The Smokehouse Kings is a new collaboration brought to you by some folks from Carnitas’ Snack Shack Restaurants. Chefs Ivan Muñoz and Max Bonacci of Carnitas’ Snack Shack have teamed up to bring San Diego the very best of their barbecue, sausages, cured and smoked meats, rubs, sauces, pickles and condiments. You may have seen the name popping up here and there on menus, well now it’s official!
Chef Ivan Muñoz’s cooking style is uniquely San Diegan, blending the area’s diverse cultural influences with family tradition. Muñoz grew up looking over his father’s shoulder in the kitchen. Coming from Lake Tahoe to San Diego, Chef Muñoz developed his love for all things barbecue at Kensington Grill, Cucina Urbana and Carnitas’ Snack Shack. His smoked rib guajillo chili was awarded “Best Overall” in San Diego’s 2013 SONO Chili Cook-Off.
Chef Max Bonacci is revered for his creative work with smoked and cured meats at The Linkery, El Take It Easy, and now, Carnitas’ Snack Shack restaurants. Bonacci’s strong passion for smoking and cooking foods “outside the kitchen” came to him at a very young age.
“We’d have family parties in upstate NY, on my family’s vineyard,” explains Bonacci. “It would be a site to see — cooking a three-hundred pound hog on a custom spit roaster. I was about five years old when I first watched, and my interest just grew and grew.”
Living in sunny San Diego creates a perfect space for Bonacci to experiment and perfect his “outside cooking” skills. As Chef Bonacci says, “Smoking creates happiness…”
The Smokehouse Kings will offer unique cured meats and seafood, catered barbecue throughout San Diego county and custom smoking services for the restaurant industry. Be on the lookout for Ivan’s BBQ Sauce at local retailers soon!