We’ll be the first to admit smoked turkey and ribs aren’t the first dishes you think of for a romantic night out. The Valley Smoke crew is here to change your mind and expand your perspective before you begin planning your next date. At the end of the day, a perfect first date all comes down to the atmosphere and quality of food and drinks you order. A fancy filet and expensive bottle of wine are great, but the right partner will enjoy something a little more approachable. Don’t get us wrong, Valley Smoke doesn’t cut corners when it comes to experience and approach. If you’re up in the air about choosing BBQ, we’re here to close the case for you and your date.

Shareable Plates are the Perfect Conversation Starter

First dates are all about getting to know the person sitting across from you. No dining experience can bring you closer than splitting a few starters and an entree. This is a great time to explore foods outside your comfort zone! Here are a few of our top choices:

  • Roast Beet Salad with Pecan, Pears, Georgia Blue Cheese/, Baby Spinach and Local Honey Sherry Vinaigrette
  • Oak Smoked Burrata with Arugula, Tomato Peach Compote, Olive Oil, Basil and Grilled Baguette
  • ‘Que for 2 that comes with a 3 Meat Combo and 3 Sides

Strong Cocktails and Southern BBQ are a Match Made in Heaven

There’s something for everyone behind the fully stock Valley Smoke bar and impressive whiskey wall. Spike lemonade? We’ve got that. French wine? We have that, too. Whatever you fancy, it’s nearly impossible to find a drink that doesn’t work well with smoked meat.

Our team has a few favorite drink and food pairings we encourage you to try. Impress your date with one of these drink orders:

  • Old Fashioned: 1792 Small Batch Bourbon, Luxardo Cherries, Bittermilk Old Fashioned Mix, Fresh Orange
  • Backwoods Bourbon Punch: Old Forester 1897 Bourbon, Grapefruit Juice, Sweet Vermouth, Aperol, Orange Slice, Luxardo Cherry
  • Valley Girl: Grey Goose Vodka, St. Germain, Thatcher’s Blood Orange, Lemon, Simple Syrup, Chandon Sweet Star Sparkling Wine

Valley Smoke Offers a Fresh Approach to Southern BBQ Favorites

Small town smokehouses ruled the roost for decades, but Valley Smoke brings a fresh take you’ll love. We’re not saying we don’t love the classic joints that started it all. The pros at Valley Smoke elevate the features you love about regular BBQ and we add our own unique spin.

Sample elevated BBQ favorites and gourmet crafted cocktails at Valley Smoke for your upcoming first date. From locally sourced ingredients to perfectly sweet desserts, you’re guaranteed to impress your date with a visit to Valley Smoke. Reserve your table here.

Some of the best boating in Jacksonville happens when it’s chilly outside. We love to bundle up in sweaters and blankets, pour a cocktail and cruise the Intracoastal. If you’ve never hit the water when the heat is gone, this holiday season is your opportunity to try something new. The Valley Smoke crew has been water-lovers for decades. Here are a few of our top tips to keep it safe and fun on the water this winter. 

Plan Your Outfit Accordingly

If you’re a boater who loves to cruise, make sure you bundle up to protect yourself from the wind. Take some extra precautions even though you think you won’t need it. High-speed boating will cool you down faster than you know. 

Pack a blanket, gloves and a hat that you can easily grab if you start to feel chilly. Depending on the temperature, it could be smart to bring hand warmers and a carafe of warm coffee. 

Get Creative With Your Plans for the Day

Think beyond wakeboarding and sunbathing. While certain boating activities are great in the summer, others are even better in the fall. Just imagine the joy of casting a line or sipping a beer without dripping in sweat. 

One of the best cold weather boat outings is a trip to your favorite waterfront restaurant. Valley Smoke and Palm Valley Fish Camp are just two of the amazing restaurants that line the Intracoastal. Pop in for a hot meal to refresh before you head back out on the water. 

