Famous for its seafood and eclectic downtown vibe, Lure Seafood and Grille has ventured into the barbecue world with the addition of a food truck. With Will Sippel operating the smoker, the Lure Smoke Shack offers a unique take on an assortment of barbecue staples.
The shack recently wrapped up a busy weekend with appearances at Nicky Hayden Day, Friday After 5, and Porch Fest. They typically operate downtown, just outside the Lure during special events and on the weekends, with intentions of attending local events and festivals.
“We’re trying to be here every Friday, and we are working on getting out to businesses to provide services for lunch breaks and more,” Sippel said. “We’re trying to work events on Saturdays, and we’re open to catering for weddings or any other events.”
Sippel moved to Owensboro a few years ago to head the kitchen at Mile Wide Brewing, introducing Owensboro to his take on barbecue. He said he strives to take a simplistic approach with simple seasonings, letting the smoke and meat provide most of the flavor.
“I got into barbecue around the time I moved down here to Kentucky, and it really grew into a passion of mine,” he said. “I take a lot of inspiration from central and east Texas because they keep it simple. I like that because it allows you to explore many different things to put the barbecue on.”
Ben Skiadas, who owns Lure, tried Sippel’s barbecue-centric menu at Mile Wide and enjoyed it. When the brewery decided to close its Owensboro location, it provided the prime opportunity for Skiadas and Sippel to merge their talents and create the Smoke Shack.
Brisket highlights the menu and is available individually, with fresh sides, or on top of scratch-made macaroni and cheese. Other menu items range from smoked chicken with watermelon salad to pulled-pork sandwiches and sausages.
For more information about the Lure Smoke Shack and its list of events, follow them on Facebook here.