We go around the world (in London) for our pick of the best BBQ spots, this National BBQ Week…
Berber & Q: Mangal Mondays
What is it: Berber & Q are hosting Mangal Mondays, with four of London’s hottest chefs for a mangal mash up. Each chef will be creating a feasting menu of mezze dishes followed by meats piled high on the classic Berber sharing trays alongside their interpretation of Ocakbasi salads and sides.
Must-try: Kicking off the collaboration series on 5 June is Oscar Holgado, who will be showcasing Pitt Cue’s bold and punchy dishes including Pistachio Mangalitza Sausage with fermented celeriac remoulade and Cumin Spiced Smoked Lamb Shoulder.
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen: Best for African Flavours
What is it: Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen showcases traditional Ghanaian recipes with a twist for the modern kitchen. Born to a Ghanaian father and Irish mother, Zoe is on a mission to cook delicious African food, inspired by her time exploring recipes in her grandmother’s kitchen.
Must-try: It’s all about grilled lamb cutlets with Zoe’s spiced peanut sauce (you just have to try it). Or go for kebabs with a twist – there’s the rump beef suya kebabs, which add a kick to your feasting.
HotBox: Best for Bottomless Brunch
What is it: From smoked beef rib tacos to hot scotch bonnet ribs; Mulato spice rubbed Iberico pork steak to a jerk spiced cauliflower steak; there’s something for everyone. Get feasting and wash it down with banging cocktails and craft beer this National BBQ Week.
Upgrade to bottomless brunch on Saturdays for the time of your life.
Must-try: The pork ribs.
Find them: Hotbox | 46-48 Commercial St, London E1 6LT
Gourmet Goat: East Mediterranean Village Classics
What is it: Gourmet Goat’s dishes are inspired by authentic East Mediterranean village classics that have been passed down each family over generations. Co-founder Nadia Stokes spent countless hours harvesting, foraging and cooking alongside her grandmother – Mrs Elpiniki.
Try: Head to Gourmet Goat in Borough Market for their signature grilled kid goat kofta, freshly made each day using lean kid goat mince. This streetfood favourite is available in either a Greek pita wrap; in a bulgur what pilaf bowl with East Med slaw or in an East Med seasonal salad bowl, plus homemade tangy tzatziki and sensational fresh green chilli salsa.
Timmy Green: Best for Aussie Style Brunch and Steak
Must-try: The steak cooked to perfection over the Josper’s 500 degree coals.
You’re spoilt for choice with sirloin, rib eye or chateaubriand, all served with twice-cooked duck fat fries, topped up with house salad, and with an optional spicy BBQ, béarnaise, or peppercorn sauce thrown in.
Alternatively if it’s a quick bite you’re after, try the Prime lamb cutlets roasted on the Josper and served with housemade chilli pesto.
Or make it brunch on the weekend with Steak & Eggs, including rump steak, broken crispy rice, mushrooms and chimichurri.
Timmy Green | Nova Victoria, Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1E 5DJ
Adam Rawson’s Takeover at Brixton Beach: Best for Cuban Flavours
What is it: Head to Brixton Beach for a colourful paradise, serving up cocktails and streetfood. Visitors, prepare to turn up the heat in Cuba – from sun-kissed sand and bright, vivid murals to pastel beach huts. Adam Rawson’s takeover on Thursday 1 June is the first of Brixton Beach’s weekly BBQ popups by renowned chefs and restaurants.
Must-try: Adam will showcase his limited edition Cubano Medianoche Burger as well as an array of BBQ dishes including Pina Colada Ceviche, Pollo Al Estillo Cubano (Cuban-style chicken, avocado mayo, salsa criolla) and Spiced Fries with Mojo Verde.
The Blues Kitchen: Deep South Smoke
What is it: You can’t beat the atmosphere of The Blues Kitchen. With the aroma of smoke wafting and the sound of blues ringing through the room you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the Deep South.
It’s all about the BBQ, with meat that falls apart, and which has been slow smoked for hours.
Must-try: We recommend sharing a mix of meats and ordering as many sides as you can manage. From Beef Brisket and Short Beef Rib, to St Louis Pork Rib, you’ll feel the meat sweats for sure. And you shouldn’t have to choose between the crispy onion rings, sweet potato fries, mac and cheese, beans with burnt ends or coleslaw. We could go on…
Don’t miss: Monday Rib’s Night – £10 for an epic stack of slow cooked beef and pork ribs
The Blues Kitchen | See website for locations
Carioca Brixton: Best for Brazilian BBQ
Try: Rio de Janeiro’s street food is a big inspiration for Carioca, with its fresh food and vibrant colours! You’ll find influences from Portuguese, African and native South American cuisine.
Go for the Brazilian BBQ – an epic feast including a chicken, pepper and onion skewer, angus rump skewer, grilled chicken wings, 1 coxing (a moreish croquette stuffed with shredded chicken, herbs and spices), 1 beef back rib croquette, grilled pineapple, and cassava fries. phew. Served with homemade Churrasco sauce.
Or try the Grilled Portuguese chorizo, served with black honey syrup and crispy maize bread.
Carioca | Unit 8, Boxpark Croydon, 99 George Street, Croydon CR0 1LD | Opening hours: Monday-Thursday, 8am-10pm; Friday, 8am-11pm; Saturday, 9am-11pm; Sunday, 9am-10pm
Bó Drake: Best for East meet West BBQ
What is it: Bó Drake is celebrating summer with their new BBQ Sharing Tray, a Sunday feast for two piled high with smoked and grilled meats. The tray combines the sweet and pickled influences of East Asia, with slow-cooked American BBQ methods.
Must-try: You can’t go wrong with Miso Glazed Baby Back Ribs, Samjang Smoked Chicken, Bao Buns & Wrapping Lettuce and more.
Priced at £20 per person, it’s the perfect, summery alternative to the Sunday roast, and crucially, it isn’t weather dependent.
Bó Drake | 6 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DE | Launches on Sunday June 11, the new BBQ Sharing Tray will be available every Sunday at Bó Drake from 12 noon – 8.30pm
SMOKESTAK: Best for Meat Sweats
Try: The menu is short and simple – essentially a celebration of meat treated well.
Begin with the snacks including Cured Pigs Jowl and the Pigtails to start off your feast.
You simply can’t miss the USDA Brisket Bun and pickled red chilli either (a firm favourite in mini form, so you can get your meat fill). Then there’s a tough choice between the Thick-cut Ribs and pickled cucumber.
Oh, and when deciding on sides, it’s all about the Jacket Potato with sour cream and chives – pure comfort food alongside all of that meatiness.
Butlers Wharf: Best for a BBQ Festival
What is it: On Saturday 3 June Butlers Wharf are hosting a BBQ Festival. Each restaurant will be serving a choice of 2 dishes.
Enjoy succulent meat dishes at Butlers Wharf Chop House, Poussin (poultry) at Le Pont de la Tour, Seafood at Cantina del Ponte and vegetarian options at Blueprint Café.
Tickets include unlimited food across four restaurants and one drink. Choose your drink from one of the four on offer at the restaurant of your choice. On arrival to the event, collect your wristband and drink token.