Brian's Smokehouse and BBQ brings a little piece of the south to the heart of downtown Manitowoc, WI. Our passion is delivering an authentic southern BBQ experience for all who enter. We offer traditional pulled pork, brisket, chicken, ribs and sides along with different twists on old favorites. Check out our menu below and stop on in to give us a try.

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Brian's Smokehouse and BBQ was recently featured on Good Day Wisconsin. Brian Kooker, owner and pitmaster, joined FOX 11’s Emily Deem to share some of his very own recipes. Check it out!

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Customer Testimonials

“This place is the best BBQ I’ve had in awhile. A lot of great sauces to try; you’ll run out of meat before you figure out which one you like best. The pulled pork and ribs were excellent which is usually what I measure a BBQ joint by, but what really impressed me was the brisket. Brisket is that BBQ meat that is fairly hit and miss with a majority on the miss side but the brisket here was *definitely* a hit. Wow!”

Scott Isaac

“My wife and I had the sampler and thought it was the best we’ve had. We came up from Madison for a quick day trip and I’m so glad we decided to stop by. We will go back soon.”

Larry Perzentka

“Best food ever. You know the smoked meats good when you don’t even need the sauce! Definitely worth the trip from Green Bay !!!!!! WE WILL BE BACK!”

Stephanie Janz

“Excellent! Lots of flavor and perfectly done meat for every dish we tried! You can tell the owners are passionate about great barbecue. I REALLY loved the dirty Cuban sandwich!”

Mackenzie Mraz

“Combining Southern BBQ with Wisconsin Hospitality Brian’s Smokehouse worth the trip. Easily one of the top BBQ restaurants in the state.”

Jason Ring

“I CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK!!! Best BBQ ever, the spicy bourbon sauce and Carolina mustard sauce are my favorites. Chicken was awesome, pulled pork was amazing, ribs were perfect. You have to try the smoked mac and cheese, baked beans are fantastic. Like I said, I can’t wait to go back.”

John Sleik

“Your choices of meat arrive naked, with just the rubs and seasonings they were smoked in. You then have ample choices of homemade sauces to enhance and add to your culinary delight! Definitely will be back, again and again. Just what Manitowoc needed. Price is refreshingly reasonable!”

Deb Schad Smokehouse Customer

“This place is my “Cheers” – Master chef cooks amazing bbq with lots of stuff to try! Family friendly, outdoor and indoor seating. It’s food you just can’t get anywhere else because Brian has been doing this for decades and knows all the tricks. Be back soon!”

Matt DiMarco Smokehouse Customer