Our Team

Brian Kooker

Brian Kooker

Owner & Pitmaster

Brian started barbecuing in 1986 after joining the Marine Corps and moving to North Carolina. He has done Catering & BBQ competitions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. Brian opened the Smokehouse here in Manitowoc in the spring of 2016 and has been serving up fresh & authentic southern BBQ to the city ever since.

Brian's favorite dish on the menu? Pastrami and Brisket
Mike Howe

Mike Howe

Owner

Mike was the driving force behind the opening of Brian's Smokehouse. Mike is a local business owner with Mike Howe Builders, a city council member and an active part of the Manitowoc community.

Mike's favorite dish on the menu? The Pastrami and Pulled Chicken
Sherry Samz

Sherry Samz

General Manager

Sherry was instrumental to the opening of The Smokehouse, with over 25 years restauraunt experience in multiple states. Sherry has a passion for great food and providing a great experience for customers.

Sherry's favorite dish on the menu? The Hot Sausage Sandwich and Potato Salad
Jada Thorison

Jada Thorison

Server

Jada is a high school student here in Manitowoc. She brings a lot of energy and laughter and is a very important part of our team with her customer skills.

Jada's favorite dish on the menu? The Cornbread