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Buck’s Smokehouse: Bringing Bar-B-Que to the Heart of Destin

Now with a month under their belt (or apron) Buck’s Smokehouse is showing a future of BBQ success.



Since their opening the second week in May, the word is out around town that Buck’s has an awesome pulled pork sandwich.  But there’s been good chatter about just about everything they make. Buck’s selection is great! It’s a meat lover’s paradise. There are many BBQ restaurants that only offer 1 or 2 selections of meat, but at Buck’s Smokehouse you have a choice of Pork, Chicken, Turkey, Beef Brisket, Sausage, Ribs and even Smoked Fish!

The owner, Mike Buckingham states that he is taking his 1st shot at the restaurant business. He knows how to smoke meat, but he’s had to learn, much by trial and error, to fix the sides like coleslaw and baked beans.  He’s built restaurants, but running one is a different ballgame. His approach is real simple and he has some well thought nifty ideas. His main idea is to bring back a feel of “Old Destin”. So he designed the restaurant as a concrete block building with an old metal roof, large garage doors that lead out to a wraparound wooden porch that has stadium chairs mixed with picnic tables. And the food is served on paper… freezer paper. His son thought he was crazy to serve on paper, but Mike wanted to be different and no nonsense. Once you are finished, you just scoop it all up and throw it in the trash. It’s a catchy and quaint Destin Restaurant with a come-as-you-are-and-stay-a-while hang out sort of feel. It’s just comfortable with no frills, but perfectly decorated for a Classic Smokehouse! There’s even an outdoor tub labeled “Wash Hands Here” like you are in the country.


Mike and Michelle Buckingham


You can visit Buck’s on Facebook where they post their specials and keep up with commenting customers or you can call 850-837-3600. This Destin Restaurant is located at 303 Harbor Boulevard, Destin, FL 32541.

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