London's 10 Most Authentic BBQ Joints
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 10 authentic American-style barbecue restaurants in London.
Miss P's Barbecue
Find authentic Atlanta barbecue at Pop Brixton — the new foodie hangout made out of upcycled shipping containers. Taking inspiration from their native Georgia, the boys behind Miss P's use a 'low and slow' cooking technique with lumpwood charcoal and oak to fuel their smokers.
Don't Miss: Dry-rubbed and slow-smoked beef brisket.
Side Show: Homemade coleslaw.
49 Brixton Station Rd., SW9 8PQ
Originally a pop-up started by a chef who made the slow-cooked meats (pictured above) and a baker who made buns to go with them, this casual eatery is now a permanent fixture in Brixton Market and Marylebone.
Don't Miss: Asian BBQ 16-hour pulled pork in a homemade bun infused with vanilla and fig.
Side Show: Sweet corn with BBQ butter or herb butter.
Pitt Cue Co. (pictured at bottom)
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
For his Camden bar and restaurant, Des McDonald (Vintage Salt, Holborn Dining Room) took his inspiration from the Deep South.
Don't Miss: Bag of barbecued Cornish hen wings.
Side Show: Creamed corn.
29-33 Chalk Farm Rd., NW1 8AJ; 020 7267 2678
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 served in a brioche bun.
Side Show: Smothered fries covered in melted Monterey Jack cheese.
5 Cowcross St., EC1M 6DQ; 020 7250 3336
Memphis-style BBQ in Camden and Bankside where meaty ribs, pulled pork, juicy burgers and more (pictured above) 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.
Side Show: BBQ beans and cheesy corn hushpuppies.
18 Chalk Farm Rd., NW1 8AG; 020 7428 0998
The Blues Kitchen (pictured at top)
Find proper Texan barbecue at the Shoreditch and Camden branches of Blues Kitchen where the meat is smoked over hickory, oak, mesquite and fruit wood. There are live acts and DJs to keep you entertained.
Don't Miss: The famous brisket chili – a bowl of chili made with brisket beef and served with sour cream, cheddar, jalapeños, onion and tortilla chips.
Side Show: Cornbread with BBQ butter.
Opening at the end of the month (July 31) is a new BBQ restaurant in Kensal Rise serving classic Texan-style slow-and-low-cooked barbecue. The two-floor, 80-cover restaurant will be a lively spot with music provided by DJ Yoda.
Don't Miss: St. Louis pork ribs.
Side Show: Brisket hash.
109 Chamberlayne Rd., NW10 3NS
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 or Bar-B-Q chicken sandwich.
Side Show: Mac 'n' cheese and wedge salad with blue cheese and bacon.
Neil Rankin (Pitt Cue Co.; John Salt) brings his barbecuing expertise to this Islington pub and more recently to Chiswick 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; smoked duck, kimchi and potato cake.
Side Show: Korean pulled pork or chopped brisket roll and gochujang.