By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Nov 20, 2015 at 8:03 AM

Please note: The original Dec. 4 opening date for Iron Grate BBQ Co. has been postponed.

Barbeque fans will be able to get their smoked meat cravings fulfilled at Iron Grate BBQ Co. beginning on Friday, Dec. 4, when the restaurant, located adjacent to Hawthorne Coffee Roasters at 4177 S. Howell Ave., opens officially to the public.

The restaurant’s tagline, "Home of the Milwaukee Rib" describes one of the options that will be available – a particularly meaty rib that’s specially cut to include both the spare rib and the pork belly.

Other menu options will include beef brisket, pulled pork and smoked hot links, along with side dishes like baked beans, smoked tomato macaroni and cheese, stone ground grits, smothered greens and cole slaw.

The house special will include one meat and three sides for $15. Add an additional meat and the meal will run $23, or get three meats with three sides for $30.

Combos built to feed groups of four, eight or 12 people will also be available, priced from $65 to $215. The combo for four includes pulled pork, hot links, Milwaukee ribs and two sides.

If you’d prefer, you can also purchase meat by the pound, with options priced between $11 and $16 per pound. Sides are $5 for a pint and $8 for a quart.

Iron Grate BBQ Co.’s hours will be Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (or until they are out of BBQ). Both dine-in (in the space shared with Hawthorne Coffee) and carry-out will be available.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.