Blue Door Smokehouse keeps it fresh, every day


Owners John Rigsby and Jeff Newman pose for a portrait at Blue Door Smokehouse in Lexington, Ky. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff.

Darren Lin

Built on traditional flavors, Blue Door Smokehouse opens its doors to barbecue fans throughout Lexington. Owned by Jon Rigsby and Jeff Newman, the Blue Door made its first appearance in Lexington in March, 2014.

“We are traditional and old school, reheating loses a lot of the smoking flavor,” said Newman, who prides his business on smoking fresh meat every day. “We emulate the Central Texas style.”

The Blue Door, located at 226 Walton Ave., offers smoked sausage, pulled pork and pulled chicken. The Blue Door also offers  half-rack and full-rack ribs. Other sides include coleslaw, collard greens and ranch beans.

Some of the restaurant’s most popular items are the sour cream based potato salad and the beef brisket, which can be served on a plate or sesame seed bun.

The restaurant also has a variety of desserts, from brownies to berry bars, and it also offers cost-efficient combo platters that offer two meat options for $12, three meats for $14 and four meats for $16, and each platter comes with pickle, onion, and white bread. The Blue Door supports healthy eating and of course, freshness. According to the restaurants website, Blue Door’s meals are made from scratch.

“We try to buy the organics,” Rigsby said.

This daytime BBQ joint seats 29 customers, and it gives the option to either take-out or cater for weddings, birthday parties, graduations or other events.

“When customers step into our restaurant, we would like to make the experience more personal by remembering their names,” Rigsby said. “People usually like when we remember their names.

Between Newman and Rigsby, they have a total of 25 years of restaurant industry experience, including fine dining experience.

The Blue Door welcomes customers Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., or “until the meat sells out,” according to Rigsby.

“Depending on the day, the busiest hours are during lunchtime from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,” Rigsby said.

For more information, including the menu and catering options, visit,or follow the restaurant on facebook for daily specials and menu items.