Check the Boat Before You Launch

The health of your boat varies greatly when the temperature drops. Important factors like the battery, portholes and motor oil react differently to cold water. The Valley Smoke team has lived around water our whole lives. Here’s what we know:

Batteries drain faster in cold weather than in warm weather. Invest in a trickle charger to keep your boat charged up at all times. Additionally, it’s smart to periodically check the portholes and drains to prevent leaks. Last but not least, stay on top of the oil in your boat by bringing it to a professional. 

Visit Us for Lunch and Cocktails at Valley Smoke this Winter

Valley Smoke is the natural choice for boaters seeking a top-quality meal in Ponte Vedra. Full bar? Check. Elevated BBQ? Yup. Gorgeous atmosphere with even better views? We’ve got that, too. Call ahead to reserve your table or place a to-go order today.

A truly great steak is few and far between. If you’ve ever bitten into a pink, juicy, tender cut of beef, you know why people pay top dollar for a perfect cut of meat. Whether you just started eating red meat or you’re ready to be smarter about what you consume, the Valley Smoke pit crew is here to help. It’s time to learn about your favorite cut and cooking preparation. Here’s everything you need to know to order your steak the right way: 

Get Familiar with the Degrees of Doneness

This is the most important aspect of a perfect steak order. Even a cheap cut of steak can taste delicious if you cook it correctly. Cooking temperatures and average times vary by preparation, shape and size. Our basic guidelines should be verified with a meat thermometer for an accurate read. Not sure how to use a meat thermometer? We’ve got you covered. 

Step 1: Insert the thermometer needle through the side of the meat until the tip reaches the center. Remove meats from the heat when the thermometer is around 5-degrees lower than the desired temperature. 

Step 2: Let the steak rest of a wood cutting board for about 5-10 minutes, allowing the juices to settle and the meat to reach the desired temperature. 

You deserve steak the way you love it, every single time. While it’s ultimately on the chef to create the perfect meal, it’s your responsibility to order correctly. 

Rare (120-degrees): Cool to slightly warm red center, tender texture

Medium Rare (130-degrees): Warm red center, the favorite temperature of most chefs

Medium (140-degrees): Hot pink center, slightly firmer 

Medium Well (150-degrees): Mostly cooked through, firm texture

Well Done (160-degrees): Dry, colorless, firm

Cuts of Steak to Test and Love

Filet Mignon: This is considered the peak of luxury for many diners. The tender, soft texture of a medium-rare filet could be cut with a spoon (although a great steak knife is our preference). Filet is the ideal choice if you prefer little to no fat and a hearty, mild flavor. 

Ribeye: This is a favorite at Valley Smoke. We serve our 14-ounce ribeye with housemade horseradish sauce and your favorite potato side. This cut’s marbled fat is what makes this craveable cut a winner in our books. 

Flank: While this may be far cheaper than the other two on the list, flank steak is packed with flavor. You need to know two things before you cook this cut — never cook past medium-rare (130-degrees) and always thinly slice against the grain. The volume of this fibrous cut makes it the perfect choice for a crowd. 

Sample these Steaks and More at Valley Smoke this Fall

Our team knows a thing or two about perfectly cooked and seasoned meat. We only serve the best quality cuts that pair perfectly with our gourmet sides. Valley Smoke is the ideal way to spend a chilly fall evening. Start your meal with a smooth whiskey cocktail, move onto a perfectly cooked steak and finish with an irresistible dessert. 

Pop in this weekend or contact us for a reservation

You really can’t go wrong with elevated southern food on a Sunday morning (hey, waterfront views don’t hurt either.) Brunch is a staple in the Bold City, and Valley Smoke has successfully carved out its spot on the scene. If you’ve never indulged in our fresh-pressed juices, full bar, and inventive entrees, read on then book your reservation.

Kick-Off Your Meal with Shareable Starters

There’s so much more to the morning than pancakes and waffles. Whether you’re a party of two or come in with the whole church group, Valley Smoke knocks it out of the park with breakfast-friendly starters. 

