Nestled in Downtown St. Cloud, there’s a barbecue joint that has been turning heads and igniting taste buds for years. Granny’s Southern Smokehouse, a beloved local eatery, has recently received the prestigious ‘Osceola’s Best Barbecue Award’ for the second time, an honor presented by Osceola County’s leading source for news, Positively Osceola. Behind the smoky goodness and finger-licking flavors stands a true barbecue virtuoso, Jay Brown, owner and pitmaster extraordinaire.

A Journey to Barbecue Excellence:

Jay Brown’s journey into the world of barbecue wasn’t just a business venture; it was a lifelong passion that ignited when he was just a boy. Born and raised in St. Cloud, Jay grew up savoring the delectable flavors of traditional Southern barbecue prepared by his grandmother. These fond memories inspired him to embark on a culinary adventure, honing his skills and techniques over the years.

Jay’s dream came to fruition when he opened Granny’s Southern Smokehouse in the heart of St. Cloud. Since its inception, the restaurant has been a labor of love, a place where he could share his passion for barbecue with the community.

What sets Granny’s Southern Smokehouse apart is Jay’s unwavering commitment to authenticity and quality. From the carefully selected cuts of meat to the secret family recipes for rubs and sauces, Jay’s dedication to his craft shines through in every dish.

The heart and soul of the restaurant is the wood-fired smoker that stands as the centerpiece of the kitchen. Jay’s meticulous smoking process, which involves slow-cooking meats over hickory and oak wood for hours, imparts a smoky flavor and tender texture that keeps customers coming back for more. The menu boasts a mouthwatering array of options, from succulent ribs and brisket to flavorful pulled pork and mouthwatering chicken.

A Double Triumph with Osceola’s Best Barbecue Award:

Positively Osceola,  that focuses and celebrates the best in and around Osceola County, recently honored Granny’s Southern Smokehouse with the “Osceola’s Best Barbecue Award” for the second time. This accolade not only recognizes the exceptional quality of the barbecue but also highlights Jay’s unwavering dedication to his craft, extraordinary customer service,  and dedication to the community.

Upon receiving the award, Jay Brown humbly expressed his gratitude, saying, “It’s an incredible honor to receive this recognition from Positively Osceola for the second time. The recipes are from my grandmother, who was never able to open up a restaurant because she died at age 95, but her southern cooking is what inspired me, and it is our passion to do it every single day. Consistency is key, but it’s not just about the food, we like to make people feel at home. We make this like it’s Granny’s house. They feel at home. We welcome them, and give them all the customer service we can. We owe our success to our loyal customers and we pour our hearts into every meal we serve.”

If you’re in the mood for mouthwatering barbecue that’s been recognized as the best in Osceola County, be sure to visit Granny’s Southern Smokehouse and savor the flavors crafted by Jay Brown and his team. It’s more than just a meal; it’s a taste of tradition and excellence that will leave you craving for more.

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