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!

We could really sum this up with just a few words — gourmet southern food with waterfront views. Brunch is practically a weekend pastime here in Jacksonville, and we’re prepared to make the case for Saturday and Sunday mornings at the pit. Between the fresh-pressed juices and our modern twist on classic brunch favorites, you’re in for a treat when you spend your morning at Valley Smoke. 

Shareables Even the Kids will Love

Encourage the little ones to venture outside their pancakes and waffles comfort zone. Start your meal off with an order of beignets or mini jalapeno cornbread muffins. We promise that caramel sauce and powdered sugar coating the beignets are irresistible even to the pickiest eater. 

While the adults sip something strong to kick off the weekend, your kids will love the pre-brunch snacks. It’s not every day you find appetizers at a brunch spot! Many of our team members are parents themselves, so we understand the value of getting good food on the table right away. 

Space to Relax Before and After Your Meal

Sometimes all you need on a Sunday morning is a delicious meal and some relaxation. Play a little putt-putt on our green, chase the kids around in the grass or kick back on the cushioned chairs at the end of our dock. 

We certainly know a thing or two about great food here at Valley Smoke, but we also consider ourselves relaxation experts. When we’re not in the kitchen, we’re at the end of our dock with a cold drink. There’s just something so special about the peace and quiet of the Intracoastal

Brunch Entrees Like You’ve Never Experienced

We wanted to do something different with our brunch menu to set us apart from other Jacksonville brunch spots. Our specialty is great meat, so it’s only natural for our brunch menu to be an extension of our lunch and dinner. 

Some of your BBQ favorites from dinner have made their way onto the morning menu. Big fan of brisket? Yeah, us too. Brace yourself for the brisket hash and eggs with peppers, sweet onions, crispy potatoes, cheese, fried eggs and salsa. If you have more of a sweet tooth, you’ll feel right at home with our southern fried chicken and waffles with a local honey sriracha gravy.

Spend Your Weekend with Us at Valley Smoke

With a brunch menu this good, we don’t blame you if you come two days in a row. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. Be sure to book a reservation to get your favorite table. 

Don’t forget about brunch cocktails! We offer our full bar menu during brunch, but the Valley Smoke Bloody Mary packs the perfect punch to start your day off right.

Nothing is quite as satisfying as some mid-summer BBQ. If you’re headed out on the boat or simply want a no-fuss meal, a sandwich is always the answer. No one in Jacksonville does BBQ sandwiches better than the pit crew at Valley Smoke. If you read this post while you’re hungry, we have no doubt you’ll head up to our smoke shack on Roscoe in no time. Without further ado, here are three of the best sandwiches on this side of the Mississippi. 

Farm House Mini Sandwiches

Sure, these are an appetizer. But we couldn’t tell you how many times guests order these petite sandwiches as their main entree. If you’re one of those people who turns leftover Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner into sandwiches the next day, then this is the choice for you.

Every bite of these sliders is the perfect blend of sweet and salty. Buttermilk biscuits, house-cured country ham and irresistible pepper jelly are matches made in sandwich heaven. Make it a meal by adding a mixed green salad on the side. 

PV Yacht Club Sandwich

Kick it up a notch with this hearty Valley Smoke favorite. The PV Yacht Club sandwich is the Rolls Royce of sandwiches (if we do say so ourselves). Indulge in six whopping ounces of beef tenderloin, a warm toasted brioche bun, jack cheese, grilled red onions, arugula and house-made steak sauce. Seriously, does it get better than that?

This sandwich is a year-round dinner favorite for obvious reasons. While it’s a bit on the heavier side, many couples often share it and add some sides. We love pairing it with coleslaw and french fries. 

The Grilled Cheese

That’s right. It’s not just a grilled cheese, it’s the grilled cheese. While BBQ and meat might be our thing, we certainly know a thing or two about a dang good grilled cheese sandwich. It all starts with our house-made buttermilk white bread. We top it with a secret three cheese blend and a side of simple tomato soup.

Low key? Yes. Low flavor? Absolutely not. This is a great lunch or dinner options for kiddos, vegetarians and cheese lovers everywhere. Start your meal with a garden salad to add some healthy vegetables.

Find Your New Favorite Sandwich at Valley Smoke

It’s hard not to order a platter of BBQ meat or a big steak when you dine at Valley Smoke. Venture outside your comfort zone on your next visit and give one of our irresistible sandwiches a try. We have seven different sandwiches for you to try and have no doubt you’ll love every single one. 

Make a reservation today! We can’t wait to see you. 

