LEXINGTON DINING GUIDE / 67 Blue Door Smokehouse $ L D With a pit proudly on display as you walk in,you’ll often get an aromatic preview of the smoked beef brisket,pork,chicken,ribs and sausage that might grace your plate.You’ll find various sauce options,but you might want to experience the slow-smoked,lightly seasoned flavor of the meat on its own before dousing too much.Expect big portions with a bevy of delicious sides, served with patient and friendly service.Southern Living named Blue Door Smokehouse one of the“10 must-visit Kentucky BBQ Joints.” 226WaltonAvenue – (859) 252-4227 – bluedoorsmokehouse.com County Club $$ L D In a stylishly renovated garage complete with chandeliers,County Club is“committed to exploring and expanding on theAmerican tradition of smoking meats using hardwoods and low temperatures.”Kentucky-raised beef,pork,lamb,goat and chicken is all smoked on site and are perfectly complimented by an evolving menu of fresh daily salads,sides and other blackboard specials.Check out the Sunday brunch! 555 Jefferson Street – (859) 367-0263 – countyclubrestaurant.com J. Renders Southern Table and Bar $$ L D G “If it’s not smoked,it’s not BBQ!”That’s the motto of this popular food truck turned brick and mortar restaurant.Owned by husband and wife team Ren and Gwyn Everly,J.Renders’meat smoking technique combines Memphis style,Carolina style andTexas style BBQ to create a unique“Southern Style BBQ.”House favorites include BBQ Quesadillas and the“Oh NoYou Didn’t” grilled cheese featuring pulled pork and smoked mac & cheese inside.Oh yes they did! 3191 Beaumont Centre Circle – (859) 533-9777 – jrendersbbq.com SMOKED MEATS & BBQ 113 114 112