Smokin' Betty's brings authentic fire smoked barbeque to Boston's Northshore!

Steve and Marie had dreamed up the idea of having a BBQ place in Salem for years.  They felt there was room in Salem's thriving restaurant scene for good 'ol southern food and wanted to be the ones to bring a touch of the south to the Witch City! 

The Food

There are many schools of thought on the best ways to cook barbecue.  The term itself has become somewhat generic, referring to anything grilled. At Betty's, they're referring to a wood fired indirect heat source. The cook times using this method usually take significantly longer than other cooking processes and run on much lower temperatures, hence the nickname "low and slow."  Smokin' Betty's believes this is the best way to produce quality barbecue - giving it outstanding flavor and texture.

A Little About Betty's
Smokin' Betty's is a relaxed, fun, family friendly environment - a large open space featuring a 20 seat bar, picnic tables, custom built high tops, and a small lounge area. During the warmer months we also have outside dining on our front porch and in our alleyway. Seating is communal. Get to know your neighbors!

A Little About the Building
For several decades, the building was known as the Klondike Club - a club for Salem's French Canadian residents. The building featured a bowling alley in its basement and as a nod to the past Betty's bar top was made from 100 year old bowling alley lanes. In addition, we acquired a mid-1950's Bowling shuffleboard for patron's enjoyment.




(978) 594-1132



94 Lafayette St
Salem MA 01970


Monday: 5pm - 11pm
Tuesday: 5pm - 11pm
Wednesday: 5pm - 11pm
Thursday: 5pm - 11pm
Friday: 5pm - 11pm
Saturday: Noon - 11pm
Sunday: 11am - 11pm



Just who is Betty? 

Elizabeth "Betty" Feldmann was owner Steve Feldmann's mom who sadly passed away in 2012. Photographs of her "smokin'" young self served as inspiration for the name. Photographs of Betty are featured throughout the room. 




Only available Sunday's 11am-3pm


Let us cater your event!

For more information about our catering options please contact Lauren Benson at 857-389-8534 or email

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Live Music!

Every Friday & Saturday night Smokin' Betty's features the best hand clappin', foot stompin', butt shakin' music to be found anywhere on the North Shore!

Old time blues and country! Americana! Rockabilly!

Our up to the minute Events Listings can be viewed here.

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Smokin' Betty's BBQ + Bar

94 Lafayette St
Salem MA. 01970

Smokin' Betty's BBQ is conveniently located in downtown Salem. Salem is a great walking city with plenty of long term parking garages located near by. Lafayette St also has plenty of metered parking directly in front of the restaurant and free spots a short walk up the street. 



Contact Us

Questions or concerns? Wondering what's coming up or what's going on? Just wanna say hi? Send us a message!

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Steve Feldmann


Steve owns two of Salem's iconic spots - Gulu-Gulu Cafe and Flying Saucer Pizza Company. Having worked in restaurants since he was a kid he always dreamed of starting one of his own... and then he got carried away.

He loves smushed faced dogs, comics, and enjoys quoting the Beastie Boys whenever possible. 

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Erin Oliver


Otherwise known as Mrs. Tim Oliver, Erin has been working for Steve for the majority of her adult life. She is still trying to figure out how she came to this.

She has been spending the first half of 2017 learning how to use power tools and has yet to cut off any limbs.

Erin loves unicorns, beer, and Morissey, not necessarily in that order.

The Art!


"One of the Greatest things about owning the Gulu..."

Betty's owner Steve Feldmann has has met and worked with many great artists over the years while choosing the art for Gulu-Gulu Cafe. When it came to deciding how to decorate Smokin' Betty's he approached a handful of his favorites, put them in a room together and asked them to get creative. 

Dan Blakeslee

A prolific artist, Dan Blakeslee has made over 600 rock posters in his career some of which are featured in the book “Art of Modern Rock” published by Chronicle Books. He has done album covers for dozens of bands including Assembly of Dust, Slaid Cleaves, The Tan Vampires, Jonah Tolchin and many more. After seeing his posters, The Portsmouth Brewery (NH) asked Blakeslee to draft 8 beer label designs and the Northampton Brewery (MA) followed soon after commissioning him to make a label six pack design. His beer label art has garnered national recognition with the Alchemist Brewery’s (VT) “Heady Topper” in 2012 and “Focal Banger” in 2014. His silk screened posters traveled the USA in the “National Poster Retrospecticus” in 2013 curated by the LAP Gallery.


Greg Orfanos

I am a mixed media artist that works primarily with acrylic paint and collage. Making pictures that tell stories has always been a running theme in my work. Though a narrative is always prominent in my paintings, it is often portrayed in a surreal and allegorical way. My images are a composite of my daily routine, forgotten memories, random thoughts and epic dreams. My work is often embedded with a fascination of the bizarre, a bit of sarcasm and a tongue-in-cheek sensibility.

I can often be found in my studio creating, or walking around with my head in the clouds.

Mark Reusch

'I'm Mister Reusch, a freelance illustrator and part-time illustration instructor at Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston, MA. (When I was just starting out as a freelancer in the early 90s, I thought it'd be funny to sign my name "Mister Reusch", hoping potential clients would think I was some old, established guy.) I've created over 500 illustrations for the Bloomsbury book series, UNBORED, The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, UNBORED Games, UNBORED Adventure, and four activity kits. I've designed 150 posters and over 600 editorial illustrations, as well as t-shirts, greeting cards, calendars, cd covers, tattoos, and giant monster masks."


Lucas Custer

Originally from Texas, Lucas Custer graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2003 where he studied graphic design. Living in Salem over the past seven years has afforded him the opportunity to acquire abandoned artifacts which he gives new life in his work.

He is the creator of the Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians (SCAM). SCAM focuses on the art process and performance while employing “green” strategies such as materials and resource sharing, repurposing discarded items and discovering art everywhere.