MEET OUR BESTIES

Paradise is sitting down to a meal of slow-smoked BBQ, fresh and flavorful sides all homemade from scratch, and your choice from an extensive list of whiskey and beer. Paradise is sitting down to a meal with great friends at Salt + Smoke. Get a plate filled with your favorite cut of our world-famous brisket, smoked over post oak for 16 hours, or explore our other dishes—smoked salmon, St. Louis cut ribs, and our pulled pork will all keep your mouth watering and your appetite satisfied. Come on in, put in your order and take a seat at our place, where meat is always treated right.

The absolute dreamboats that make Salt + Smoke the place where BBQ besties form lifelong BBQ friendships.

ULTIMATE BESTIES DUO

THE TOM SCHMIDT

THE TOM SCHMIDT

OWNER

ABOUT TOM

 Browning is integral to the flavor. 

Tom was a really shy kid that found his voice and passion in the restaurant worlds he immersed himself in. Tom was thinking about BBQ and eating about BBQ for a long time. Then he started talking about BBQ to Haley and together they made great BBQ. Tom realizes now that thinking about stuff is bad for him. Now he just talks about stuff and then he and Haley make good stuff happen.

HALEY FREAKING RILEY

HALEY FREAKING RILEY

CHEF + PITMASTER

ABOUT HALEY

 Risk it for the brisket. 

Raised in the wild by wolves, Haley Riley has a deep and meaningful connection to meat. After graduating top of his class at Meat Doctor University, he has gone on to be one of the world’s preeminent meat minds with his philosophy “You Can’t BBQ on Your Heels.”

BESTIE squad

Mike P.

Mike P.

CFO

ABOUT MIKE

If you were a S+S sauce, which one would you be?

My Sweet Bestie, with a splash of Hotangy

What whiskey/bourbon do you always recommend?

WhistlePig Rye is my go-to, but I also always recommend anything from Hillrock Distillery in upstate NY.

If you had a dish named after yourself, what would your dish be?

The 2-Combo plate with Pulled Pork and Fried Jalapeño and Cheddar Bologna.

Mike H.

Mike H.

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

ABOUT MIKE

If you were a S+S sauce, which one would you be?

My Sweet Bestie … it’s a classic, like me

Favorite daily side you wish was a permanent side?

Anything pickled.

What whiskey/bourbon do you always recommend?

Buffalo Trace…It pretty much as everything you want without overdoing it

MACKENZIE

MACKENZIE

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

ABOUT Mackenzie

If you were a S+S sauce, which one would you be?

Probably Alabama Ranch. Mainly because no one else claimed it in their answer and I have to be different.

Favorite daily side you wish was a permanent side?

Mashed potatoes forever and always. I’d bathe in those potatoes.

If you had a dish named after yourself, what would your dish be?

Either a super decadent chocolate dessert (think gooey middle that you can’t stop eating even if it makes you sick) or a chicken pot pie.

EMILY

EMILY

HR DIRECTOR

ABOUT EMILY

If you were a S+S sauce, which one would you be?

Definitely My Sweet Bestie

What whiskey/bourbon do you always recommend?

Whatever my fiancé suggests… he is the pro in that arena!

If you had a dish named after yourself, what would your dish be?

I can live without a lot of things but TACOS are not on the list. So my dish would have to be something taco related. Maybe I’ll convince Tom and Haley to add a Salt and Smoke Taco to the menu one day!

Collie Collie

Collie Collie

Hospitality Director

ABOUT Collie

If you were a S+S sauce, which one would you be?

“I Can’t Even”—a tad sweet, yet spicy throughout.

Favorite daily side you wish was a permanent side?

Braised kale – healthy, flavorful and cleans the system.

What whiskey/bourbon do you always recommend?

Bourbon/whiskey recommendations are like dating sites where you must get to know the drinker to link them with the correct “water with a soul.”

If you had a dish named after yourself, what would your dish be?

Meatloaf is the only dish that would plant a smile on me by carrying my name because it has never met a stranger.

Amy

Amy

Catering DIRECTOR

ABOUT AMY

If you were a S+S sauce, which one would you be?

Bestie, I’m friendly to everyone

Favorite daily side you wish was a permanent side?

Mashed potatoes!!! It doesn’t get any better than that.

If you had a dish named after yourself, what would your dish be?

Jalapeno and Cheddar Bologna plate. I’m a little spicy and cheese goes great with everything including mashed potatoes and Bologna

John

John

Corporate Chef

ABOUT JOHN
If you were a S+S sauce, which one would you be?
Buffaluv Me
Favorite daily side you wish was a permanent side?
Homemade Applesauce, Smoked Butter Squash Soup, Mashed Potatoes with Smoked Chicken Gravy, or a simple melon salad with feta crumbles, toasted pine nuts, chili oil and mint. SIMPLE.
What whiskey/bourbon do you always recommend?
Gin 😂😂 , but really Templeton Rye
If you had a dish named after yourself, what would your dish be?
A giant MR ribeye with a kale salad, and fried rice on the side … or just a steak with a glass of water (definitely not slopping it up), or a STEAM BUN WITH OUR PULLED PORK
Shaina

Shaina

Exec. Chef: Commissary

ABOUT SHAINA
If you were a S+S sauce, which one would you be?
I’m going with our “Buffa Love Me” sauce. I may even mix it with a bit of Alabama Ranch.
Favorite daily side you wish was a permanent side?
Either a roasted or mashed potato 
What whiskey/bourbon do you always recommend?
Local all the way—Switchgrass Spirits
If you had a dish named after yourself, what would your dish be?
A tasty combo of my two favorite sandwiches, a Cubano and a Reuben- with all smoked meats of course- A Ruebano. 

bbq besties

ZACH

ZACH

BPV MANAGER

ABOUT ZACH

If you were a S+S sauce, which one would you be?

Easily the Mustarolina sauce. (Pro tip: if you mix equal parts Mustarolina and My Sweet Bestie you end up with this incredibly complex smokey/honey mustard style sauce that is absolutely amazing on our pork sandwich).

If you had a dish named after yourself, what would your dish be?

Well … do you remember that crazy mustarolina/bestie sauce I told you about earlier? If you toss some trashed ribs in that sauce with a side of pickles, forget about it. End of story. Good night.

Jake

Jake

DELMAR MANAGER

ABOUT JAKE

If you were a S+S sauce, which one would you be?

Mixture of My Sweet Bestie and I Can’t Even

What whiskey/bourbon do you always recommend?

Blanton’s

If you had a dish named after yourself, what would your dish be?

B.L.T. with smoked chicken and avocado

CASS

CASS

HAMPTON MANAGER

ABOUT CASS

If you were a S+S sauce, which one would you be?

If I were a sauce, I would be “I Can’t Even”, sweet with a little kick 🔥

What is your go-to bourbon recommendation?

My favorite bourbon to recommend is Penelope Valencia.  A super aromatic bourbon with a very clean finish. 

If you had a dish named after yourself, what would your dish be?

I would call it The Side Bestie. An assortment of our delicious sides! 

JESSICA

JESSICA

STC MANAGER

ABOUT JESSICA
If you were a S+S sauce, which one would you be?
Hotangy
Favorite daily side you wish was a permanent side?
Any of our soup
What whiskey/bourbon do you always recommend?
David Nicholson 1843 because it comes with a cool story
If you had a dish named after yourself, what would your dish be?
Our BLT with the egg farce and call it the Farace sandwhich…