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!

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a sweet treat at the end of your multi-course meal. When you join us for a meal this season at Valley Smoke, you’ll instantly feel at home. From the elegant whiskey bar to the waterfront backdrop, we built our restaurant to welcome every single guest with open arms. After you enjoy some of the best smoked meat on the planet (in our humble opinion…), the natural next step is to order one of our swoon-worthy desserts. Here are a few of our favorites:

Keep it Classic with Old Fashioned Banana Pudding

There’s nothing boring about the way our banana pudding comes together. Every southerner knows how to perfectly prepare some homemade bread pudding, and our expert chefs are no exception. Of course, we add our special touches to take it to the next level. Don’t worry — you’ll still get all the ‘nilla wafers your heart desires!

If you’re one to indulge in an after-dinner drink, this dessert pairs particularly well with a glass of Chenin Blanc or Prosecco. Banana pudding is the perfect nightcap to a meal of smoked meat and down-home southern side dishes. Trust us, you can’t go wrong with this order. 

Indulge in a Decadent Chocolate Caramel Brownie

You simply can’t go wrong with the rich mixture of white and dark chocolate, salted caramel and luxardo cherry syrup. Each brownie is baked to perfection. You know what we mean — chewy and soft on the inside with a little bit of crisp on the exterior. Make it even better with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

Share this dessert with your date over a glass of something strong. The fall flavors of the Rock & Rye pair particularly well with the sweetness of our brownies. 

You Simply Can’t Go Wrong with a Slice of Hummingbird Cake

You know you’re in the south when hummingbird cake is on the menu! It might sound fancy or totally foreign, but the ingredients of a hummingbird cake bear a slight resemblance to carrot cake. We prepare every cake with a dash of cinnamon, crushed pineapple, pecans and vanilla. Each slice is generously slathered with homemade cream cheese frosting. 

We love this dessert because it doesn’t leave you walking out of the restaurant with an uncomfortably full stomach. Of course, we always recommend ordering one or two different desserts and sharing with the whole table. 

Skip the Calorie Counting and Spend Your Valentine’s Day with Us

Our meat is wonderfully prepared, cocktails expertly mixed and desserts baked to perfection. Between the waterfront views to the intimate atmosphere, Valley Smoke is a no brainer for your Valentine’s Day plans. 

Book your reservation with us here. We can’t wait to help you celebrate this season!

Okay, okay…we’ll admit brisket probably isn’t the first dish that comes to mind when you think “romance”. We’re here to silence the naysayers and broaden your perspective of a classic Valentine’s Day dinner. When it really comes down to it, a great dinner with your S/O is all about the setting and the quality of food and drinks you order. Everything from a box of Whoppers to a piece of Wagyu can fit the bill for a romantic February dinner. If you’re on the fence about opting for BBQ this holiday, we’re here to close the case for you and your date. 

Modern Southern BBQ Changes the Game for Diners

Hole-in-the-wall smokehouses are no longer the rule to BBQ joints, rather the exception. Don’t get us wrong, we still love the down-home classics that started it all. Valley Smoke takes everything you love about traditional BBQ and adds our own contemporary approach. 

In-house smoked meat? Check. Irresistible side dishes that are totally outside your diet? Absolutely. A less-than-desirable restaurant setting in the middle of nowhere? No way Jose. That’s one of the ways we do things differently. 

We can’t think of a more romantic setting in Jacksonville than waterfront dining on the Intracoastal. Indulge in beautifully plated portions of your favorite BBQ classics and outstanding comforting side dishes with a modern gourmet twist. 

Get Cozy with Your S/O and Order Your Meal to Share

Valentine’s dinner is all about spending quality time with the one you love (or really, really like…we don’t know your relationship status!) No dining experience brings two people closer than sharing multiple courses of delicious food. 

