Calling all carnivores—if ribs, brisket and pulled pork get you drooling, then we’ve got great news. We’ve rounded up the finest smokehouses Brisbane has to offer, serving up everything from blue cheese buffalo wings to hand-pressed burger patties. So lasso the gang together and practice your Southern drawl, these are the best American barbecue joints in Brisbane.
Barbecue Mafia Smoked Meat Co.
Like your meat cooked low and slow? Barbecue Mafia is the place for you. Located on Brisbane’s southside, this casual eatery’s meat is authentically wood smoked for over 12 hours to bring you the best barbecue money can buy. A word of warning: you’ll have a hard time choosing between their wagyu brisket, mouth-watering lamb shoulder, and smoked buffalo wings, let alone their extensive range of house-made sauces. Just know that whatever you choose, it’s hard to go wrong.
The Smoke BBQ
Brisbane’s original home of southern-style barbecue opened its doors on American Independence Day, so it scores extra points for authenticity. The Smoke BBQ has stood the test of time, and remains a local favourite even as new barbecue joints continue to pop up around the city. With genuine Kansas City barbecue wings and hickory smoked ribs to load your shotgun for, expect authentic American BBQ fare at its finest.
For meat so tender it falls apart in your hands, set your sights (and your stomachs) on Twelve Boar. This southern BBQ joint is known for serving up huge portions at wallet-friendly prices, meaning you’re practically guaranteed a food coma by the end of the night. Head to Twelve Boar for meat so delicious even the Americans can’t fault it, and get tucked in to some barbecue by the bay.
Proof BBQ & Booze
For some of that Kentucky-style southern hospitality we all know and love, you can’t go past Proof BBQ & Booze. The menu is filled with American barbecue classics, including mouth-watering pulled pork, buffalo wings with blue cheese sauce, tomahawk steaks and beef brisket. As if the meat wasn’t enough, the restaurant is stocked with over 100 different whiskeys (mostly American, of course), because nothing goes together like barbecue and hard liquor.
With a brand new restaurant gracing Gasworks Plaza, Smokey Moo promises just one thing: crazy good beef. And boy, does it deliver. But this isn’t just any old ribs joint. The team behind Smokey Moo have done away with the sides you’d typically expect to find on their menu. They’ve even abandoned barbecue sauce in favour of housemade jus. But don’t let that put you off —the restaurant has amassed quite a following since it first opened in East Brisbane just over two years ago.
Big Roddy's Rippin Rib Shack
A rib shack so popular they had to open a second location, you know you’re in for an epic feed at Big Roddy's Rippin Rib Shack. Big Roddy’s saucy ribs are the stuff of legend, so it’s no surprise they keep the recipe under wraps. Pair them with the shack’s champion lager for a night you won’t forget (or won’t remember). Make sure you get a side of the jalapeno poppers, along with one of everything else on the menu.
Known for their hand-pressed burger patties and delicious sides (we’re talking housemade Texas chilli cheese fries that will blow your mind), Hudson Corner has been treating northsiders to authentic American barbecue since 2014. Be sure to visit on Wing It Wednesdays, where you can grab Hudson BBQ wings for just $1 a pop. Yee haw!
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Image credit: Barbecue Mafia, Twelve Boar, Big Roddy’s