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About Us


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About Us


About Us

SMOKED ON HIGH is a top-notch barbeque restaurant and catering company based in the historic Brewery District of downtown Columbus, Ohio. We've been bringing world class barbeque experiences to the central Ohio region for half a decade. Our loyal customers once knew us as Buckeye Back Ribs and Papaya BBQ. Although our name has changed, our food is the same delicious southern style barbeque with "more style" that you've come to love and crave over the past several years. Our award winning slow-smoked barbeque will melt in your mouth and leave you wanting more time and time again. We guarantee it.

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Our Story


Our Story


Our Story

Hello BBQ Nation! For those of you who don't know who I am, my name is Max McGarity (don't forget it). I started this company when I was 20 years old and still asking my mom to do my laundry (thanks Mom!).

I was born and raised in Columbus and knew early on I would start my own restaurant someday. It's been a long journey over the past several years but Columbus is now closer than ever to experiencing my top notch barbeque creations. My plan has always been to open a brick and mortar restaurant when the time was right but our roots started in the food truck space.

There's no doubt that the best way to acclimate ourselves with the city food scene was to become a mobile marketing machine. We originally started our journey as Buckeye Back Ribs and traveled all over Ohio slinging ribs and other southern style dishes from our food truck. We traveled to Cleveland, Cincinnati, and all over Columbus "Slangin Smoke" from spoke to spoke. 

As the years went by and our fans grew larger and larger, the demand for catering began to consume the majority of our time. People were asking us to cater everything! We've done weddings, corporate events, birthday parties, festivals, grad parties-  essentially everything and anything with an appetite. Our catering continues to be more popular than ever and we aren't slowing down while we build out our new space.

Speaking of new space...that brings us to the next chapter. We're opening a permanent restaurant and event space right on High Street in the heart of the historic Brewery District. We can't wait to share more details.