2017 Best of Topeka: Herman’s Meat & Smokehouse

Smoked meats are the favorites at the year-old restaurant

Best Barbecue

 

Herman’s Meat & Smokehouse

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Jeff Herman successfully transitioned a love for smoking meat into a prosperous side operation for his family’s meat market.

Herman’s Meat & Smokehouse has been serving hickory-smoked barbecue platters since June 2016 and quickly found fandom with Topeka’s meat connoisseurs. The restaurant, adjoining the market at 4211 S.W. Huntoon St., offers all the essentials — ribs, brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends — but it’s also known for its loaded baked potatoes, salads topped with smoked meat and sandwiches. Catering options for hungry partiers also are available.

“I think we’ve got a pretty good flavor and a pretty good technique,” he said.

Herman said he’s smoked meat “almost all my life,” so when his generations-old meat market moved to Huntoon Street last summer, he saw an opportunity to share his barbecue with the public. Meats come with homemade sides, including fries, mac and cheese, baked beans and coleslaw.

Rosie Newman talks about Herman's Meat and Smokehouse, which was named Best Barbecue for 2017.

His favorite, the ribs, are smoked for more than three hours, but other meats take 10 to 12 hours to perfect, he said. Currently, Herman’s has two types of homemade barbecue sauce — traditional and spicy — and he wouldn’t say what makes the sauces special.

He’s modest about his barbecue.

“There really aren’t too many things you can add to barbecue that are specialized,” he said. “We’ve kind of learned through the years what works and what doesn’t.”

First runner-up: Lonnie Q’s BBQ

Second runner-up: HHB BBQ

 

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