A place for real pit BBQ and real hospitality.
Phil Tolliver's passion for BBQ has been lifelong. He will tell you that he has had "a passion for BBQ as long as I can remember." Phil and Jenn Tolliver opened Smokehouse 52 BBQ in downtown Chelsea, Michigan in February 2013. A second location in Saline, Michigan was opened in April 2018 (Closed 2022).
Passion for BBQ
Growing up on a hog farm in Stockbridge, Michigan taught Phil many life lessons that have impacted his vision for his BBQ joints. Hard work and patience were just a few of those lessons. As his passion for BBQ continued to call, Phil reached out to the best there is: Mike "The Legend" Mills of the 17th St. BBQ. Phil traveled south to work alongside Mike and learn his secrets and techniques to creating championship BBQ. When he returned home, Phil started to build Smokehouse 52 BBQ on Main Street in Chelsea, combining his lessons from the farm with those he learned from Mills.
BBQ is all about memories, and for some, it's a bit of a religion. Phil knew that in order to provide the best BBQ experience, everything had to be authentic. He wanted a BBQ joint that serves GREAT BBQ with friendly, professional service. He sought out authentic wood-fired pits, barn beams, and great bourbon to help create a place where his guests would feel right at home. He developed regional sauces and side dishes to please a variety of BBQ tastes.
At the end of the day, we recognize that we are in the hospitality business. Each day, we commit ourselves to the relentless pursuit of doing the right things – not the easy things. We provide our guests with the best service and experience, always striving to exceed their expectations. This is what makes Smokehouse 52 BBQ the place to be.