Category Archives: Kings Island

New Kings Island Sweet Spot Island Soda

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The Kings Island Sweet Spot is known for some really great treats! Our personal favorite is the Sweet Spot cookies, the most magnificent little cookies on the planet! Other favorites include the ever rotating selection of freshly made fudge, hand dipped caramel apples, and a huge selection of assorted chocolates.

The one thing that has been missing from the Sweet Spot is a beverage to quench your thirst. Look no further.

Thanks to a tip from the Coaster Crew’s Gina M., Within the last week or two, the Sweet Spot has introduced “Island Soda.”

The drink is made using a Soda Stream system and consists of Heavy Cream, six shots of your choice of Torani flavor syrup, sparkling or carbonated water, all over ice.

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Flavors can vary given the hundreds of choices Torani offers. Flavors we have seen offered include Creme of Banana, Pumpkin Spice, Salted Caramel, Cupcake, White Chocolate, Strawberry, Orange, Watermelon, Raspberry, and Cherry Lime.

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We have heard from several guests that the new Island Soda’s are really good and refreshing. Get yours at the Kings Island Sweet Spot this summer for $3.49 each. (Tip: These are substantially cheaper than similar items over at the Kings Island Starbucks, and the wait is typically way quicker!)

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Review: Kings Island Soak City Island Smokehouse Smoked Brisket

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When it comes to BBQ, perhaps one of the most highly regarded meat options is the brisket. The beef brisket is a normally tough cut of meat and must be properly cooked to break down the muscle into the tender piece of meat we all love. This is done by keeping a nice fat cap on the brisket to keep it from drying during the long cooking process. The brisket also picks up a lot of its flavor from various rubs cooked into the meat. Fortunately, Kings Island is set up to create some incredible brisket in their Island Smokehouse.

Chef Nathan Gushulak rubs down the brisket the night before and slow smokes the brisket for 12 hours! The result is magnificent!

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While the brisket will not be a regular menu item at this time, when it is available you will want to make sure you grab some to eat! Part of the beauty of the new Island Smokehouse is having the option to try smoking a variety of products. So it will be well worth it to stop in frequently and see if there are any special menu items available.

If you are like us, you might want to choose one of the end slices, loaded with tons of the crispy dry rub that packs a powerful flavor.

The brisket was really good, featuring a very tender piece of meat with the crispness of the rub. The magic of the brisket always shines when the meat is incredibly tender, but you still get a crunchy flavor from the outside rub. We tried ours as is but you can always add either of the Smokehouse BBQ sauces to the meat.

As mentioned, the brisket is not a regular menu item and thus is not subject to the Kings Island dining plans. However, it is well worth it to purchase the brisket when available.

If you tried the Kings Island brisket, let us know what you thought below in the comments!

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Review: Kings Island Soak City Island Smokehouse Pulled Pork

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Planning for the new Island Smokehouse inside Kings Island’s Soak City started during the summer of 2016. Chef Nathan Gushulak helped customize the layout of the Island Smokehouse from top to bottom, turning a blank canvas into a masterful piece of art.

Inside of Island Smokehouse, the park installed custom smokers, grills, and a new state-of-the-art kitchen that can create barbecue masterpieces, and that they did!

The smoker inside Island Smokehouse is the secret to amazing BBQ.

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Kings Island rubs their pork down with dry rub before smoking for 12 hours and hand shredding. Guests have the option of having the pulled pork alone or in a bun and served with a side.

You also have the option of either a sweet BBQ sauce or spicy version. We think the spicy BBQ sauce is fantastic with a nice amount of heat with the very tender meat. The pulled pork packs tons of flavor and is an incredible option that appeals to a wide audience.

Guests will also be happy to learn that the pulled pork has been added to the Kings Island dining plans!

Have you tried the new Island Smokehouse BBQ pulled pork? If so, let us know in the comments below what you thought.

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