 

Start your meal right with an order of beignets or mini jalapeno cornbread muffins for the table. The caramel sauce and powdered sugar coating on the beignets are irresistible even to the pickiest eater. While the adults sip something strong to start the day, the kiddos will love the pre-brunch snacks. Many of our team members have little ones themselves, so we know the value of putting food on the table right away. 

Unwind with a Cocktail on Our Waterfront Dock

Sometimes all you need on a Sunday morning is a great drink, a delicious meal, and time to relax. Valley Smoke offers visitors a few different spots to take in the view. Grab a seat on the dock, dine at one of our outdoor tables, or take a lap around our expansive yard. 

 

Restaurants worth raving about boast more than just great food. Our pit crew knows a thing or two about serving up delicious food, but it wouldn’t matter if you couldn’t stay and enjoy it. When we’re not smoking meat or mixing drinks, the Valley Smoke team soaks in the views at the end of our dock. What’s not to love about the peace and quiet of the Intracoastal?

Classic Southern Favorites with a Contemporary Twist

We’ve all had an average breakfast that lacked creativity. Valley Smoke wanted to do something different when we introduced brunch to our weekend lineup. We don’t stray far from our BBQ specialties to curate a crave-worthy breakfast menu.

 

  • BBQ Shrimp & Grits: 2 eggs* any style/C&P Jalapeño Rice Grits/Grilled Hot Link/Scallion
  • Churrasco Steak & Eggs*: 2 Eggs*/ Crispy Potatoes/Mixed Greens/ Chimichurri
  • Valley Smoke Benedict: House Biscuit/ House Smoked Ham/Poached Egg*/ Hollandaise/Crispy Potatoes

Visit Us at Valley Smoke Any Weekend in September!

We serve brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. The place gets a little busy with social distancing in place, so be sure to book a reservation to reserve a waterfront table. 

No brunch is complete without a tasty cocktail! Check out our full bar menu during brunch, along with a few drinks created especially for our brunch crowd.

People don’t typically think of whiskey when ordering a cocktail on a hot day. We’re here to tell you why (and how) whiskey is the perfect order next time you’re out for dinner. While many people are partial to vodka and white rum to cool them off, certain approaches to dark liquor can give drinkers the same sensation. Here are our favorite ways to relax with the right food and whiskey pairing this season:

A Few Basic Tips on How to Sip Whiskey in August

– Stone fruits are your friend: Fresh fruits like peaches, plums and apricots are in season right now. Muddle some into your cold whiskey for the perfect touch of sweetness.

 – Skip the bitters in the summer: Bitters make any cocktail more complex, making them a favorite amongst true whiskey drinkers. Try to stay on the lighter side and opt for other flavors, instead.

– Air on the side of a young whiskey: The longer a whiskey ages in a barrel, the more complex and pungent it gets. While most people crave the elaborate flavor profile of a top-quality aged option, young whiskeys are the ideal choice for a mild summer sipper.

Smoked Meat and Whiskey is a Match Made in Heaven

It’s time for the food pairings. When you pop into Valley Smoke, you can expect a few things: top-quality meats, delicious sides and a never ending whiskey wall. When you follow the summer whiskey recommendations above, you’ll have a hard time finding a meal at Valley Smoke that doesn’t pair well.

– Carolina Style Chopped Pork: The mild flavors of our house prepared pork beg for a whiskey cocktail on the lighter side. If you ordered something stronger, like an Old Fashioned, the fresh pork flavors would fall to the wayside.

– Churrasco Steak: Okay, this one isn’t smoked but it’s definitely worth mentioning. Our churrasco steak is served with a specially prepared chimichurri sauce. Consider a Backwoods Bourbon Punch to highlight the exotic flavors of the dish.

– The Sliced Brisket Sandwich: As one of our most popular lunch specials, it’s not often we see it paired with whiskey. Next time you pop in for a long weekend lunch, venture into the idea of a dark liquor with your meal. Ask about our seasonal cocktail on tap!

Come Eat and Drink with Us at Valley Smoke this Summer!

