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Where to Get Authentic BBQ in London

By Malika Dalamal
July 15, 2014

Nothing says summer like a sizzling selection of smoked meats and comforting side dishes. Feast on everything from ribs to pulled pork and chicken wings at these seven authentic American-style barbecue restaurants in London. 

  • The Joint 
    Originally a pop-up started by a chef who made the slow-cooked meats and a baker who made buns to go with them, this casual eatery is now a permanent fixture in Brixton Market. 

    Don't Miss: Asian BBQ 16-hour pulled pork in a homemade bun infused with vanilla and fig (£7).

    Side Show: Sweet corn with BBQ butter or herb butter (£3.50).

    87 Brixton Village Mkt., Coldharbour Ln., SW9 8PS

  • Pitt Cue Co.
    London's favourite Southern U.S.-style BBQ spot is still going strong despite the loss of head chef Neil Rankin. They don't take reservations and with only 30 covers you can expect to queue, but the selection of pulled pork, ribs and bourbon makes waiting in the cold worthwhile.

    Don't Miss: The daily specials, which could be anything from home cured and smoked jowl to smoked Cornish lop loin chop or house sausage.

    Side Show: Crispy shiitake mushrooms and pork scratchings.

    1 Newburgh St., W1F 7RB; 020 7287 5578

  • Q Grill 
    At his recently opened Camden bar and restaurant, Des McDonald (The Fish & Chip Shop, Holborn Dining Room) took his inspiration from the Deep South.

    Don't Miss: Bag of barbecued Cornish hen wings (£6.50).

    Side Show: Creamed corn (£3.50).

    29-33 Chalk Farm Rd., NW1 8AJ; 020 7267 2678

  • Lazybones 
    This Farringdon diner/bar is the BBQ equivalent of MeatLiquor. It's laid-back, fun and inexpensive with really good food.

    Don't Miss: Pulled pork and slaw (£7.95) served in a brioche bun.

    Side Show: Smothered fries covered in melted Monterey Jack cheese (£6).

    5 Cowcross St., EC1M 6DQ; 020 7250 3336

  • Porky's 
    Memphis-style BBQ in Camden and Bankside where meaty ribs, pulled pork, juicy burgers and more are cooked 'low and slow' in smokers imported from Oklahoma. Expect little fuss — just great food and cold American (and local) craft beers.

    Don't Miss: Pulled pork smoked for 18 hours and served with a toasted bun (£8.95).

    Side Show: BBQ beans (£2.50) and cheesy corn hushpuppies (£4.50).

    18 Chalk Farm Rd., NW1 8AG; 020 7428 0998

  • Red Dog Saloon
    A Kansas City-inspired BBQ joint with branches in Hoxton and Clapham. Barbecued ribs, pulled pork and wings are smoked over hickory and mesquite for a fuller smoky flavour.

    Don't Miss: St. Louis cut ribs (£16.50) or Bar-B-Q chicken sandwich (£7.95).

    Side Show: Mac 'n' cheese (£3.50) and wedge salad with blue cheese and bacon (£2.95).

    Various locations

  • Smokehouse
    Neil Rankin (Pitt Cue Co; John Salt) brings his barbecuing expertise to this Islington pub where 'quality and provenance are key' and the smoky dishes take inspiration from French, Malaysian, Korean and Spanish cuisine.

    Don't Miss: Smoked pork rib-eye and pulled pork (£16.50); smoked duck, kimchi and potato cake (£19).

    Side Show: Korean pulled pork (£5.50) or chopped brisket roll and gochujang (£7).

    63–69 Canonbury Rd., N1 2DG; 020 7354 1144

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Places Mentioned

Red Dog South

Barbecue • Clapham

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Q Grill

Bar And Grill • Chalk Farm

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John Salt

British • Islington

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MEATliquor

Burger • Marylebone

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