Sunday, August 7, 2016
Meaty Expectations Delivered at Blacksheep Smokehouse and Grill in Yellville.
I do have to point out, when I asked others about this establishment, several individuals referred to this place on the west side of town as Blacksheep Joe's. Whether or not this was an earlier name for this establishment, I could not tell you.
What I can say is that a menu drew my interest.
We were working in Searcy County on a variety of stories, and had stopped in at Crockett's in Harriet. Just inside the door there was a rack with menus, and a bright yellow menu drew my attention. I picked it up, knowing lunch was going to be a necessary endeavor at some point.
Indeed, our lunch was delayed quite a bit with our other shoots, so by the time we actually rolled into
We sampled the sauces available while we waited. The sauces are an equally wide range of choices. Old Faithful is a medium-thick sauce, somewhat
The decor inside Blacksheep Smokehouse and Grill is certainly a meeting of the minds between Route 66 chic, country store and feed barn. The music was a similar pastache of modern country, the Eagles, singer-songwriter compositions of the late 70s and the occasional Taylor Swift tune. The clientele was similarly
It's not like Blacksheep Smokehouse and Grill is the only barbecue place in town. Yellville is well known for Razorback Ribs, a pulled pork haven inside an old dairy diner along the main drag two blocks from the downtown square. But after our lunch there, I would suspect Blacksheep will easily be able to hold its own.
Our number was called, and I went to pick up our tray. I also swung by the condiment station, which is set up like a salad bar between the register and the drinks station. Small plastic ramekins and paper boats are available to collect the items you wish to add to your burger or sandwich, including onions and lettuce and tomato; both crispy and hamburger dill pickles; jalapeno and banana peppers; mayo, ketchup and mustard in plastic packets and more. Once these had been secured, I took our tray to table and we proceeded to shoot.
We had decided to share an order of Texarkana toothpicks, which were strips of jalapeno and onion battered and deep fried, served with Ranch dressing. These were pretty standard but good.
I'd gone for a jumbo sliced beef brisket sandwich and side - and my side was deep fried corn. Unlike Calico County's battered version, this was a whole ear of corn just... deep fried, no batter. The resulting cob was caramelized on the outside, retaining a remarkable amount of juiciness that dribbled down my chin on first bite.
We didn't get into the desserts, which includes a brownie and banana pudding (no pies!). But I did make a note for next visit to have Grav tackle the Barnyard, which is a burger topped with smoked pork, smoked chicken and cheese. And I have to mention the Happy Coronary, which is similar to the Excaliburger being a 1/3 pound beef patty between two grilled cheese sandwiches.
All in all, Blacksheep Smokehouse and Grill was satisfying, and we'll probably stop in next time we are in town. It's open 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (870) 449-5637 or check out the restaurant's Facebook page.