Brisbane's best brisket | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane's best brisket

If you’ve got a hankering for a big pile of tender slow cooked meat, you can’t go past a brisket. It’s not just us and the whole of Texas who think so either, brisket pops up in Jewish cuisine (the ultimate comfort food – seriously), Korean BBQ and Vietnamese pho. But we like ours the meaty, melt-in-your-mouth juicy kind of way, best served with lashings of sauce and a side of carbs to mop it all up. So in keeping with our cravings for slow cooked goodness this winter, we’ve rounded up Brisbane’s best. Mighty Mighty | Fortitude Valley The new masters of US BBQ in Brisbane, Mighty Mighty and their 16 hour beef brisket are the stuff of legend. Keep it all to yourself, or share it with a side of cheesy cheddar corn bread and jalepeno poppers. Public | CBD It might be a slick city joint, but you’ll still have juice on your chin by the time you’ve finished with Public’s Texas brisket with black beans. Spread a napkin on your lap and prepare to make a food baby. BLVD Restaurant | Springfield Lakes With eight hour wood-smoked brisket so tender it almost crumbles when carved, BLVD is seriously worth the venture out to Springfield. Paired with mountains of scrumptious sides like black peppered coleslaw, mac ‘n’ cheese, seasoned fries and a sweet and sticky BBQ sauce, it’s the definition of finger lickin’ good. They even have do takeaway if you’re worried about making too much of a mess stuffing your face. The Smoke BBQ | New Farm The original and the best, The Smoke BBQ has been smoking up brisket for half a decade, and practice really does make perfect in this case. Rubbed in their special Memphis seasoning and hickory smoked, it comes with plenty of sauce to mop up with fries. Bella BBQ | Food truck The only thing better than a big pile of brisket? A big pile of brisket between buns of course! Bella BBQ roams around town dishing up some seriously tender slow smoked brisket, piled high on a burger loaded with potato salad, cheese and smokey BBQ sauce. Southern Attitude | Bulimba Braised for 10 hours and drizzled with a sweet and sticky bourbon peach glaze, Southern Attitude’s brisket is all sorts of fine. And even better with a side of onion rings and sweet potato fries. Hansel & Gretel | Gaythorne Brisket for breakfast is the ultimate protein packed start to the day right? Not to mention the pulled pork, chorizo, bacon and beans the Woodchopper’s breakfast at this café in the ‘burbs offers. Best make time to sleep it off afterwards. Papa Jacks | Fortitude Valley You’ll want to bring a few carnivorous friends to this pile of meaty goodness (and to share the hefty price tag), which comes with Johnny cakes for handy fork-free scooping. Can’t make time for dinner? Pop in for a speedy lunch and get the smoky brisket piled on rye bread with Swiss cheese and BBQ sauce. Brisbane Brewing Co. | West End What goes better with brisket than beer? Ok, maybe whiskey, but a cold brew is still pretty damn good. And it’s not just a tender brisket you’ll be pairing it with if you split a brewer’s platter at this beery spot, you’ll also wash down pulled pork shoulder, potato salad, pickles, cheddar and corn bread. Steak is sooo last year. It’s time to jump on the brisket bandwagon. Words by Ranyhyn Akui