Venture outside of your comfort zone and sample foods of all kinds. A few of our favorite dishes to share include: 

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

BBQ Pairs Beautifully with Your Favorite Drinks

We have no clue what your favorite drink is. But you know what? We *know* it goes well with  BBQ. It’s hard to think of a drink that doesn’t work with perfectly cooked meat. Whether you fancy red wine, rye whiskey or root beer, you’ll be hard-fought to find a beverage that doesn’t bode well with BBQ. 

Of course, we do have our favorite food and drink pairings. If you and your partner plan to have a boozy Valentine’s day, we’ve got you covered at Valley Smoke

  • 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
  • Old Fashioned: 1792 Small Batch Bourbon, Luxardo Cherries, Bittermilk Old Fashioned Mix, Fresh Orange

Come try all of your BBQ favorites and more at Valley Smoke this Valentine’s Day. Whether you crave a perfectly cooked steak or a slab of ribs, you can’t go wrong with BBQ for your romantic dinner. Book your reservation today to snag your favorite table with a waterfront view. We can’t wait to help you celebrate!

Sweets in the cold weather quickly transition from ice cream and frozen yogurt to warm brownies and slices of cake. Hey, we’re not mad about it! When you step in the doors of Valley Smoke, you immediately feel warm and welcome. From the cozy seating and elegant whiskey wall to the impressive view of the Intracoastal, we have no doubt you’ll feel right at home. After you settle in and indulge in the best dang BBQ on this side of the Mississippi, it’s time to satisfy that sweet tooth with one of our irresistible desserts. 

Hummingbird Cake is a Local Favorite in the Halls of Valley Smoke

If you’re new to the south or aren’t much of a baker, hummingbird cake is probably a foreign concept. Boy, are you in for a treat. Every slice of this spice cake combines just the right amount of cinnamon, pecans, pineapple, banana and vanilla. Top it all off with homemade cream cheese frosting for a dessert made in heaven. 

Hummingbird cake doesn’t leave you feeling overly full like many dense desserts. This is the perfect dessert to follow a big meal of southern sides and smoked meat. Round out your dessert with a glass of red wine for your nightcap. 

Nothing is Quite as Luxurious as Our Chocolate Caramel Brownie

It’s hard to beat the decadent combination of rich white and dark chocolate, salty caramel and luxardo cherry syrup. Oh, yeah. It also comes with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is one of the most popular desserts at Valley Smoke for good reason. After filling up on delicious BBQ dishes, there’s always room left for a brownie. 

A few bites of this delicious dessert pair perfectly with a classic old fashioned. The sweet flavors of the dessert are beautifully balanced by the strong and sweet mix of this cocktail staple. 

Stay Warm this Winter with the Help of Valley Smoke

We have stiff drinks, sweet treats and everything in between to keep you warm this winter. Valley Smoke is nestled right on the beautiful Intracoastal, in between lovely Ponte Vedra homes and extensive greenery. 

If you haven’t had a chance to stop in this season, we can’t think of a better time than when the temperature begins to drop. Nestle up by our whiskey wall or grab a table with a view — whatever you choose, you’re in for a wonderful dinner and dessert to remember. 

Make your reservation here. We can’t wait to see you this fall!

The cool weather is right around the corner for Florida locals. Aside from richly flavored lattes and cozy scarves, it’s finally time to indulge in some of our favorite full-bodied winter wines. The Valley Smoke crew might be Ponte Vedra’s resident BBQ experts, but we also know a thing or two about great wine. Check out our go-to guide on what to sip this season (and how to pair them with your BBQ favorites).

Our Favorite Food and Wine Pairings this Season

Fruit-Forward Cabernet Sauvignon

The longer a Cabernet ages, the bolder it becomes. 2014 and 2016 Cabernets offer some of the most nuanced flavor profiles. Indulge in one of Valley Smoke’s hand-selected Cabernets to experience the true boldness a good red wine can offer.

