Category Archives: Kings Island

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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Review: Kings Island Soak City Island Smokehouse Smoked Wings

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We eat a lot of amusement park food because, well, it is our job! It is no secret that both Don Helbig (Kings Island Public Relations Area Manager) and I have an affinity for amazing chicken wings, and we take it seriously! It was only within the last year or so that our world was turned upside down (and not from a roller coaster) when we had our first smoked chicken wings instead of the standard fried version (or worse yet, the baked version).

So we were really excited back in February when Kings Island broke the news of Island Smokehouse coming to the park and that they would introduce guests to a smoked version of chicken wings.

Kings Island smokes their chicken wings for 2 hours to lock in that smokey flavor. One could stop there and make very happy customers. However, Chef Nate takes it one step further and gives the wings a 30 seconds flash-fry before giving them to the guests. This gives the wings the perfect crispy outside with incredibly tender and smokey chicken inside.

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We have tried chicken wings at Cedar Fair amusement parks across the country, and think the Island Smokehouse has taken the crown as best!

While we really enjoyed the chicken wings as is, we also tried them with some of the Island Smokehouse spicy BBQ sauce, and they were incredible!

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For additional menu items and reviews, check out our Island Smokehouse page.

If you ate the new smoked chicken wings, let us know what you thought below in the comments.

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