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

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 at the barn I like to think of that community at that point in time, wondering how many of those people contributed to building and erecting the barn.

Between then and now most of the barn's history is unknown. It was last used as a self-storage building, having been partitioned into 4 separate compartments. 


That Magnificent Barn
The barn's frame is made from White Oak and measures 40'x60'. The size oft he posts and beams are amazing when you consider that they were fashioned by hand from single trees. 

There are 4 rafter plates, each measuring 8"x8" and 60-feet long, 5 tie beams measuring 12"x12" and 40-feet long, 20 posts measuring 21"x21" and 13-feet long. All of these were cut from individual trees and crafted by hand! 


Deconstructing the Barn
The work of carefully taking down the barn began in October 2018. Ohio Barn Salvage started the deconstruction process while, back here in Missouri, the new home of the barn was getting prepped and concrete was being poured. 

Once the barn was deconstructed, it was loaded onto a semi to begin the journey to its new hometown. One fun fact that makes this building extra special is that all of the original wood was usable!  


Becoming The Barn-B-Que
On January 15th, 2019, after some weather delays, the assembly of the barn was started. By the first week of February, this future restaurant was in the dry and had really taken shape. Finally, after a lot of hard work and attention to detail, on May 23, 2019, the Barn-B-Que opened its doors for business!  



Wow, just imagine if those walls could talk! We are proud to have been able to preserve this amazing antique barn, transport it from over 650 miles away, and finally turn it into a family-friendly restaurant & bar at the Lake of the Ozarks for everyone to gather and enjoy a delicious meal together. Now those walls will begin recording the tales of a new generation right here in mid-Missouri as The Barn-B-Que Smokehouse




Lake of the Ozarks’ Craft BBQ Smokehouse


14 Ravenwood Drive
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

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