End-of-year eating usually revolves around celebrating with mouth-watering food, and nothing is quite as drool-inducing as a good old American BBQ. Take a look at our round-up of where to go in Brisbane to get your fill of sticky, smoky meat.
The Defiant Duck
A brand new entrant to Brisbane’s American BBQ scene is this restaurant in Newstead. Here you find meat is cooked in a 100% coal-powered josper oven, imparting a distinctly smoky finish. It’s hard to go past the coca-cola wagyu beef ribs, which have an addictive sticky coating, served with mustard mayo and burnt shallots. There are also charcoal pork ribs in a BBQ sauce served with a carrot and fennel slaw. Not many American BBQ joints have a lighter salad meal option, but The Defiant Duck defies that stereotype, with a sashimi style tuna summer salad available, as well as a vege patch salad featuring sweet potato and roasted squash. A great menu range.
84 Longland Street, Newstead. Tel: 3252 1581.
It’s worth making a trek to Coorparoo for this meat-lover’s paradise. Carolina Kitchen is particularly known for Aunt Lilly Mae’s BBQ ribs which are slow cooked in a special BBQ sauce, served with a Southern potato salad. If you don’t mind messy fingers, the buffalo wings here are a winner, served with a rich blue cheese dipping sauce. You can also pick up a hoagie here, which is just like a sub sandwich. We like the Philadelphia classic hoagie with ham, pastrami and salami with lettuce, tomato and cheese. If you can’t make it to the east-side, a brand new food truck will be hitting the roads soon, serving up a selection of these tasty treats. Worth chasing down the street.
38 Macaulay St, Coorparoo. Tel: 3847 8227.
The Smoke BBQ
A smoking hot menu can be found in this inner-city BBQ gem, with starters including bayou shrimp bites, buffalo chicken wings, and smoked ceegars, which is a blend of corn, spinach, cheese, red beans and some Southwestern spice rolled up in wrappers and fried. An impressive range of BBQ meat is available at The Smoke BBQ. It’s hard to go past the beef brisket wagyu, rubbed and slow hickory smoked and served in nice thin slices with a spicy Memphis sauce. Or try the bourbon lamb rib, which is also hickory smoked, and finished on the char grill and drenched in a smooth and rich bourbon BBQ sauce. All BBQ options come with fries and coleslaw which can be upgraded to a side of mac and cheese.
85 Merthyr Rd, New Farm. Tel: 3358 1922.
Mighty Mighty – Cue & Brew
Located in the shiny M&A complex in the Valley is the Mighty Mighty, serving up some mighty tasty eats. The beef brisket here is slow smoked for 16 hours, then mopped with a molasses BBQ sauce and grilled. This moreish meat is served with a pickle salad, smoked wedges, chilli and a shallot salt. For a dish that really encapsulates Southern dining, there is the blacken chicken and jambalaya waffle, which is served with prawns. Mighty Mighty also caters to the lunch crowd, with affordable options including a candied pig belly hoadie, with cheddar, red slaw and adobo, or there is a macaroni and cheese patty roll available.
100 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley. Tel: 3666 0184.
Pit Boss American BBQ & Eats
Back to the suburbs, you’ll find an all-American menu worth writing home about at Pit Boss in Newmarket. It’s worth visiting this place for the fries options alone, with options including pulled pork fries, cheesy fries, and chilli cheese fries. A range of ribs, pulled pork and buffalo wings are also available to go with your fries. There is also a loaded double chilli cheese dog, loaded with not one, but two hot dogs topped with Texas chilli, diced onion, American cheddar cheese, ketchup, American mustard, and dill pickles. For dessert you can find a traditional pumpkin pie, key lime pie or even a highly decadent peanut butter pie. Elvis would be proud.
190 Enoggera Rd, Newmarket. Tel: 3856 5979.
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