For a true a carnivore, life doesn’t get much tastier than a plate piled high with tender BBQ meat, matched to a couple of cold brews. In fact, just the thought of it has us drooling! Thankfully, the past few years has gifted this city with a swag of meat-focused eateries, offering menus packed full of barbecued delights. Pump up those iron levels and fire up those tastebuds, with our pick of Sydney’s best BBQ joints.
The revamped Potts Point Hotel is slinging a stand-out menu of BBQ eats guaranteed to get you salivating. All the meats are smoked with care in the house smoker for up to 8 hours – from the grain-fed Black Angus beef brisket, to the Carolina-style pulled pork shoulder. Can’t decide? Head in from 5.30pm each Sunday to have a go at the $25 smoked feast, featuring two kinds of meat and a bunch of sides.
One of Sydney’s newer BBQ joints, NOLA plates up a contemporary take on Southern American dining, its space bright and breezy, and its menu riffing on all the finest flavours of New Orleans. Here, a refined range of BBQ meats includes treats like vine-roasted Junee lamb, brined organic chicken and a Rangers Valley brisket that’s smoked for 14 hours. It’s all complemented by a spirits-focused drinks list, and a downright impressive collection of whisky.
This contemporary Newtown pub has a menu as diverse as the crowd it pulls, though meat-lovers will find it impossible to go past the line-up of dishes coming in hot from the beer garden’s charcoal BBQ. We’re talking half charcoal chickens, succulent spice-rubbed lamb rump and a share-friendly BBQ platter piled high with an assortment of meats. Nab an al fresco table and team your feed with a few craft brews or a cocktail jug.
Imagine finger lickin’ American BBQ with an Aussie twist and you’ll have a pretty good idea of the deliciousness that awaits you at The Endeavour Tap Rooms. Brewery, bar and restaurant, rolled into one tasty package, this venue’s dishing up a menu of house-smoked meats and a range of house craft beers to match. Roll in for pulled pork shoulder and Louisiana-style ribs, alongside a tasting paddle.
With a name like that, there’s no question about it – this Chippendale BBQ joint has the answer to all your smokehouse cravings. Here, a Southern Pride smoker turns out top-notch meat treats five nights a week, the menu running from smart bar snacks, to generous serves of beef short rib and paprika smoked chicken. Backing up the eats is a lineup of classic sides and a broad-ranging drinks list.
While The Oxford Tavern’s regular offering boasts no shortage of meat options, true BBQ fiends know that the kitchen’s special Black Betty menu is where it’s at. Available Friday through Sunday, it features meaty delights like beer brisket, smoked chicken and a ‘dino rib’, along with sides like burnt end beans. Wash it all down with one of the $12 drink specials – cocktails on Fridays, jugs on Saturdays (12-6pm) and Bloody Marys on Sundays.
When it comes to booze-matched BBQ feasts, no one does it quite like Surly’s. At this American-style BBQ joint, a fire-box smoker turns out the kind of low’n’slow Nashville-style eats you dream about – hearty serves of brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs and tender pulled pork, to go with classic sides like cornbread and slaw. To match, there’s banging classic cocktails, a tight selection of wine and a solid curation of local craft beer.
To experience a South American take on BBQ dining, head on down to Churrasco – a Brazilian-style BBQ joint serving an all-you-can-meat situation for just $43 per person. Working its magic with a custom-made smoker and a custom-made Brazilian BBQ, this popular spot offers everything from 5-hour smoked pork belly, to chicken heart skewers. To match, try some twisted classic cocktails, jugs of the signature sangria, or a couple of easy-drinking beers.
Coffee pit-stop by day, lively bar and BBQ joint by night, Low & Lofty’s knows a thing or two about big flavours. The food menu here is a fun mix of slow-cooked Texan BBQ and tropical Caribbean flavours – so expect treats like Jamaican jerk wings and poutine fries, alongside pork ribs and lamb hatchets fresh from the pitt. There’s sports on the big screens, DJ’s at the weekend and plenty of vibrant cocktails to help to keep those meat sweats at bay.
A BBQ joint that celebrates the flavours of Argentina, Porteno’s whipping up some truly ripper fare using a traditional parilla (barbeque) and asado (fire pit). This kitchen’s famed for dishes like grilled short ribs and wood fired Berkshire pork, which sit alongside lighter options like wood fired cauliflower. Team your feed with a bottle from the global-reaching wine list, before heading next door for a nightcap at sister wine bar, Wyno.
A BBQ joint with a Merivale edge, Papi Chulo collects its inspiration from all over the globe, the menu flecked with Asian, American and Canadian influences. The chic waterfront venue proves a stylish setting for a slow-cooked feast, and the award-winning wine list is one that trips happily across Australia and Europe. Also impressive is the lineup of signature cocktails, including treats like the rum and sherbert-infused Lime Tart.
For a proper Texan-style BBQ feed, right here in your own backyard, you’ll find it hard to top a visit to Enmore’s beloved Bovine & Swine. Here, a custom-built smoker fires up at 5am each morning, promising drool-worthy meats cooked low and slow, available until sold out each night. Get your kicks with a generous meat plate, matched to a couple of crisp Young Henrys brews.