Winter Haven Barbecue

Winter Haven Barbecue

Brock's Smoke Hut -  Classic Winter Haven Barbecue

When you think of classic Winter Haven BBQ, you need to consider Brock's Smoke Hut among the very best.   Operated in the true tradition of “Let the Meat Speak for Itself,”  Brock's is home to some of the tastiest smoked ribs, Boston Butt, whole chickens, turkey and sausage you'll ever wrap your lips around.

Some Basic Facts about Dennis Brock and the Brock's Smoke Hut

Dennis Brock - Brock's BBQDennis Brock is as close to a Winter Haven, Florida institution as you can get.   During college, he began working at Winter Haven's famous Cypress Gardens theme park.  He still speaks very fondly of the experience he had there working for it's original developer and visionary owners, Dick and Julie Pope.

Starting out in customer service in 1970, Dennis remained with Cypress Gardens throughout the mid 1990s.  Then, in 1995, he teamed up with 5 other partners who then bought Cypress Gardens from the Anheuser-Busch. In 2003, Brock and his partners sold the park, and he retired.

The Trouble with Retirement Is, You Have too Much Dang Time On Your Hands…

In talking with Dennis, one thing I caught onto quickly is that he likes to keep busy.  Of course, you can take a look at his Critter Creek Farm and Garden Supply Store “ a local Winter Haven Purina Distributorship “ will tell you that much, as it's hardly a business for the lazy!

And that brings us to his next business, Brock's Smoke Hut, a smoked barbecue experience not to be missed.

Winter Haven Barbecue RestaurantBrock's Smoke Hut.

4200 Dundee Road

Winter Haven, FL 33884

Phone: (863) 326-9640

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Our Review

Brock's Sign FullDennis Brock is the owner of Brock's Smoke Hut, a local Winter Haven Barbecue landmark.   One of only two Florida barbecue joints recognized by the National Barbecue News, this place is one to stick on your frequent dining list for sure.

Not only does Dennis put out some of the best smoked pork spare ribs, pulled pork, and whole smoked chickens around, but he's always keeping up on what's going in Florida Barbecue as a certified official barbecue cook-off competition judge here in the Florida.

Dennis buys quality IBP pork spare ribs and Boston Butts, and smokes them to perfection just as they come “ no seasoning or rub at all.  You read that right.

While other barbecue restaurants coat their ribs in spice mixes known as rubs,  Brock's ribs are “nekked…” “ just the pork, steady 225 heat from his Southern Pride Smoker, and locally sourced Live Oak wood.  He likes the rougher bark live oak because he says it smokes better, has a subtle smoke taste, and is readily available here in Central Florida.

Winter Haven BBQ “ Carry Out Style!

No Rub, Sauce, or Seasoning Here… just plain Live Oak Smoke! Mmm… this is some of the best BBQ you'll eat anywhere. And its right here in Winter Haven, FL!

95% of Brock's business is carry out. There's a great covered seating area in back if you want to hang out and eat your grub.

Dennis Brock “ Owner -He's serious about good BBQ!

Low and Slow Baby, This Southern Pride Smoker is set to a perfect 225 degrees F.

Live Oak Wood Smoke “ and a propane fed flame.

Lip smackin' smoked goodness “ almost ready! Can't wait!

Look at that Smoke Ring!  Goes near all the way down to the bone!

Winter Haven BBQ Prices That Can't Be Beat!

Brock's Dinner Sign

  • $15.00 Slab of Pork Spare Ribs
  • $7.99 BBQ Dinners “ Ribs, Pulled Pork, Turkey, Sausage, etc.

So, If you're in the Central Florida area “ maybe traveling down Highway 27 “ stop by Brock's Smoke Hut.  Your mouth will thank you!

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