Excellent Barbecue In A Fast Casual Setting.

Welcome to Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ! I’m so proud to share my lifelong dream of smoking great barbecue for people like you who appreciate the time and expertise that goes into preparing authentic wood-smoked barbecue. Growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, “The Barbecue Capital Of The World,” I worked in one of best barbecue restaurants for seven years where I learned the principles of great barbecue. Throughout the years I have worked to perfect my own techniques and recipes, including the homemade rubs and sauces I serve to you at Bear’s.

As the #1 Independent Competitive Eater in the world, I am no stranger to food produced and consumed in large quantities! It’s when QUALITY is not compromised that the experience is unmatched. I can promise you that from the exceptional food to the friendly service you will receive from our staff, your visit to Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ will be unrivaled. From the best barbecue ribs right down to our mouth-watering desserts – Our goal is to serve the best barbecue in Connecticut.

We live in a busy world and my family and I are honored to have you here to hang your hat and eat some good ole’ home cooked authentic Kansas City style BBQ. So bring your friends and your appetite, “The Bear” is waiting to feed you!

Cheers – Jamie “The Bear” McDonald


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, Bear knows 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 water 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.


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Three Locations To Serve You


25 Front St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 785-8772
Mon-Wed, Sun 11am – 10pm
Thu-Sat 11am – 11pm


2152 Poquonock Ave
Windsor, CT 06095
Mon-Wed, Sun 11am – 9pm
Thu-Sat 11am – 10pm


Bear’s Express
454 Ellington Rd
South Windsor, CT 06074
7 days a week 11am – 8pm