In Nottingham's creative quarter of Hockley, you'll find Jim's Smokehouse. It's a cool and quirky establishment, serving up low and slow cooked meats alongside a US style menu. From larger than life burgers to stomach-busting platters, here you'll find all the American classics and more. With a Man vs. Food attitude, you'd struggle to leave hungry.
For mains I went for the Carolina Pulled Pork (£10.95) whilst my boyfriend chose the Wild Wild West Burger (£12.95) with a side of Bacon Mac 'n' Cheese (£2) to share. With lots of sides to choose from at just £2 each we agreed it was insane value for money. Think smoked pit beans, southern fries, cheesy fries and onion rings.
How incredible is that burger? And that's just the single patty - you can double up for £15.95. Stacked up with pulled pork, beef brisket, cheeseburger, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese and onion rings, this was one impressive monster of a burger. Needless to say my American diner mad boyfriend scoffed it all up and washed it down with a helping of cheesy macaroni.
My pulled pork shoulder was smoked for 14 hours until tender and doused in homemade south Carolina mustard and BBQ sauce. As expected, it was extremely tender and delicious. The sauce was very strong so if you were looking for a subtle hint of mustard this isn't for you. I personally can't get enough of the stuff and wolfed it down along with my crunchy skin-on-fries and pickles.
Overall I can see why the place is a hit with the locals and beyond. With the restaurant full by the end of the night, it seems people can't get enough of what that smoker has been cooking all day long. It's a real mix of American influences - with your stuff-your-face Man vs. Food style grub, the anticipated man 'n' cheese. Texan smoked meats, New Orleans prawns and Southern chicken. Of course with New York cheesecake or Mississippi mud pie to finish. If only we had room! It's also worth noting there are a few vegetarian and gluten free options throughout the menu - so something to suit most.
The staff and owner were super friendly and happy to chat to us about their favourite dishes and top up our beer. A great night all round!
Have you ever been to Jim's Smokehouse? What is your favourite smokehouse in Nottingham or the East Midlands?
Note: I was invited for a complimentary restaurant review. All opinions are honest and my own.