If you've ever been overcome with the irrepressible craving for meat, mountains and mountains of glorious meat, we've come up with your dream list. From Southern fried chicken and sticky black ribs to slow roasted pork belly and the wagyu brisket of gods, your carnivorous cravings will find reprieve. From some of Sydney's best restaurants, brace yourself for some serious meat sweats.
LP's Quality Meats | Chippendale
When Luke Powell heads an establishment, you know it'll be good. Former head chef at Tetsuya's and co-owner of Mary's, Newtown, Powell's meat-centric joint peddles cured meats of the cold variety, and hot smoked goods. Opt for the cold belly ham on a hot day, or dig into smoked lamb belly stuffed with merguez. For the more omnivorous eaters out there, accompany your pork hock or roast duck smoked with some leeks with hazelnuts and yoghurt.
Brooklyn Social | Surry Hills
If Brooklyn Social seems more hip bar than BBQ joint, you'd be mistaken – it's both. Drenched in Americana from décor to menu, start off with the drinks list. After a stint in Manhattan with your gin cocktail, chow down half a rack of glorious, sticky, tender ribs, or dig your way through a bucket of southern fried chicken. Those looking for a carb hit with their meat might err towards the double beef patty quarter pounder.
Papi Chulo | Manly
Merivale and meats – two words we're glad to see together. The smokehouse and grill that is Papi Chulo is American BBQ with a touch of class typical of any Merivale establishment. For some of the best American BBQ in Sydney, go for something from their smoked BBQ menu, where everything has been slow-cooked for at least six hours. There's the pulled Kurobata pork shoulder, maple black pepper pork belly, Suffolk lamb ribs drenched in homemade BBQ sauce, and a hefty wagyu brisket. Those looking for smaller servings will find plenty in the wood fire grill menu, with wagyu beef, chicken and seafood galore.
Goodtime Diner | Bondi Junction
If you think American BBQ and jump straight to Southern fare, you wouldn't be far off. Inspired by the food in New Orleans, some of the heartiest, meatiest grub in the States, Goodtime Diner boasts all the usual barbeque suspects with lashings of authenticity. Grab half a smoked and spiced Southern chicken, 17 hour (yes, 17) BBQ pulled pork, or 12 hour beef ribs. If smoky flavours aren't your thing, order something from the Low and Slow menu, with slow cooked beef steak and pork ribs on offer.
Jazz City BBQ | Surry Hills
If ever there was an immersive American diner experience, this would be it. Order your meat from a vintage felt sign, pay by weight and grab a seat in the dark, neon-lit diner. Think gloriously caramelised brisket, smoky short ribs pared with delicious sweet cornbread.
Panama House | Bondi
The co-owners of Panama House travelled through Mexico and Central America, picking up nifty tricks and flavour combos culminating in a diverse menu. Yes, it's localised around the South, but dishes vary from New Orleans sticky black ribs to ceviche with tequila, lime and beer dressing. Of course, there's Southern fried chicken with creamed corn, Panama burger and po'boys, but also a hefty taco selection and key lime pie for dessert.
Keg & Brew | Surry Hills
Formerly the KB Hotel on Foveaux St, Keg & Brew has been relaunched with American gusto. If the tagline of "bourbon, beer and bites" won't get you there, maybe deep-fried oysters, Philly steaks and buttermilk fried chicken will, not to mention the 33 varieties of tap beer and countless bourbons and whiskies.
Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ | Potts Point
If open air nights and lofty heights are your thing, head over to Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ (but make sure to book in advance). With a diverse grill menu, satiate your meat craving with harissa chicken skewers, a whole rack of ribs, wagyu steak or a hefty chunk of pork belly, all served with hand cut potato fries. Those looking for more of a flavor hit can add chili caramel, citrus aioli, red wine jus or a trio of mustard sauces.
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