Smokey Fred’s BBQ in Orange Opens

by DanGarion on August 1, 2013 · 3 comments

in OC Food Reviews

Smokey Fred's BBQ - Carolina BBQ Sauce

Smokey Fred’s BBQ – Carolina BBQ Sauce

Being that I live (and now work from home) in Orange, I tend to drive around the city a lot. Most recently I had noticed that in the same location at the little strip mall where Scottie’s Smokehouse was originally there was a sign saying BBQ Opening Soon. The past couple weekends I had noticed someone out in front in the parking lot cooking away on a sidebox BBQ smoker. Today I decided to stop by and just happened to be fortunate enough to discover that Smokey Fred’s BBQ in Orange has officially “soft launch” opened. Smokey Fred’s BBQ is just a little hole in the wall BBQ joint that sticks to the basics, brisket, pulled pork, and ribs. Nothing fancy and nothing too far out of the ordinary beyond that, except for some killed small batch (once it’s gone it’s gone) chili. Fred got into the BBQ business by way of some volunteer meals he had made and being told over and over how good his meat was, so he decided to leave the solar industry that he was working in and try his hand at BBQ. Currently they are cooking all their meat out back in a sidebox BBQ, but soon enough they will be smoking inside with a larger commercial size smoker. Fred’s wood of choice is usually pecan, but he likes to use others when it calls for it.

So that’s enough talk I’m sure you’d like to see some of their really good BBQ.

Since this was my first visit and I like pulled pork I ordered the Lexington, a pulled pork sandwich served with cole slaw on it along with a mustard based BBQ sauce. It left a very good first impression with its solid flavors and good texture. The meat wasn’t overly smokey and had a good pull to it. The cole slaw didn’t stand out, but it also didn’t detract from the sandwich.

Smokey Fred's BBQ - The Lexington, Pulled Pork, Cole Slaw, and Sauce

Smokey Fred’s BBQ – The Lexington, Pulled Pork, Cole Slaw, and Sauce

The house made baked beans include smoked bits of the flap meat that normally comes on pork spare ribs, it’s the perfect meat addition for the really tasty sweet beans.

Smokey Fred's BBQ - Baked Beans

Smokey Fred’s BBQ – Baked Beans

After talking with Fred about our love of smoking meat he sent me off with a parting gift of his home made small batch chili. He said he has people coming from all over the county to get it again and again and honestly I can see why. This stuff packs a punch of flavor without being too spicy. It’s a very tomatoey based chili that will stain your shirts if you don’t watch yourself, packed with a ton of ground beef along with a smattering of kidney and pinto beans.

Smokey Fred's BBQ - Small Batch Chili

Smokey Fred’s BBQ – Small Batch Chili

Since Smokey Fred’s BBQ has just opened I don’t really know what their hours are, but I’m going to take a guess that they are open from 11 AM till they run out of meat so if you want the best choice of meats and want to try their chili I recommend you get there early.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Smokey Fred’s BBQ
129 Collins Ave,
Orange, CA – 92867

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  • Dale

    Looking forward to checking this place out.

  • Diamond Dog

    Dan, I am so glad to see you blogging again. I was really saddened when you lost your job and had a baby on the way. I could feel the sadness in your last post. I saw the picture of your 2 dogs and I worried about whether or not you would make it and be able to take care of your dogs and new baby.

    WHAT A GREAT SURPRISE to learn that not only have you found a job, you are blogging again and the world seems right with you. I am so happy for you and congrats on your baby!

    How did I find this out? I googled “Cheese Strips” because I have a craving for those things from Huntington Beach. But I don’t want to drive there. Too far. In the comment section on some OC Register blog about these cheese strips from 2009, you commented that El Taco in Orange has these cheese strips (not melted). Is this true? I clicked the link on your name and it took me to your recent review. I had to read the date back 3 times because I could not believe you were back and I had to make sure we are in 2013. Yup. So happy I stumbled back on you!

    So about these cheese strips I can get in Orange. Can you confirm? With that same sweet sauce and all? Chips are the same and the cheese? I NEED TO KNOW!!! Does it taste the same?

    Looking forward to you answering my question and more blog posts from you!

    • DanGarion

      Hi Diamond Dog! Yes, I think I will keep up the food blogging, but it’s just going to be less frequent, and I removed the advertising because it was just slowing down my site. So now it’s just me writing about what I eat (sometimes). I might even be changing the site to Eat in Orange (stay tuned).

      Thank you for the kind words about everything. You must have been checking out my personal site if you read about the job situation. Yeah that sucked, but at the same time all that free time allowed me to get things situated in the house for Abigail! And then things just kept on rolling with getting a new job with a really cool company.

      To answer your question El Taco has “nachos” which are just chips with cheese, but you can also order them with this delicious red sauce that they normally reserve for their super cheesy quesadillas. Both are definitely worth a try, I won’t guarantee you will like them but I do and in the end that really is all that matters. I’m sure you can get them ordered with sour cream or anything else you want on them as well, but I’m pretty well set with just cheese and the awesome red sauce. Just make sure you specifically ask for the red sauce that they use for the quesadillas. I can’t necessarily confirm that the chips are the same as those in HB (I’ve never had them) but they are unique to anywhere else I’ve been…

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