Que49 Smokehouse was established in 2019 after Memphis-born Skip Steele and Long Island native Dana Lamel brought their barbecue to Jonesboro after three years of smoking meat together on the Food Festival Circuit. Skip opened his first restaurant in Jonesboro in 1980, when he was 20 years old. After traveling the world, he learned different approaches to barbecue and took that knowledge to the competition level He has continued to participate in Food Festivals and has opened restaurants internationally, as well as across the United States. Dana's love of food began at an early age, preparing meals with his mother. He got his first restaurant job at 14, later graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, and was involved in opening four restaurants. By sheer coincidence the two decided to go into business together, resulting in the restaurant located just off of Highway 49. Que49 is now home to slow smoked brisket, pulled pork, and much more (including burnt ends!).