Food Network calls Stillwater restaurant the 'best bbq ever'


The best jerk chicken in the United States isn't in the south – it's right here in Minnesota.

The Food Network called Stillwater's Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque the "best bbq ever" on the network's new show, "Best. Ever."

Chef Antonia Lofaso, a self-described jerk chicken aficionado, was wowed by the dish, noting the authenticity of smoking whole chickens and then saucing it with Pimento wood, WCCO reported.

The family-owned, pirate-themed eatery is planning an official viewing party of the episode, according to its Facebook page. The episode aired Monday night, but will be replayed on Jan. 17 at 3 p.m., Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. and Jan. 23 at 4 p.m, the restaurant says.

This is the fourth time the restaurant was featured on the Food Network, Smalley's said on Facebook, including two episodes of "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives" – called "Unexpected Eats" and "Crazy for Chicken."

After filming the episode with Guy Fieri, Smalley's owner, Shawn Smalley, told the Lowdown, “It’s cool getting some national exposure. ... And the town too — a little bit of the spotlight will go to the town.”

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