Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque on 'funniest episode ever' of 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives'

Last December, the temperamental host of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Guy Fieri, and his crew rolled through Minnesota filming new episodes of their show. One of their stops was Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar in Stillwater. That episode will be airing for the first time on Monday at 9 p.m., and Smalley's is planning a viewing party for the celebrate its national TV debut, which owner Shawn Smalley was told features one of the most hilarious scenes the film crew had ever witnessed.

The news that Smalley's would be featured on the show came out of the blue last year, the owner says. The restaurant is known for its Jamaican jerk barbecue, including authentic recipes that Smalley, a former grill cook at La Belle Vie, collected on a trip to Jamaica with his business partner, restaurateur Tim McKee (La Belle Vie and Sea Change, among others). The DDD producers apparently heard about Smalley's only after they were already in Minnesota. "They called me, and I got maybe one week's heads up," Smalley says. "They even said this was super last-minute."

Even so, the crew seemed to know exactly what they wanted when they arrived. They asked Smalley to cook his jerk pork tacos and a couple varieties of chicken wings. The filming took two full days. "They get here at, like, 8 in the morning, and leave about 6 at night," Smalley says.

Smalley thought Fieri was an "all right guy," he says. "The whole crew was really cool. They just do their own thing. They tell you what they want to see, and they do it till they get it right."

The most memorable moment of the filming came when Smalley served up his spiciest wings, which he calls his 666 wings. "I wanted no part of eating them," Smalley says. "I like hot food, but they're way too hot. They're ridiculously hot."

But the DDD crew wanted him to be part of the scene, so Smalley, Fieri, and a couple of the crew's security team sat down to a plateful. "We counted to three, and everybody dug in."

Smalley says we'll have to watch the show to see what happened next, but he says DDD crew members told him that Fieri's reaction was "the funniest thing they'd ever seen" in all their years of filming the show.

To celebrate the episode's airing, Smalley's will be hosting a viewing party for anyone who wants to drop by, first come, first-served.

"We've got drink specials, and we've got a band," Smalley says, and he'll be serving a limited menu of tacos, wings, and most likely macaroni and cheese. The festivities begin at 7 p.m., with the show airing at 9.

Previous coverage: 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives' rolls through the metro area Guy Fieri in Diners, Drive-ins, and Disasters

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