Space, a culinary contest that's hosted by the mall. His prize? $50,000 and 6 months of free rent for an eatery space at Belden Village Mall.

Blue Smoke's menu includes sandwiches such as a brisket sandwich with a quarter-pound of smoked brisket, pickles, coleslaw, tomato, red onion, and BBQ sauce; a mac & pork sandwich, which has pulled pork, beer mac and cheese, and bacon; and a grilled cheese with plenty of brisket meat.

The menu also has armadillo eggs (which are jalapenos that are stuffed with cream cheese and gouda before being wrapped in sausage and bacon) and pulled pork sliders, both of which Moore served at Taste for the Space. You can also get a brisket flatbread, pulled pork flatbread, and/or a beer mac and cheese bowl with pulled pork and bacon.

If you're just looking for the meats, Blue Smoke also sells smoked brisket, butter smoked turkey, smoked baby back ribs, smoked steak sausage, and smoked pulled pork by the pound. If you want to try a couple of different meats, Blue Smoke offers platters where you can try 2 or 3 meats of your choice.

As for sides, Blue Smoke has vinegar coleslaw that's both tangy and garlicky, bacon mac and cheese, brisket beans (which are pinto beans that are slow cooked with brisket and spices), bowtie pasta salad (which has pepperoni, salami, provolone cheese, peppers, and onions with a garlic marinade), and house salad.

Blue Smoke gets all of their meat from Strasburg Meats, which is a local butcher shop. In addition to being locally sourced, all of Blue Smoke's meat comes from free-range livestock.

If you have room for dessert, the restaurant has salted chocolate chip cookies, Texas pecan pie, and maple and sweet potato cheesecake.

If you want to try some of Blue Smoke's award-winning food, the restaurant is located at 4260 Belden Village Mall Suite FC1, Canton, OH 44718. Blue Smoke is open Monday to Saturday from 11 AM to 8 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM.

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