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The Best Little BBQ Secret in PCB

Looking for some excellent barbecue while on vacation? Fresh seafood and cocktails are not the only things the Panama City Beach is known for! Panama City Beach has tons of incredible hidden gem barbecue joints. The best barbecue, however, is at Smok’n Oz Barbecue: the best hidden secret in all of Panama City. With Smok’n Oz, forget all of your preconceived notions about Panama City Beach dining, and prepare yourself for something completely new. With everything from their signature ribs and wings to their signature sandwiches, there is something for everyone at Smok’n Oz. Best of all, it’s easy to reach from any of our vacation rentals in Panama City Beach!

rack of bbq ribs


The atmosphere of Smok’n Oz is a no-frills type of establishment. Its atmosphere is warm and inviting to all that come in, so you can be sure you’ll be greeted with a friendly smile. Order at the small ‘shack’ and find an outdoor table to dine. The dining atmosphere of Smok’n Oz encourages its patrons to eat together communal style. This shared table dining experience at Smok’n Oz is essential to their idea of creating and nurturing the sense of community. Smok’n Oz wants you to create new memories while also meeting new friends! Based on the reviews from regulars of Smoke’N Oz, this communal aspect of dining is a favorite from those who keep coming back.

The key, however, is to show up early, as this place’s parking fills up extremely fast. With limited street parking available around the building, there are not many opportunities to secure a spot. If you can get there by walking or by cab, you are more likely to secure a table at Smok’n Oz.


The menu at Smok’n Oz is exceptional, and regulars always come back for more. The sandwiches at Smok’n Oz are a signature item for all locals that dine regularly. The rib and pork sandwiches are both great options for lunchtime. They come with a side order of either potato salad, baked beans, green beans, french fries, coleslaw, collards, or sweet corn. There is also the signature brisket sandwich that is a classic favorite amongst locals. Although brisket is not something known in Panama City Beach, Florida, some of the best barbecue in the country is found at Smok’n Oz. 

For dinner, there are many platter options available. With classics like the pork plate, the brisket plate, or even the illustrious sampler platter where you can try a bit of everything, there is plenty of food for everyone. Needless to say, you won’t go hungry on your visit to Smok’n Oz! Looking for something a bit different in your barbecue experience? Try the Turkey Hess. It’s not something you can find on every barbecue menu. Needless to say, this food sells out very fast. If you are hoping to order some of their signature ribs or brisket, you are strongly urged to show up early. 

BBQ pork sandwich

General Information

Smok’n Oz is located at 2725 Joan Avenue in Panama City Beach. It can be hard to spot from the street, but once you find it, it’s worth the effort! They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m., and they’re closed Sunday through Tuesday.

Worried about not being able to get your barbecue fix while on vacation? Searching for a place to grab some ribs or brisket? With an extensive menu of barbecue culinary classics, Smok’n Oz will have you covered for all of your barbecue needs. Its communal outdoor dining experience makes it an excellent time for all who dine here. If you’re looking for a great night out on vacation, Smok’n Oz is a perfect option, just down the street from many of our Panama City Beach vacation rentals