Smokey Chef Catering is on fire with good barbecue

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By Wendy Pollitzer

February 17, 2011

Chris Mixson stands outside his restaurant, The Smokey Chef, on Lady’s Island.

If you haven’t been to Smokey Chef Catering, at 81 Sea Island Parkway on Lady’s Island, it’s time for you to go for fine barbecue. Chef Chris Mixson is the owner and pit master, and Rory Fosberry is the operations manager for the casual restaurant. Together, they bring tasty and memorable cuisine to Beaufort.

Smokey Chef is not only a fabulous lunch spot, it is a catering business as well. Smokey Chef “brings parties to life,” and offers holiday meals as well as dinner, comfort and event menus. Mixson’s Lowcountry cuisine is a hit among locals.

A pulled pork platter with fried okra and a side salad.

Elizabeth, April and I ordered variations of pulled pork. Elizabeth chose to have hers on a sandwich, with a scoop of coleslaw on top, which is totally a Southern thing! April and I opted for the plates with sides of lima beans, hash n’ rice and fried okra. We were elated with our meals and loved the choice of sauces on the table. We were able to choose from three — mustard, ketchup and vinegar-based — giving each bite a different flavor.

Kimmy ordered a half rack of ribs with hash n’ rice and okra while Barry asked for the fried chicken breast basket and fries. I can say without hesitation that all bits of food were gone from the table. No to-go boxes this week!

A signature fried fruit-filled pie, a must-have dessert.

The five of us were treated to Smokey Chef ’s signature fried pies for dessert. Mixson brought out blueberry, peach and apple fried pies that had the most amazing cinnamon crust surrounding the sugared fruit-filled pastries. The fried pies are a definite must-have. In fact, I think I’ll go by Smokey Chef today and get my girls and I treats for after dinner.

Smokey Chef is a great place to grab a quick and delicious lunch. If you’re planning a wedding shower, baptism party, house warming or birthday extravaganza, definitely remember Smokey Chef as your full-service planning, decorating and catering business. Give them a call at (843) 489-4800 to book your next party. Or stop in for your next midday meal. You’ll love it!

Testimonials from Smokey Chef’s website:

Chris, Your Lowcountry Boil was awesome! You and your staff knew what you were doing and made our housewarming party a special one. It really let Kim and I enjoy ourselves and our guests. Thanks! Todd and Kim Stone, Cat Island

Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know what a wonderful job you and the Smokey Chef crew performed this past Wednesday. Your BBQ was a hit with everyone! I cannot tell you how many people praised the Mac

& Cheese and collard greens, not to mention the cream cheese brownies. It was a pleasure to deal with a professional and courteous crew. I will highly recommend you guys to anyone whom asks.

Matt McAlhaney, Owner, City Loft Hotel and City Java & News

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