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We hunt down the best ribs in Brisbane

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There’s nothing quite like the hands-on, face-schmearing experience of tucking into BBQ ribs. An American must-have and the staple of any meat lovers diet, BBQ ribs make for one mighty, mouthwatering meal. So, we’ve skirted around Brisbane restaurants sampling all that we could find (hard job, we know) to compile a list of the best ribs in Brisbane.

Carnivores, prepare to meat your new favourite spots to coat yourself in sticky rib sauce. Get ready to be satisfied by massive portions of sticky, slow-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth ribs.

The Smoke BBQ | New Farm

Authentic American BBQ with a dash of New Farm soul. Once you’ve had a hint of this place’s alluring smell you’ll struggle to want anything but The Smoke BBQ’s succulent ribs. Drown yourself in BBQ sauce and say yes to another serving, no matter how tight your waistband feels.

Pig ‘N’ Whistle | West End

Slow cooked in a whisky BBQ sauce until the meat practically falls off the bone, Pig ‘N’ Whistle’s meaty beef short ribs are a welcome sight after a few glasses of wine from the cellar (we recommend a cabernet sauvignon if you need some pairing tips). Don’t be afraid to get hands on with these bad boys – or the crispy onions on top.

Ribs & Burgers | Various

With ribs in their name, how can you go wrong at Ribs & Burgers? Well, unless you take one look at the menu of almost a dozen different ribs and just decide it’s too hard to decide. Trust us, do ‘eeny, meeny’ or whatever you need to do – and then get the BBQ beef rack. Brisbane’s best ribs Chop Chop Changs | West End

Chop Chop Changs’ dine in, eat up atmosphere just screams ‘eat your own weight in food.’ Their twice-cooked sticky beef ribs with hot sour herb salad pack a real punch against the Brisbane rib scene. Get two servings – you won’t want to share. We have been known to skip dessert and order a second serving of ribs instead.

Bella BBQ | Mobile Food Truck

Roaming the streets of Brisbane to bring the BBQ to the people, Bella BBQ specialises in American BBQ, smoked ribs and wings. Street food made with a love of sticky, delectable treats and ribs that are slow cooked until they fall off the bone – this is casual dining that ticks all the boxes.

Embers | Milton

Treat yourself to a fancier feast. Embers steakhouse is an upscale ribs option that will definitely not disappoint. Choose between tender marinated pork spare ribs, slow roasted lamb ribs and Black Angus beef ribs, all smothered in BBQ chutney sauce. Best try to keep the sauce of your face here though.

Twelve Boar | Cleveland

For truly American ribs, head to Twelve Boar near the bay, where Californian Rick Palesh hunts down only the meatiest prime Australian meat for his 6 hour slow-smoked pork ribs. Marinated in a secret in-house spice blend, you can get them sauced up or ‘naked.’ best ribs in Brisbane 5 boroughs5 Boroughs | Ascot & Stones Corner

Smoked, slow-glazed and caramelised with a sticky bourbon sauce – 5 Boroughs just makes us want to put all 10 of our fingers on their beef short ribs. And their criss cross chips, which were just made for mopping up all the leftover sauce.

Hudson Corner | Albion

Hudson Corner BBQ and Ale House is one seriously delicious suburban secret. Northsiders, get excited – these guys have one ridiculously good rack. Chomp down on the dry rubbed, slow smoked pork ribs and celebrate in the flavorsome goodness as it slides off the bone and into your mouth.

Carolina Kitchen | Coorparoo

This is Coorparoo’s hidden gem, serving up authentic American flavors to locals. Don’t judge a book by its cover, especially when you haven’t eaten ‘Aunt Lily Mae’s BBQ ribs.’ Slow cooked, tender grilled pork ribs smothered in award-winning BBQ sauce, these babies are messy as hell in your hands, but butter soft in your mouth.

BLVD Restaurant | Springfield

Lamb, beef, pork – whichever meat it is you’re craving, you’ll find it at BLVD, smoked for hours over iron bark logs to achieve the ultimate smoky flavour. Can’t decide? Just grab all three on a BBQ platter with chips and slaw! And you might want to take a friend – or five. Before you go hog wild and devour some of the best ribs in Brisbane we should warn you, wear a bib or a disposable shirt, you’re in for a messy ride of Southern goodness.

God bless America!

Words by Millicent Bax and Lucille Burke