Pot Liquor changes name, adds new menu items

According to the owners of Pot Liquor Smokehouse Barbecue, there are two things that make a barbecue restaurant authentic — the wood to smoke the meats and nicknaming the meat smoker. Step inside the Pot Liquor kitchen and you’ll see a hefty smoker named Big Hank and bask in the aroma of peach, cherry and mesquite woods that are used to smoke mouthwatering beef brisket for 10 to 12 hours.

The restaurant at Town Square is home to authentic Souther-style barbecue with a contemporary twist. Owners Flip Arbelaez and Doug Bell are converting the original name from Pot Liquor Contemporary American Smokehouse to Pot Liquor Smokehouse Barbecue to emphasize they are a barbecue restaurant.

The menu will offer several new items including pulled pork nachos, spare riblets, crab fritters and cheddar grits and veggies. Additions to the lunch menu include a hot link hoagie, beef & cheddar and a smoked turkey club wrap.

A new combination platter called A Month of Sundays feeds up to eight people. The platter features 1 pound of hot links, 1 pound of pulled pork, 1 pound of beef brisket, one whole smoked chicken, a full rack of baby back ribs, a full rack of spare ribs, cornbread with honey butter and a choice of four side dishes.

The happy hour menu, which is available Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., features a few updates as well with 11 food items for $5 each including chili cheese fries, hot barbecue fingers and fries, bacon burger sliders with cheddar and onions, barbecue chicken salad sliders and more. Happy hour cocktail specials won’t break the bank with $2 PBR and Shandy pints. Plus, guests will receive 50 percent off all other draft beers, $4 well drinks and house wines, and specialty cocktails for 25 percent off.

Everything is made from scratch including the pickles and the chicken skin cracklin’ that is added as a crunchy topper to the devil’d egg appetizer. But many visit Pot Liquor for more than their food. The bar features a few hard to find whiskeys such as Pappy Van Winkle 15, offered at $150 for a 1.5 ounce pour and Pappy Van Winkle 20 priced at $200 for a 1.5 ounce pour. Another prized pour is the Orphan Barrel “Lost Prophet,” which runs $110 for a 1.5 ounce pour.