A few weeks ago, my wife and I traveled to Brisbane for an appointment. It finished early and so we were left trying to work out what to do. We had taken the day off work, and our son was in day care… what are a married couple supposed to do when they’re on their own in the big city? Chase down some great BBQ, that’s what!
– The view from the top of the hill is amazing –
Sitting in the car at 10 am in the morning after our appointment, I let my iPhone do the walking and started searching for BBQ restaurants close to where we we were. Upon finding claims of having the best wings in Brisbane, we decided on the smoke BBQ in New Farm. I had vague memories of New Farm from when I lived in Brisbane in 2001. It is on the edge of Fortitude Valley where I used to go out partying. Which explains why my memories of the area are vague…
With time to kill we decided to take a walk around New Farm and check it out. We ended up taking in the view from the top of the hill and around midday started making our way back through town, which is when all the hipsters started coming out of the woodwork. I even wandered past a barber shop with vinyls on the windows of men with the biggest, bushiest beards I’d ever seen. Having never had a hair cut at a real barber shop before I had to satisfy my curiosity. A hair cut and a beard trim cost me $40. I hate to say it, but I couldn’t really tell the difference between this hair cut and when I buzz cut it myself in the bathroom at home! At least it included two beers!
– My $40 hair cut –
By the time I was done it was opening time at the smoke BBQ, so in we went.
The first thing that impressed me was the art work: finally I found a motto to live by! Even though we were there at the start of lunch on a Wednesday, the atmosphere was great: the colours, furniture, music and even the bubbly, friendly attitudes of the staff were spot on. The manager even took five minutes out of her busy schedule to tell us the history of the restaurant and a bit about the owners, explaining the smoke BBQ‘s connection to genuine southern American style BBQ.
My second biggest love after BBQ is good quality beer and the smoke BBQ did not disappoint. There was a wide selection of local and imported beer and my wife was delighted to find some high quality America beers from her hometown. And no, Bud, Millers and Coors are not high quality American beers.
But getting back to the point of the story, we were there for the food. We had to try these ‘Best Wings in Brisbane’ for ourselves, and I’m also a huge fan or pork ribs, so we ordered one of each. The chicken wings were spectacular: crispy on the outside and moist on the inside with a delicious buttery taste. Unfortunately the sauces had cheese in them so I couldn’t try them, but I ate some wings with some ranch dressing and that was fantastic. My wife said that double-dipping the two cheesy sauces and taking a big bite of chicken was simply divine. The ribs were equally delicious. They were thick and tender with a smokey taste which when topped with their BBQ sauce really set my taste buds alive. The picture below shows the smoke ring in the ribs and is evidence of the traditional way in which these ribs are cooked. But the big question is, are these the best wings in Brisbane? I certainly haven’t found better! Next time you’ve got a hankering for some BBQ, do yourself a favour and get into the smoke BBQ – you won’t regret it!