Carnivorous Brisbanites rejoice! We have gnawed, nibbled and noshed our way through our own body weight in barbecue meats, to offer you up the very best rib joints in our fair city. Here are our favourite Brisbane rib restaurants.
VANGUARD BEER GARDEN AT ALFRED & CONSTANCE
This eclectic space at the (dare we say) 'posh' end of Fortitude Valley would seemingly be the very last place you'd think to look on your quest for a rack of babybacks. But behind the mish-mash of Hawaii-Gothicana interiors (yes, this really is a thing), is a wood-fired oven and Brazilian barbecue pit, fit to char the mightiest of meats. A&C's Memphis pork ribs are drizzled in a smokey goodness that can only be described as leading you towards food-coma territory, and are some of the best ribs you'll find in Brisbane. If you make it out of your meaty haze and find yourself with a thirst, waddle upstairs to Tiki Bar, and whet your whistle with a 1950 Zombie to polish you off for the night.
FIX RESTAURANT AT THE PORT OFFICE HOTEL
One for the sophisticated rib eater amongst us, this is inner city grilling at it's best. Fix is all moody lights and deep seats, where you're likely to dine with fellow suit n' ties. But, you won't find dainty portions here; the 1kg serve of Gooralie free range pork ribs are the business. This meaty mountain, suggested as a share dish (or one man's epic journey to the dreaded meat sweats), is juicy, tender, and big on flavour, with a decent slather of perfected barbecue glaze. A side of spiced wombok leaves is a welcomed vege' addition to break up the mammoth meat-athon.
The Smoke bbq
Previously known as 'Blue Smoke', The Smoke is a cowhide clad, American grill house has gained a loyal following since its conception and is a must-try spot on your Brisbane rib road trip. Like your meat smoked in-house? We do. Want authentic, American home-style cooking with soul to boot? Who doesn't! Memphis dry rubbed short racks, Bourbon lamb ribs, and thick-cut St Loius style pork ribs are just a taste of their infamous offerings, including some pretty sensational Buffalo wings (we went for blue hot — we were feeling pretty brave, and it was worth it) and a side of home made corn bread with a melted butter and honey dipping sauce. You heard right — melted butter dipping sauce.
Mighty Mighty Cue and Brew
Another up-town addition to the Brisbane rib scene is the new Mighty Mighty Cue and Brew in M&A Lane. As the name suggests, 'cueing is one of their signature moves, and the two rib dishes on offer are quite literally impossible to choose between. But, choose you must, and whether you go with the spice-rubbed and smoked pork ribs served with a butter bean salad, or the mountainous 900g smoked and glazed barbecued beef short rib, plated up with a traditional Waldorf, you'll be pretty pleased with yourself. We highly recommend you top your ribs sesh' off with some sweet potato fries and one of their many fine American beers.
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