Smokehouse burger: a harmonious mess on a bun

Staff writer

Drive north up Richmond Road from Merchants Square for about 10 miles, and eventually you’ll find the Two Drummers Smokehouse, just past Anderson’s Corner on the right.

For almost seven years now, brothers Jon and Jason Wade have brought their passion for smoked meats to Toano at the restaurant on Richmond Road.

But it’s more than just barbecue. In the kitchen, cooks hand patty half-pound hamburgers before tossing them on a griddle cooked-to-order for hungry patrons, Jason Wade said.

The restaurant orders logs of ground-chuck beef and makes each burger fresh when a customer orders one of its four beef burgers. Two Drummers also offers a turkey burger. All are in the $10 to $15 price range.

The house burger, on the menu as the “Smokehouse” burger, is essentially a pulled pork sandwich with a burger tossed in for extra measure.

The stacked high sandwich is layered from the bottom up with a burger, a thick slice of cheddar cheese, pulled pork, cole slaw, fried onion straws and the housemade Carolina barbecue sauce for added tang.

The cheese is savory, stitching the burger and the pork together to reduce the mess as the barbecue sauce and slaw give the burger a cut of vinegar and tomato that accentuates the other flavors in the sandwich.

The piled-high sandwich isn’t for the faint of heart; inevitably, a loose piece of pulled pork or slaw will fall out and it will need to be put back into the burger for safe keeping.

Burgers at the restaurant come with one side and a dill pickle spear.

For more information on Two Drummers Smokehouse go to: or visit the restaurant at 8864 Richmond Road West, Toano.

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