About Us

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“Make It Better With Bear’s”

Thanks to our valued supporters, Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ has grown from a takeout counter to a business that serves tens of thousands of people annually and employs hundreds. Despite massive growth in a short period of time, Bear’s is still a family business committed to high-quality food, a respectful workplace, and community outreach.

Although we are based in central Connecticut, we smoke our BBQ meats in the Kansas City-style that Jamie “The Bear” McDonald enjoyed growing up in Kansas City, Missouri. A mix of classic barbecue and family recipes, we use the best cuts of meat, the freshest sides, and our own blends for sauces. Whether you are visiting one of our restaurants, enjoying one of our award-winning catered events, grabbing a meal from our food truck, or snacking on concessions takeout, we want your experience to be the very best it can be.

Our Mission

The mission at Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ is simple: Everyone who walks through our doors is either already a friend, or will be. By embracing that theory, We know that every guest will have exceptional service, outstanding food, and hopefully, will know that whenever they walk into Bear’s, that they are coming home.

From the best ribs in Connecticut to the mouth-watering sides and desserts, we promise to make your visit a great one. We do everything we can to ensure that all of our customers leave happy and full. If for some reason you feel differently, please let us know and we will do our best to fix it.

Cheers –

Jamie and Cheryl McDonald
Owners, Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