what is real michigan bbq

apple • cherry • hickory

Welcome to Johnny V’s! We’re so glad you’re here! If you’ve been with us before, you know what to expect. If you haven’t, your Real MI BBQ experience starts now! We start with locally sourced woods; apple, cherry, and hickory from local farms right here in Michigan. As Traverse City is the cherry capital of the world and Kevin’s hometown, we infuse cherry fruit into our signature sauces. We love to showcase Michigan products whenever possible.

Almost everything we do is chef inspired and recipe driven which means it doesn’t come out of a box or a bag. We aim to prepare your dish in 10 minutes or less. This location is our fine, fast casual restaurant. It’s all about the food!

We smoke all of our meats fresh and on site daily. We make all of our own rubs and sauces daily. don’t forget about our great loyalty program for special rewards and discounts.

Last, but not least, we believe in Southern Hospitality. There’s no tipping here because it’s our pleasure to serve you! At Johnny V’s Smoke Shack, we ask you to leave the tipping for the cows! Enjoy your visit!

Proprietors – The Dittrich Family
KEvin, Susan, Jordan, Madalin, & Sophia