Smoke on the Water: Freshly Smoked BBQ at the Market


Marker shoppers have responded enthusiastically to new food vendors this season; we’re pleased to see the market offering plenty of options for lunching and snacking on the spot, as well as packing some ready-to-eat delicious foods up to take home.

Smoke on the Water brings us freshly smoked barbecue, with a southern flare.

The man behind the smoke is Lee Pollard Sr., a recent retiree from Clemson, South Carolina, now living in Wakefield, New Hampshire. Moving north to be near his son (that’s Lee Pollard Jr., in the photo with him), he was drawn to the friendly, local vibe of the Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market. Without missing a beat, he launched Smoke on the Water, drawing on decades of experience as a restaurant owner in South Carolina. His experience shows in so many ways: the welcoming tables and chairs for customers, the heady aroma coming from the grill (aka, “the flat top”) and the colorful, enticing menu boards.SOTWmenu

Weekly offerings are based around smoked fresh pork and beef, prepared as sandwiches and salads, with homemade sauces and toppings. He plans to start offering those secret sauces in jars, as well as his often-asked-about meat rub. Also in the works is a plan to offer chicken tenders, made especially with kids in mind but likely to be popular for all. “They’ll be hand-breaded in a beer batter,” and served with a variety of sauces to choose from. The father and son pair also makes grilled cheese sandwiches for either the kids or adults who are looking for a simple option. Smoke on the Water’s customer favorite, though, is the Smoked Beef Brisket, which is served up with blue cheese crumbles, topped with grilled peppers and onions, all on a brioche roll. All food is cooked fresh every week.

“We’re always listening to our customers,” said Lee Sr., “and we’ll adjust to what people are asking for.”  Always looking to improve on a good thing, Lee Sr. is working with Wotton Farm to bring washed lettuce to market, making Smoke on the Water salads even fresher, while supporting a market farm. Please welcome Lee Pollack Sr. and Lee Pollack Jr., one of the market’s fine new 2016 vendors, and plan to leave with a few to-go containers in your shopping bag!

The Wolfeboro Area Farmers Market is more vibrant than ever this year, with more than 30 vendors, live music. And, don’t forget that weekly raffle for a $75 gift certificate and market bag! It could be you this week!

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