Bring on those sunny weekends hitting the BBQ out the back garden, and just in case great British weather plays up, here’s our list of our top 10 banging places to get your alternative BBQ in. Let’s celebrate National BBQ Week…
1. Meat Feasting at HotBox
They started off at Street Feast, with a few festival pop ups and finally HotBox parked up their smoker in the heart of Spitalfields. 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.
Must-try: The pork ribs at Street Feast.
2. Keep it Simple with Smokestak
You’ll find these guys at Street Feast locations this National BBQ Week with their impressive smoker doing their thing (damn bloody well) with ribs, pulled pork and brisket buns. The menu is short and sweet, but you can’t go wrong with this melt-in-the-mouth meat. You won’t be sharing.
Must-try: The beef brisket in a bun.
Find them: Street Feast London – Dalston Yard, Hawkerhouse and Model Market
3. AmeriKorean from Busan BBQ
Busan BBQ’s Busan Burger is based on a few essentials from Korean BBQ: crisp lettuce, great beef, sweet salty soy marinade and an earthy sauce made from ssamjang (Korean BBQ dipping sauce) – it’s their most popular dish. The heat from their spicy food is usually rounded out with an element of sweetness.
Find them: Venn St Market every other Saturday | Dead Dolls House in Islington every Thursday throughout May.
4. Head to the Shawarma Bar at Berber & Q
Following the success of Berber & Q’s smoked meats cooked over charcoal, look out for their new Shawarma Bar opening this June. Expect shawarma slow-cooked on a spit, Middle Eastern cocktails, wine and beer. Co-founder Josh Katz takes influence from Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel, and closer to home, the shawarma houses of Golders Green. ‘I hope Shawarma Bar will bring this wonderful, and eclectic dish to a new level with fresh, high quality ingredients’.
Must-try: Lamb Shawarma with herb salad, gem leaves, green chilli, grated tomato, tahini and sumac onions. Make your own wraps with the meat, or eat as you please.
Find them: Berber & Q | 46 Exmouth Market, EC1R 4QE
5. Japanese Izakaya dining at Sosharu
Sosharu takes on the form of izakaya-style dining – Japanese pub – and throws in beautiful presentation, (no gimmicks, we promise), while taking you on a journey through a selection of Japanese cooking methods, including dishes off the grill. There’s a range of dishes that are perfect for sharing (as in the izakaya fashion), so you can try a bit of everything.
Find them: Read more on Sosharu here | 64 Turnmill St, London EC1M 5RR
6. Oysters New Orleans Style at Decatur
We say get inspired and try out a twist on the grill – add some oysters! Take top-quality British ingredients, add American South cooking and you have Decatur. You’ll find dishes inspired by Decatur Street, Louisiana, celebrating the lesser-known flavours of this area.
Try: The Wild Oysters New Orleans Style – chargrilled with Garlic Pecorino Butter.
Find them: Decatur at Pamela | 428 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA
7. Eastern Flavours at Walter & Monty
Expect deep flavours and long marinades, cooked on charcoal. The meat is always well seasoned and you will see a lot of garlic, lemon, coriander, cumin, parsley, paprika, sesame. Founder Alex Kaye is meat obsessed and doesn’t think meat can taste better than when it is cooked over coal.
Must-try: The ‘Summer Tales Beef Picanha’, as well as the butterflied Leg of Lamb.
Extra: Read our interview with founder Alex Kaye here.
Find them: Walter and Monty | 6 Bury Court, London EC3A 8EP
8. Jerk at Rudie’s
Think island life with jerk flavours, boozy rum cocktails and perfectly relaxed vibes in this spot. Whether you go for a sharing plates or big meat feasts, the menu offers a nod to traditional Jamaican dishes and the main attraction – the jerk chicken. Try it with the ‘papaya hot sauce’ and pair it to the tasty Slaw (with a delicious coriander twist) and rice and peas.
Extra: Read our Top Tips for Summer BBQs with Rudie’s here
Find them: Rudies | 50 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XB
9. Peruvian Grill at Ceviche
Go for South American flavours with a taste of Peru at Ceviche. Yes, you can still make space for their name-sake dish, but you’ll be wowed by the hearty dishes off the grill too, whether it’s the Pollo a la Brasa – rotisserie chicken; or the Squid Barbacoa. Expect refreshing citrus flavours and herbs to complement the meats.
Must-try: Chifa Wings (chicken), with rococo and panda chilli, soy sauce and chancaca honey.
Find them: Ceviche | See website for locations
10. Mangalitza at Pitt Cue
Pitt Cue’s menu offers various cuts from the Mangalitza. Try it cured, served with walnuts, or take a learning curve on meat cuts and try any cut that’s available on the menu, along with a few starters and sides.
Must-try: Any meat dish with the Mushroom and Bone Marrow Mash, which was one we’ll be raving about for some time to come.
Find them: Pitt Cue Co | 1 Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YP