It’s hard to beat Intracoastal views, great food and an impressive bar. If you’re unsure how to pair your meal with a whiskey cocktail this season, chat with one of our bartenders. We train our team members on the art of food and cocktails to make the most of your dining experience.

Place your take out order here or book a reservation for your next trip in. We can’t wait to see you!

Private events look a bit different in 2020 than they have in the past. Smaller guest lists, ultra-sanitization requirements and socially distanced venues are a few traits of the modern-day party. We’re not here to stress you out or take away the fun, though. Valley Smoke happens to be the perfect spot for private parties this summer. From outstanding food and drinks to the breathtaking views, here’s why you should look no further for your next event locale:

Offer Your Guests the Dining (and Drinking) Experience They Crave

Valley Smoke is a coveted dining destination for a reason. We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but you just can’t beat mouthwatering modern BBQ with a view of the Intracoastal. Guests from Jacksonville and beyond will appreciate the care that goes into your curated dining and cocktail menu. 

Our team works closely with every private event host to build a menu that’s right for their guests. You can choose from passed hors d’oeuvres, a formal sit-down meal or simply an open bar. Any combination of options is possible, depending on the size and nature of your event. 

Choose From an Intimate Private Dining Room, Sprawling Outdoor Space, or Four Other Spaces

Six private event space options takes your entertaining possibilities to a whole new level. The location you choose can focus on privacy, waterfront views, socialization and more. Take a look at our event spaces below. 

– The Hearth Room: 75-120 guests, cozy setting that’s perfect for holiday parties

– The East Room: up to 8 guests, overlooks an oak tree, ideal for intimate dinners

– The Lawn/Dockside: 200-300 guests, waterfront outdoor space under the oaks

– The Lounge: 40-50 guests, browse the whiskey wall while you enjoy the cocktail lounge

– The Porch: 45-55 guests, semi-private space overlooking the waterway

We Accommodate Events of Nearly Every Size and Purpose

Our diverse venue selection is ideal for wedding receptions, holiday meals, corporate cocktail hours and so much more. Work with our creative events team to coordinate the decorations, menu and services you envision.

There are countless perks to hosting your event with us. AV capabilities allow for tech set-up, a custom menu keeps pricing straightforward and an open bar keeps the fun going all night long. 

Chat with the Valley Smoke Events Coordinator Today!

Valley Smoke was built with one thing in mind — to provide top-notch BBQ and cocktails to locals and visitors. Whether you simply pop in for a drink at the bar or consider our venue the perfect spot for your next big event, our team is here to help. 

Contact Laura Hayes for or all private dining and event questions. We’ll work with you to create a custom menu, choose the perfect location and create the event you envision. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Late spring and early summer are the perfect times to dine outside in Jacksonville. The humidity is still at bay, mosquitoes keep to a minimum and the weather is pure bliss. Whether you opt for an alfresco brunch on your patio or head to Valley Smoke, we’re here with delicious ideas for your next summer brunch spread. 

Mashed Avocado on Sourdough

Some call it trendy, we think it’s here to stay. Avocado toast is a year-round crowd pleaser and so easy to serve large groups. Here’s how to make enough for a party of four:

Ingredients:

4 avocados, sliced and smashed in a medium bowl

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

½ red onion, diced

½ cup crumbled feta

Kosher salt and pepper

Squeeze of fresh lemon

Loaf of freshly baked sourdough, cut in thick slices

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mash the avocados and mix in the tomatoes and onion. Add the lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Lightly stir in half the feta, reserving the rest for topping. 

Meanwhile, add the sliced bread in one layer on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for five minutes (or until the top layer is crisp). Generously spread the avocado mash on each piece, and top with feta and some S&P. 

Baked Eggs with Seasonal Herbs

This egg recipe is adapted from Ina Garten and unlike anything you’ve ever tried. Take our word for it! One of the top perks is that you likely have all the ingredients in your pantry already. Pair this dish with the avocado toast for a match made in heaven. 

