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What is That Smoker on Padanaram Road? [Video]

Every Thursday and Friday afternoon, thousands of passing drivers see a smoker in Barbarie's Plaza on Padanaram Road, and the people curious enough to stop learn Gourmet to Go sells smoked barbecue late Friday afternoon until it's gone.


People have figured out if they don't stop by 7 p.m., they're not getting that week's smoked barbecue at Gourmet to Go in Barbarie Square.

Joseph Yorio, who opened the shop 16 months ago, said his smoker is only so large, and he can't keep up with the demand. He figured he'd have stopped smoking brisket and pork by this time in the winter, but people keep asking. He's still smoking.

Yorio has been catering from Gourmet to Go or from other kitchens in western Connecticut for 12 years. He decided to experiement with smoked barbecue on Padanaram Road because so many people drive by the shop, and people stop in for the pulled pork and brisket.

"The brisket is Texas style and the pork butt is a Memphis rub," Yorio said.

Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Wild! So here's a question - how did he grab the rack with his hands - it wasn't too hot?
Linda J. Hayward January 19, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Do you deliver?
Ted Hodgdon January 19, 2013 at 04:13 PM
I'm gonna give this a try next week.
Christine Brucale January 21, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Stopped by Friday afternoon and picked up the pulled pork dinner for 1-2. Easily could feed 5 or 6! One word: Delicious. Can't wait to try the brisket.
Joseph Yorio January 21, 2013 at 11:46 PM
We deliver locally with a $20 minimum order...
Joseph Yorio January 21, 2013 at 11:48 PM
It's not as hot as it looks! It's maintained at 225*, you get used to the heat!
Jaimie Cura (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 04:25 PM
That's really cool, Joseph - thanks for replying! I'll have to stop by soon!

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