Fingerlickin’ smokey good BBQ is opening near UCF soon!

4 Rivers Smokehouse is geared to open sometime in April, but could even open as early as the end of March, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The huge demand from UCF students for the one-of-a-kind barbecue led 4 Rivers Smokehouse owner John Rivers to build a location closer to the school.


“I’m happy I won’t have to go all the way down to Winter Park when I’m craving some good BBQ but also have a test the next day,” Jocelyn Burrell said.

From smokey brisket to baked beans, students and 4 Rivers lovers are only weeks away from enjoying the southern comfort.

“We caught a break on the delivery dates of the Smokers for the UCF Smokehouse,” Rivers told the Orlando Sentinel. “If it holds true, we’re looking at an end of March opening there and a mid-April opening for The COOP!”

This location is expected to look similar to 4 Rivers restaurants in Winter park and include a bigger “Sweets Shop.” The new location is also expected to employ around 70 to 80 people.

“University Boulevard is full of many restaurants but I still feel that it will do well considering it’s so close and delicious!” said Mabel Pichardo.