If nothing makes your mouth water more than the thought of tender, melt-in-your-mouth slow cooked meat, then we have just the new restaurant for you.
Opening at Newstead’s Gasworks today, Monday 15 June, Smokey Moo is an American barbecue restaurant dedicated to slow cooked smoked beef, and nothing else. Now if the name Smokey Moo sounds familiar, it should—this meat temple was originally located over in East Brisbane, where they opened in 2018. Two years on, after amassing an army of meat-loving fans, owners Shalom and Wensley Bitton decided they needed a bit more space, and found the ideal location in the Gasworks precinct.
The venue was due to open in the final week of March this year—yep, the very week lockdown started and dining in was officially banned. With their East Brisbane location already shut down, the team were left twiddling their thumbs for a few months, but now they’re back and ready to welcome diners into their brand new venue—and what a venue it is.
With a fit out designed to appeal to the urban cowboy in all of us, Smokey Moo’s interior features just enough corrugated iron, unfinished timber, cowhide leather and desert cacti to give off a Wild West vibe, without making you feel like you should be wearing a Stetson. There’s tables both outside overlooking the iconic Gasworks structure and inside next to the open kitchen, and trust us when we say you’ll want to be inside—the scents coming out of the massive smoker in here are enough to make anyone drool.
The menu is pretty much a meat eaters' playground, with slow cooked cuts of beef smoked over black wattle and macadamia wood for eight to twelve hours making up the bulk of the menu. Yep, it’s all beef—no southern fried chicken or pulled pork here—but who needs any other kind of protein when there’s juicy brisket, beef ribs, pastrami (which is cured for three weeks) and beef cheeks to be had?
You can order the meat by weight, at either 250g, 500g or 1kg (sharing recommended), as a platter with two sides or in one of their signature dishes such as The Dirty Dozen, which features all four kinds of meat alongside a side of fries topped with mustard, cheddar, tomato sauce and caramelised onion. If you’ve opted for just the meat, there’s sides of crispy potato skin chips, loaded potato skins, creamed corn, coleslaw and cobb salad to pair it with—all the classic American barbecue favourites. Yee haw!
If that wasn't enough to sway you, the drinks menu is worth visiting for all on it’s own (there’s stools at the bar for just that). Knock back a Firewater, with cinnamon whiskey, iced tea, apple syrup, apple slices and a smoked cinnamon quill, a Dirty Harry Hard Lemonade or Smokey Old Fashioned. There’s also a selection of fine wines, and an impressive handcrafted beer selection, to wash down some of that all-American goodness.
Image credit: Ranyhyn Laine