We recommend you choose rich foods to pair with a tannin-forward red like a Cabernet. Our Oak Smoked Burrata, Beef Brisket and Wood Grilled Pork Chop all perfectly complement a comforting glass of Cab.

Crisp Rosé

Rosé isn’t just a summer wine, ya’ll. We’re telling you to officially kick the stereotype to the curb and pop a bottle of pink wine in the winter. Come on, you know you want to! Choose a Rosé that’s redder in flavor, signaling bolder flavors perfect for cold weather. Some of the best winter options come from California and Tuscany, opposed to the beautiful summer Rosés from France.

Pair your delicious glass of Rosé with milder dishes this winter. The Atlantic Salmon Filet, Good Breed Chicken and Roast Beet Salad are all matches made in heaven for pink wine. A local favorite in PV is a glass of crisp Rosé and Valley Smoke’s Roast Beet Salad with pecans, pears, Georgia blue cheese, baby spinach and honey sherry vinaigrette.

Unoaked Chardonnay

Unoaked Chardonnay offers a unique flavor profile that most casual wine drinkers absolutely love. It’s a buttery winter wine choice that plays well with so many seasonal entrees. Living near the water, we love pairing a chilled glass with fresh seafood.

The smooth flavors of Chardonnay make it the perfect accompaniment to Heritage St Louis Style Ribs, Local Shrimp & Chorizo Pasta or the Seared Snapper Pozole.

Enjoy Wine & BBQ with a View at Valley Smoke

We can’t think of anything better than indulging in expertly crafted bbq dishes and seasonal wine while soaking in views of the Intracoastal. Wander over to a cozy chair on our deck to savor your winter wine selection before dinner is served. We promise it’ll be one of the highlights of your week.

Make a reservation here. We can’t wait to see you this fall!

You know those rare dining experiences that are almost too good to explain? We don’t mean to toot our own horn (okay, maybe a little…), but our housemade hotlinks fit the bill. Slip through Valley Smoke’s entry and escape for a meal you simply won’t be able to forget. From the first sip of your cocktail to the last bite of Hummingbird cake, your Valley Smoke experience is sure to be an adventure. We’re here with a few irresistible reasons to indulge in the hot links next time you join us. 

Hot Links are the Perfect Addition to the ‘Que for Two/Four

Barbeque can fill you up quickly if you’re not careful. Fatty cuts of brisket and spoonfuls of creamed corn need to be balanced out by something a little bit lighter. Our hot links are prepared in house using the perfect cuts of meat to cut through the heaviness. 

The subtle kick of spice and burst of juicy flavors is the perfect complement to our more mellow meats. Pair your hot links with beef brisket and good breed chicken for a well-rounded platter of flavors. 

Pair with Two Sides for the Perfect Light Lunch

Watching your waistline? Valley Smoke has got ‘ya covered. Our hot links are the perfect portion size when accompanied by two light sides. Hot links, brisket baked beans and creamed spinach are healthy-ish comfort food at its finest. 

There’s simply nothing more southern than a good ‘ole plate of barbeque, especially if when hot links are in the picture. This down south classic dish plays well with other meats and is agreeable enough for even the pickiest of eaters. 

A Burst of Flavor Like Nothing You’ve Experienced

Sausage is dull and flavorless if it’s not prepared well. If you order hot links at a restaurant south of the Mason-Dixon, you want an explosion of flavor in every bite of the moist sausage. You’re in luck because that’s exactly what you’ll get at Valley Smoke. 

We carefully created a hot links recipe that rivals any restaurant in the south. The perfect combination of seasonings and well-cooked meat makes our hot links practically irresistible.

Visit Valley Smoke this Fall to Get Your Fix

One of our favorite times of the year in Jacksonville is the crisp fall season. It’s the perfect temperature for an outdoor meal with a beautiful waterfront view. If you’ve never dined with us before at Valley Smoke, you’re in for a treat! Get ready for great food and delicious cocktails all with a panoramic scope of the Intracoastal. 

Book your reservation today!