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Up in Smoke adds brick oven pizzas to menu

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 11:01 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014 11:09 a.m. CDT

AFTON — Up in Smoke Barbecue, 302 N. Douglas St., in Afton is adding a new way to enjoy their barbecued brisket, pulled pork and chicken — brick oven pizza.

And if you live in Afton and don’t feel like leaving the house, Up in Smoke is now delivering their pizzas on Friday and Saturday nights from 5 to 9 p.m.

Owner Brad Jones said Up in Smoke has been making pizzas for about three weeks and said it has quickly become a popular choice on their menu.

Customers have a choice between traditional toppings such as hamburger, sausage, buffalo chicken and pepperoni or they can try the brick oven pizza with the barbecue meats.

“It has been about a 50-50 ratio for our barbecue toppings versus our traditional pizza toppings,” Jones said.

Right now all pizzas are served on a thin crust. Jones said it only takes four to five minutes to cook one of the pizzas in the brick oven, which can run on wood or propane.

Jones said Up in Smoke will be adding another crust option soon that is a little thicker and puffs up around the outside of the pizza.

“It will be more of a Neapolitan-style crust,” Jones said. “We are also switching to a cheese that has a little bit of buffalo milk in it, which is just a really outstanding cheese. It was the best cheese topping we tried.”

The new cheese topping requires a special order and takes two weeks for delievery, but Jones said once the first shipment arrives, they start a schedule to receive it regularly.

The brick oven pizzas are available on Up in Smoke’s catering menu as well.

Addition

Jones is hopeful construction will begin in the next two months that will allow for 75 more seats in the existing building.

The new addition will add more room for parking and Jones said Up in Smoke will start including prime rib on Friday and Saturday after the construction is complete.

“I have people calling me daily asking when we will start doing the prime rib,” Jones said.

The prime rib is currently available on Up in Smoke’s catering menu.

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