If you like to sip something strong during your main course, you’re in good company at Valley Smoke. Whiskey isn’t just a spirit reserved for dark speakeasies or stately libraries. Nope. Modern whiskey drinkers like you enjoy a chilled glass of the good stuff just about anywhere. If you’re craving a top-shelf cocktail (or something a little cheaper, we’re not judging) with your meal, here are our favorite entree pairings to round out your drinking experience.
Ribs from the Pit are the Perfect Whiskey Partner
Heritage St Louis Style Ribs go great with just about anything, but especially a strong whiskey cocktail. The Valley Smoke whiskey wall boasts countless different varieties of everyone’s favorite dark liquor. While you can’t go wrong with any of them, some of our signature cocktails pair especially well with our BBQ meat.

Aahhh, the Old Fashioned. We mix Eagle Rare 10 year bourbon with Luxardo cherries, Bittermilk Old Fashioned mix and a fresh orange slice. It’s classic, it’s honest and it just tastes right. This simple libation is the perfect complement to a good ‘ole rack of ribs.
Whiskey in One Hand and a Valley Smoke Reuben in the Other
When you think of a great dinner to accompany your equally-as-good glass of liquor, you likely don’t think of a sandwich. Well, hear us out on this one. Whiskey is a complex, rich drink that pairs perfectly with fresh rye bread and mild slices of deli meat. That’s where the Reuben comes in.

Our Valley Smoke Reuben is a favorite amongst team members and customers alike. We thinly slice our house pastrami onto marble rye. Then, we top it off with sauerkraut, baby swiss and Russian dressing. It’s dang good — and even better with a Roscoe Sunset. This cocktail combines Elijah Craig small batch bourbon, Pama pomegranate liqueur and fresh lemonade.
The Gentleman’s Favorite: Steak and a Strong Beverage
At risk of becoming a cliche, it’s important we mention just how good the Valley Smoke steak really is. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t even bother putting this classic pairing on the list.

Indulge in a perfectly cooked 14-ounce ribeye that’s finished with southwestern chile butter, arugula salad and fries. Sound outstanding? Oh yeah, we know. Top it all off with a Manhattan. Well, not just any Manhattan. Prepare yourself for Col E.H. Taylor small batch bourbon, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters and a Luxardo cherry. It all sounds similar to meals of your past, but it’s just so, so much better.
Reserve Your Table for the Perfect Whiskey Dinner this Summer
Whether you want a spot indoors with views of the whiskey wall or a table outside overlooking the Intracoastal, we’ve got ‘ya covered over at Valley Smoke. Make your reservation here. We can’t wait to see you!

A well-rounded meal begins with the first sip of your whiskey cocktail and the last bite of that sweet dessert. The Valley Smoke pit crew looks at BBQ as a science and eating as an art. Swap paint brushes for a fork and knife and we’re in business! In a society where dining is often rushed and true flavor pairings are no longer savored, we’re here to bring back the beauty of the perfect meal.

Tried-and-True Tips for a Well Balanced Dinner

1. Savor cream-based foods during just one course. A heavy appetizer like a cream-based soup may be too much if followed by creamy side dishes during the main course. The one exception to the rule is dessert, of course. If you’re in the mood for a scoop of ice cream, we say go for it.

2. Avoid ordering different menu items that have duplicating flavors. If you opt for a burrata appetizer, you likely wouldn’t order a burrata pasta dish. (You’re in luck! We focus on meats for our mains here at Valley Smoke.)

3. The sauce is such an important part of the flavor profile that we recommend you enjoy each sauce only once. If chimichurri plays a major role in one of your side dishes, it may not be complementary to order a main course with the same flavor profiles.

4. It’s rare to see sweet fruits as the focal point of an appetizer. Why, exactly? Sugary foods dull the appetite, which is why chefs typically save them for the last course. Grapefruit and watermelon are the only exceptions!

Complementary Elements are Key to a Great Meal

The perfect meal blends contrasting flavors and taste elements into an excellent combination of courses. Here’s what we’re talking about:

1. Complementing Textures: There’s just something so refreshing about a perfectly moist piece of meat contrasted by crunchy grilled veggies or a crisp salad. Soft and crunchy textures blend together so well, which is why soup and salad is the perfect combo.

2. Complementing Flavors: We’re talking about fresh herbs, marinades and seasonings. Certain foods lack bold flavors, like romaine lettuce. Subtle foods are the perfect complement to flavor-forward dishes.

3. Complementing Colors: A colorful plate of fresh food is a true sight for the eyes. Focus on a combination of colors when creating your main dish. Bright shades of green, yellow and red (we’re talking about veggies, here!) alongside meats are a sign of a healthy, balanced meal.

Experience the Perfect Meal at Valley Smoke BBQ

We’ve traveled far and wide to create dishes juuuust right for our friends all over Jacksonville. When you walk into Valley Smoke this season, you’ll find seasonal ingredients, top-quality meats and outstanding cocktails.

Make a reservation here and come on by this summer. We can’t wait to see you!