Ingredients:

¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan 

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp fresh parsley, minced

½ tsp fresh thyme, minced

½ tsp rosemary, minced

12 large eggs

2 tbsp salted butter

Zest of half a lemon

¼ cup heavy whipping cream

Kosher salt and pepper

Preheat the broiler. Combine the first five ingredients and set aside. Place the butter and cream in a small casserole dish or glass pie dish. Place under the broiler for a couple of minutes, until bubbly. 

Crack the eggs into the dish and top with the herb mixture, salt and pepper. Broil for another five minutes, until the whites are cooked. Remove from oven and set aside for a minute while the eggs continue to cook. 

Visit Valley Smoke for All of Your Brunch Favorites

It just doesn’t get better than breakfast with a view. When you’re ready to venture outside your home for a meal, Valley Smoke is here. Opt for one (or two!) of our seasonal cocktails, a few brunch or lunch entrees and just relax. 

Call ahead to make a reservation or place a takeout order. We can’t wait to see you!

American barbeque has a history that spans generations. Cultures from every corner of the country add their own twist year over year. From molasses-based sauces to tangy mustard varieties, the Valley Smoke pit crew is here to explain the differences between classic BBQ creations and modern takes.

Classic Varieties by Region

The four primary styles of barbeque come from Memphis, North Carolina, Kansas City, and Texas. Each region is known for a very specific type of sauce and meat preparation. While these four ‘que hotspots claim the original titles, great cooks and restaurateurs put their own spin on these classic preparations.  

Memphis totes a tomato-based sauce, particularly delicious on the renowned pulled pork shoulder. North Carolina slides the whole pig in a smoker then slathers it in a vinegar-based sauce. Slow-smoked meat from Kansas City gets its flavor from a dry rub and a thick, sweet sauce. And Texans? Well, they have a different style for each part of the state. However they each prepare their meat, it’s always paired with a thin vinegar-based sauce. 

The Ins-and-Outs of New ‘Que

Contemporary approaches to traditional smoke shacks offer unique flavors we all know and love. Aside from curated decor and regional memorabilia, you can expect a varied menu with a slew of offerings. 

At Valley Smoke, we put a huge focus on perfectly prepared meats. From options you’d expect (like brisket and ribs) to unique additions (like hot links and churrasco steak), there’s something for everyone at our waterfront pit stop. 

Along with the delicious meats on the menu, we add modern options like:

– Oak Smoked Burrata

– Smoked Pork Belly Ramen

– Wood Grilled Cauliflower Steak

21st century BBQ restaurants offer a combination of classics and gourmet takes. Inventive apps, creative sides, and decadent desserts are all expected staples on modern-day barbeque menus. 

Our Favorite Classic + Modern Meal Pairings

You have so many wonderful choices at Valley Smoke this spring. There are thousands of meal combinations, starting with an indulgent appetizer and finishing with a shareable dessert. Of course, the best meals combine BBQ staples with our own gourmet twists. Here are a few multi-course dining ideas to spur your imagination:

– Fried Green Tomatoes + Heritage St Louis Style Ribs + Hummingbird Cake

– Crispy Chicken Livers + The Chopped Brisket Sandwich + Cucumber Basil Gimlet

– Wood-Fire Local Shrimp + Filet Mignon + Banana Pudding

Is your mouth watering yet? Give us a call or drop by today to check out our seasonal menu offerings and sample a few local favorites. We look forward to serving you!

We’re not here to steer you away from the classic ‘que options. From ribs to ribeyes and everything in between, old fashioned southern BBQ is as good as it gets. Although, there’s something to be said for the mouthwatering recipes that have come from the BBQ evolution. If you haven’t ventured outside your comfort zone recently when dining with us, we have a few Valley Smoke favorites that might just tempt your palate:

PV Yacht Club Sandwich

This loaded-up Valley Smoke favorite isn’t for the faint of heart. It all starts with an outstanding six ounce beef tenderloin. Not sure it can get any better than that? Our chefs kick it up a notch with a toasted brioche bun, jack cheese, grilled red onions, arugula and house-made steak sauce.

