If the weather is determined not to spring, embrace the wet weather indoors with some of Melbourne’s best finger-licking sticky ribs. Tender, juicy and slathered in lip-licking sauce – grab your bib, because we’ve got the ribs.
Meaning “slow” or to take easy, you’ll certainly need to after a serve of Polēpolē’s sticky fried chicken ribs. Served with whipped cardamom honey, hummus aioli and smoked dukkha, lick, dip and chew your way through Polēpolē’s ribs. When the rib-free section of the menu is labelled “not ribs”, you know you’re in a good spot. Enjoy all-you-can-meat Tuesdays for $39 per person, if you can never stop at just one rib.
Pork ribs hit the table glistening with maple and bourbon glaze at The Beaufort and Ike’s. Cooked low and slow before being chargrilled, these ribs are served with tangy pickles. Pair them with the Beaufort’s extensive range of cocktails, spirits and beers for an indulgent night out.
Brace yourself for sticky fingers at dearest Dear Liza. Wedged into the ground floor of an apartment tower, Dear Liza serves sticky chargrilled pork and beef ribs in half kilos. Nibble your way through tender, sticky ribs with classic American sides including buttered char-grilled corn cob with bacon salt or mac and cheese with Eric’s black garlic and crunchy topping.
Oh Deer Korean Fusion
Korean BBQ doesn’t get much better than Oh Deer, which serves twice cooked coconut beef ribs. Topped with fresh chilli, coriander, and peanuts, these spice-packed ribs are the perfect pre-party feast.
Le Bon Ton
Make a beeline for the pit-smoked meats section of the menu at Le Bon Ton. Crispy smoked lamb ribs are rubbed with a spiced coffee mix before being coated in sweet and sour BBQ sauce – just like your childhood nuggets, only ten times better.
Mint rubbed lamb ribs paired with The Gem’s famous smoked mac and cheese with a bacon crumb is the ultimate comfort meal. Choose your favourite corner with your favourite beer on those nights when Melbourne's spring weather isn’t feeling friendly.
Just like the television character of the same name, Dexter doesn’t like to play by the rules. From short ribs coated in glistening caramel to hot meat donuts, the Dexter team proudly serve contemporary barbeque dishes. If you’re a picky sticky eater—head to Dexter for something new.
Smokey’s All American BBQ
Port Melbourne, Prahran
For classic Texan barbeque, head into Smokey’s. Expect traditional philly cheesesteaks and hand rubbed beef brisket alongside some of the best pork ribs in Melbourne. Pit-smoked, flame grilled and basted with their finger licking housemade BBQ sauce, these ribs are also served with fries, because they know what the people want.
Big Boy BBQ
Even big boys will require an infinite number of napkins at Big Boy BBQ. With ribs served as half or full racks, the saucy glazed lamb and saucy glazed pork ribs are everything that’s promised in their title. Sides like crispy fried onion strings and potato salad with mayo and pickles are a non-negotiable pairing.
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Image credit: Oh Deer Korean Fusion.