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Hardwood Smokehouse

5400 SW College Rd, Heath Brook Station, Publix Shopping Center, Ocala, FL 34474-5756
+1 352-732-3677
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“baby back ribs” (22 reviews)
“coleslaw” (26 reviews)
“pulled pork” (38 reviews)
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Barbecue, American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5400 SW College Rd, Heath Brook Station, Publix Shopping Center, Ocala, FL 34474-5756
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was three of us and we were very excited to try this place while visiting due to the great reviews. The brisket came in full of oil - I never had something so odd. BBQ sauce tasted like ketchup. Will not come back.

Thank A A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Found this gem near the end of a cross country road trip. We got basic BBQ (pulled pork) and were not disappointed. It is 2 miles from the interstate exit and a much better dining option. Patrons order at a counter and the food is...More

Thank ginnyeric94
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our way home from a early afternoon appointment we decided to stop and have an early bit to eat. Their dinner time hadn't started yet so the place was very quiet. You seat your self and when you are ready to order you go...More

Thank pmum1937
Reviewed 5 March 2018

I was very disappointed in the food given all the rave reviews it has received. Coming from an area that has amazing BBQ this is absolutely not deserving of the good reviews it has received. The meat is mushy, the sauces are uninspired and the...More

Thank Caramia S
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

This place got good reviews, so we tried it. Very disappointed. The biggest issue is the pulled pork. It was mush with no texture whatsoever. BBQ can be tender, but it still needs to have the texture of meat. Baked beans were nothing special (way...More

Thank Smithwick
Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Stayed at Hilton and the area is full of the regular franchise choices. But a drive down the road and tucked in a strip mall is this gem. Had the burger and it was the perfect end to the day. Nice selection of beers. The...More

Thank daisyfm
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Very good barbecue. Had the brisket. Excellent. The sauce selection is ideal. Sides very good. (Mac and cheese and corn nuggets) Ho cake is a must!

Thank Bob M
Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

As another patron stated: Average at best. Nothing really wrong here. Just another place to try out. Not a real sit down type of place. More like fast food with a booth. $18:00. 1/2 rack and a drink. I’ll give them a 7 anyway.

Thank Dirtbroke C
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Wasn't a huge fan of this BBQ restaurant. The BBQ was a little on the greasy side. Coleslaw was good as were the giant hoe cakes; clean restaurant and friendly staff -- just didn't care for the flavor of the BBQ.

Thank Vicki N
Reviewed 19 January 2018

This is not a real sit down restaurant that it appears on the website. You go in order at the counter and they deliver to your table. If you order wine it comes in a plastic cup poured from a bottle out of an ice...More

Thank UsedCarKing
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21 April 2015|
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Response from seniortraveler8383 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure but do agree with the temps increasing in Ocala this time of yr. There is outside seating but depending on the time of day, there might not be enuf shade for a dog. Probably the best idea is to call the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 8:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5400 SW College Rd, Heath Brook Station, Publix Shopping Center, Ocala, FL 34474-5756
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Ocala
  • Phone Number: +1 352-732-3677
  • E-mail
Welcome to Hardwood Smokehouse, Ocala's locally owned and family operated BBQ Restaurant & Catering Service. We feature Competition-Style Barbecue thru our Low & Slow method of hardwood smoking. We serve our tasty and tender meats straight out of the smoker and leave the choice of sauce up to you. We offer casual dining with Counter-Service. Simply place your order with a Cashier, and we'll take care of the rest. No gratuities expected. Beer & Wine available. Feed your Crew the Best BBQ in Town! Call our Catering Team at (352) 732-FOR-Q *Dine-In & To-Go *Pickup by the Pound *Delivery & Set-up *Full-Service Catering
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