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The Origin of Barbecue

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What comes to mind when someone says the word "barbecue"? Is it the act of cooking or the food itself? (Possibly, you immediately think of our Lake of the Ozarks BBQ restaurant & smokehouse!) 


This word is both a noun and a verb and most likely makes your mouth start watering every time that you hear it. Have you ever wondered who first came up with this incredible way of preparing food? Today the Barn-B-Que Smokehouse in Lake Ozark has some interesting information for you about the origin of BBQ. Thanks to these beginnings, today we are able to create the best BBQ at the Lake of the Ozarks for you to enjoy. 

Barbecue History Lesson
The English word "barbecue" comes from the Spanish word "barbacoa". Word historians believe that barbacoa is derived from "barabicu" from the language of the Arawak people of the Caribbean as well as the Timucua people of Florida. Some say the word can be traced back to Haiti and translated as a "framework of s…

The Intriguing History Behind the Barn-B-Que's Barn

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The best BBQ at the Lake of the Ozarks is mostly what people talk about when the Barn-B-Que Smokehouse is mentioned. Another topic of the conversation often includes compliments on the beauty and authentic look of the restaurant itself. 

Many diners don't realize that our barn wasn't built specifically to be a restaurant in Lake Ozark. It was actually built and used far away from here many years ago to be an actual barn! We just gave it a new purpose in life (and a much better smell now that it's filled with our savory smoked meats!) 


Oak Harbor Origins
The original barn that is now the home of our Lake of the Ozarks BBQ restaurant & smokehouse was built in Oak Harbor, Ohio, during the early 1850s. Oak Harbor got its name due to the importance of a nearby Portage River and the large stands of virgin White Oak abundant in the area. 

By 1850, Oak Harbor had become a community of 38 dwellings with 187 people. The Barn-B-Que's owner, Bill Borders, stated, "When I look…

Side Dishes That Make Our Delicious BBQ Taste Even Better!

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The best BBQ at the Lake of the Ozarks is most likely what you think of first when someone mentions the Barn-B-Que Smokehouse. While that is a very important part of why diners keep coming back again and again, there are also a few delicious "co-stars" on each plate that are sure to grab your attention too. 


We're talking about the scrumptious side dishes that we proudly serve each day on the menu at our Lake of the Ozarks BBQ restaurant & bar. Occasionally we feature some additional sides as a special for a particular day, so always be sure to ask about those when you come in to order. The following fantastic foods are staples on our daily menu and each one is extremely special in its own way already.  

Grandma Jayne's Camp Beans 
Grandma Jayne's award-winning recipe features 5 different bean varieties, our house sweet BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and chunky tomatoes. 

Grandma Jayne's Old-Fashioned Mustard Potato Salad
Grandma Jayne graciously treated us to yet an…

BBQ Dinners That Will Make Your Mouth Water!

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The Barn-B-Que Smokehouse features a wide variety of delicious items on our menu, but when you're really hungry it's time to turn to the section featuring our BBQ Dinners. There you'll find plates filled to the brim with the best BBQ at the Lake of the Ozarks



Delicious Dinners
The "BBQ Dinners" section of our menu has a nice variety of meals for you to choose from that will have your mouth watering just from reading the description! (Although once that fantastic smell hits your nose upon entering our Lake of the Ozarks restaurant & bar, your mouth probably started watering already!)

Here's a closer look at "what's for dinner" around here. Each of these plates also comes with two of our savory side dishes as well. 


Combo Dinners
Here you get to choose up to 3 different smoked meats on one plate!
1-Meat Dinner: Choose from porkturkeysausagehalf chicken.2 & 3-Meat Dinners: Choose from 4 ribsporkturkeysausage(Brisket may be substituted for a sma…

Highlight Your 4th of July Festivities with Barn-B-Que BBQ!

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When the 4th of July comes around, it's a safe bet that at least one of your meals over the holiday will include BBQ. This year, feast on the best BBQ at the Lake of the Ozarks by ordering it from the Barn-B-Que Smokehouse in Lake Ozark! We cook up the tastiest, most mouthwatering 'que 7 days a week to enjoy right here in our historic, reconstructed barn or at your place when you order it to-go.



BBQ Classics
The menu at our Lake of the Ozarks BBQ restaurant & smokehouse is a delicious combination of classic BBQ favorites and some unique dishes thrown in for a bit of variety. (After all, variety is the spice of life!) 

First up, here's a look at a few BBQ staples that are perfect for a hearty 4th of July feast. (But believe us, our menu's got a LOT more to offer beyond these tasty treats!) Enjoy them with one (or all) of our House BBQ Sauces. 

House BBQ Sauces

House Sweet - A sweet, slightly tangy sauceMustard Sauce - A Carolina-style vinegar-based sauce, excellent with …

3 Great Sides That Go With a Backyard Bar-B-Que

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The first thing you talk about when planning a Bar-B-Que with friends and family is the meat.  Once you have your meat chosen next you will need to discuss the sides that you will serve with the meal.  In this week’s blog, we will highlight 3 sides that we think go great with Bar-B-Que


Deviled Egg Potato Salad
This potato salad is a favorite when serving with bar-b-que.  It’s a creamy classic side that only takes about 30 minutes to prepare.  You will need the following to make 12 servings of potato salad: ●3 lbs. of potatoes ●9 eggs ●1 diced sweet yellow onion ●1 ½ cups on mayonnaise ●¼ cup of yellow mustard ●½ tsp. of salt ●½ tsp. of pepper
You can also add additional items:  diced dill pickles and herbs that you like. 
Instructions:  Rinse your potatoes under warm water.  Don’t be afraid to give them a little scrub.  Dice the potatoes in small pieces. Fill a large pot will water, the water should be about 1 inch over the potatoes.  Add some salt to bring to a boil.  Cook t…

Win the Big Bucks in the Big Bass Bash this Weekend

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Anglers from all over the nation will roll into the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend for the Big Bash Bash.With a chance of winning $100,000, amateur anglers have a chance to make money like the pros.Learn how you can register in one of the largest bass fishing tournaments in the nation in this week’s blog.

The Big Bass Bash is October 5th & 6th from 7 am to 3 pm each day. The awards ceremony will begin at 4:00 pm on Sunday the 6th at PB #2 (Grand Glaize State Park).To register for the tournament you have a few options. You can register online athttps://midwestfishtournaments.wufoo.com/forms/m2yvw8e1vbhnjs/or Friday, October 4th you can register in person at the Grand Glaize State Park (PB2).There will be several vendors set up throughout the day that you can check out.Friday registration will run from 12 pm - 8 pm.Anglers can also register Saturday and Sunday at any of the weigh-in locations starting at 6 am.
Entry Fees: 2 day - $1801 day - $13017 and younger receive half off entry…