The Grand Ole Smokehouse!

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There are occasions when American cuisine is just what the taste buds ordered and where better to experience the full on hickory smoked, barbecued style of cooking than at Jacks Smokehouse, which in case you haven’t heard is where Jacks American Brasserie used to be on Puerto Banús’s prestigious frontline. Jacks has been a favourite eatery in the Port for many, many years, and has always enjoyed a great reputation for its food and service, so we were delighted to have the opportunity to sample and savour the delights of its new incarnation as Jacks Smokehouse.

As you can imagine, the newly renovated Jacks Smokehouse is a big favourite with the younger, international Marbella set who crave a good burger and a rack of ribs, and judging by the crowd of diners happily tucking into the meaty elements of the menu, it continues to attract a clientele with hearty appetites. Of course, another of Jacks’ attractions is that it feels authentically American. The interior décor takes you from Marbella to the southern states of the USA with a touch of Nashville glamour in moments. Plus, the outside terrace on a sunny day is the perfect place to perch and watch the supercars slide by and the yachts bob on the marina’s gentle waters. There is nothing you can’t learn about life and the people in Puerto Banús when you sit outside Jacks Smokehouse day or night.

We reckoned that any visit to Jacks would require a good appetite and an empty stomach, so we starved ourselves in preparation for our visit. Of course, the downside of starvation is that when you arrive at a restaurant your eyes tend to be bigger than your stomach and we were overwhelmed by the variety of dishes on offer in the revamped menu. So much so that several of us just couldn’t decide what to choose at first. However, after the initial cries of “Oh, I’ve got to have the ribs,” we all gradually calmed down and chose items that we could share, thus giving everyone ‘a bite of the burger’ so to speak.

Burgers, burgers!

So, let’s start with the burgers on offer. You can have your burger straight or with cheese. You can also have a New York deli burger made from Angus beef, a Smokehouse burger or a Wagyu beef burger. Not keen on beef? Then the Jerk Chicken burger brings you a touch of Jamaica, there’s a Southern Fried chicken burger (move over Colonel Sanders) and for the non-meat eaters there is a five bean burger. Then there are the Combo Sliders with pulled pork, which top chef Gordon Ramsey has been encouraging every burger house in the USA to make in his show “Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares.” Of course, there are no kitchen nightmares at Jacks; the service and the quality of the food is perfection. And, if you’re a hot dog fan, then you’ll be able to order a proper American one here. We selected the Smokehouse burger and the Jerk Chicken, both of which were delicious and the dressings were spot on. Please also note that all burgers can be served gluten free.

Are you ribbing me?

At least one of our party is a serious rib fan and you can usually predict that if they are on a menu, he’s going to order them. Imagine the smile on his face when he saw the Main course menu and saw the Slow Braised Beef Short Rib served with sweet potato mash and smoked shallot gravy. Or, should he have a half/full rack of 12-Hour Smoked BBQ Ribs served with coleslaw, shoestring fries and either Creole dry rub or Smokehouse BBQ sauce? It was a tough choice but in the end, the Smoked BBQ Ribs won the day. It is fair to say that not every establishment can cook ribs so that they remain succulent and fall off the bone, but we can truthfully report that Jacks really does know how it should be done. We also sampled the Sizzling Fajitas and the Smoked Chicken with charred corn on the cob, mash and gravy. We felt as if we were close to dining with Frank Underwood in “House of Cards” when he goes to Freddy’s BBQ Joint for some real southern cooking.

On the grill

There is also a Grill menu. How about a Longhorn 28-Day Dry-Aged New York Strip Loin, or a Prime Irish Fillet Steak or Argentinian Rib Eye? Or, a Jacks 40-Day Dry-Aged Galician Tomahawk Steak for Two? Well, we had to try the latter. The combination of Galician and Tomahawk in the same phrase had our imaginations running amok. What a revelation it was and if you’re out on a date, or just out with a mate and you want to share a dish, then this is the perfect choice.

Fish lovers do not despair. From the grill you have a choice of freshly Grilled Tuna Steak with black sesame crust, 5-spice Asian vegetables, soy, honey and ginger. Or, why not push the boat out and have the Whole Grilled Lobster with garlic butter. Yum!! 

And, before we forget, there is an excellent pizza menu and a Kids menu with mini versions of the adult offering.

Sweet endings

We were more or less fully satiated by now, but it would have been rude to leave without sampling the dessert menu. Society has more than one Brownie lover, but when we saw that there was also Key Lime Pie and an Oreo and Peanut Cheesecake, a Knickerbocker Glory and Cherry Pie we went a bit sweet crazy.

We may have walked in with empty stomachs but we certainly left Jacks Smokehouse with well-filled ones. This restaurant has a great location, a menu that suits just about everyone’s tastes and a welcoming atmosphere. There’s everything to like about Jacks – make sure you pay it a visit!

 
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