Smokin’ Barry’s | South Melbourne
Next time you’re walking down Dorcas Street, just follow your nose. You’ll soon pick up a smoky zephyr, a little waft of braised meat, that subtle tang of BBQ sauce. Keep following that trail and it’ll lead you straight to straight to the new Smokin’ Barry’s HQ.
This is the brand’s first bricks and mortar space, having dominated the BBQ food truck game in Melbourne for years. Owner Jim White thought it was time to settle down, and he picked a hell of a spot.
Set inside a double-storey terrace in South Melbourne, the guys have gone for a matte black colour scheme, scattered greenery, tan leather bench seats, and a big neon B. There’s even a beer garden out back (‘The Patio’) which has room for 40 hungry punters.
Let’s move onto the menu. If you’ve ever caught Smokin’ Barrys at an event or market, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect. Fall-apart pulled pork, slow-cooked beef brisket, big fk-off burgers like the ‘Triple B’—beef, bacon, brisket, mayo and crispy fried onions on a toasted brioche bun.
The trademark Barry beef and pork rolls are back, and the guys are also slinging some excellent Italian deli sandwiches, stuffed with salami, pastrami, ham, pickles and Swiss cheese. Did we mention the brioche brekky burgers with double bacon and double egg for $8? Not too shabby.
If you’re a fan of northside BBQ institutions like Bluebonnet and Bluestone, give Barry’s a crack. They follow a similar Texas-style, ‘low and slow’ approach to meat, but these guys also have a secret spice rub that’ll blow your mind.
Expect to see us here a LOT in summer. Patio, brisket burger, ice-cold beer. Happy days.
Image credit: Mel Desa