Locals and visitors alike choose this sandwich year-round. It’s substantial enough to share and totally acceptable for lunch or dinner. If you opt to split this sandwich, balance out your meal with a couple of our fresh sides. Our favorite pairings include a mixed green salad or yuca fries and lime.

House Made Hot Links

This is one of those BBQ staples that doesn’t get its time in the spotlight. We like to look at hot links as the perfect accompaniment to your other meat choices. That’s where the ‘Que for Two comes in. Hot links add a pop of sweetness and a little spice to traditional choices like brisket and chicken.

Of course, hot links are tasty enough to be the star of their own show. Our house-made hot links platter comes with pickles, house garlic toast and your choice of two sides. Complement the flavors of the meat with sides like poblano creamed corn or mac ‘n’ cheese.

Valley Smoke Reuben

A great Reuben is hard to come by. You’re in luck because the Valley Smoke chefs and pitmasters have taken this classic sandwich to a whole new level. We thinly slice our house pastrami onto a thick piece of marble rye. Next, we top it off with sauerkraut, baby swiss and Russian dressing.

It’s really freaking good — and even better with a strong Roscoe Sunset. This specialty cocktail combines Elijah Craig small batch bourbon, Pama pomegranate liqueur and fresh lemonade.

Come Explore Your BBQ Options at Valley Smoke

You’re seriously missing out if you haven’t tried these three Valley Smoke staples. Our team consistently works to keep our menu fresh, our ingredients top-quality and our meat out-of-this-world.

Is your mouth watering yet? We don’t blame you! Head over to our website to make a reservation for your next visit.

Nothing improves a stressful day at the office like an irresistible waterfront cocktail hour. From budget-friendly apps to boozy beverages, weekday evenings don’t get any better than happy hour at Valley Smoke. If you’re craving the warmer weather and cocktails with some friends, look no further than our food and drink specials with a view. 

De-Stress with Beer, Wine or a Cocktail

The only thing better than a glass of something strong after a long day is when it’s on special. From 4-6:30 pm on Mondays through Thursdays, it’s your opportunity to try something new on our drink menu. Our happy hour drink offerings includes many delicious options:

  • Old Soul Wine: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Petite Syrah, Pure Red Blend
  • Bud Light and Miller Lite
  • Yuengling Draft
  • “Well Made” Single Mix Drink
  • Drink Of The Day

All of these drinks are between $4 and $7, which makes it a no-brainer to order a couple over great conversation with friends. 

Snack on Something Good this Evening

Some places only offer discounts of drinks during happy hour. After a busy day, the Valley Smoke crew knows you need something to eat, too. While plenty of our customers drop by for the countless options at our whiskey bar, most know you can’t leave without ordering some irresistible BBQ. 

In addition to your drink order, indulge in one of our happy hour appetizers this season. All of these classic southern snacks get a much-appreciated modern twist at Valley Smoke. Sample one or all of them with prices between $5 and $7. 

  • Farm House Mini Ham Sandwiches
  • Cocktail Pimento Cheese w/ Benne Crackers
  • Deviled Farm Eggs w/ crispy Buffalo Chicken Skins
  • BBQ House Potato Chips w/ Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dip
  • Fresh Milled Corn Bread w/ Whipped Honey Butter

Relax with Us at Valley Smoke’s Weekly Happy Hour

Valley Smoke offers one of the best happy hours in Jacksonville for many reasons. Anywhere can pour you an affordable beer, but not many spots can do it with a breathtaking view. From our mini putt putt course and Intracoastal views to our delicious southern meals, there’s something for everyone at Valley Smoke. 

Are you ready to enjoy the spring weather in Ponte Vedra? We don’t blame you! This short winter has us all craving the great Florida outdoors. Stop by for Valley Smoke’s happy hour Monday through Thursday from 4-6:30 pm. We can’t wait to see you!