The American food trend that has swept the globe in the last few years has been nothing short of remarkable, and it seems like it came from nowhere. The Smoke BBQ in Brisbane’s New Farm is O.G. – they’ve been smoking, frying, grilling and more down in the Merthyr Village Shopping Centre on Merthyr Road since 2006, well before the trend kicked in. If you make the journey to this part of the CBD, you’re going to be spoiled by their selection of American-style smoked meats and chicken wings: so book a table now.
The smokehouse is an iconic of American cuisine – particularly in the South, where barbecue is king – and it is becoming ever more popular outside of the US of A as well. Australia is never far behind the States in picking up on a food trend, and at The Smoke BBQ, they have gone one step further than the average American joint. Head chef Steve Johnson has imported a smoker direct from the old country and installed it on Merthyr Road in Brisbane’s New Farm, where they put it to great effect.
The Smoke BBQ deals predominantly in, well, smoked meats and barbecue, but there is far more to their repertoire down on Merthyr Road in New Farm. They offer pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs and hickory chicken, of course, but they have other American classics as well, such as hurricane wings, buffalo wings and shrimp to start, as well as fries, mac’n’cheese and corn on the cob to go on the side. Book your table at The Smoke BBQ in the Merthyr Village Shopping Centre in New Farm for one of the best American meals in Brisbane.
Love this place. Great service, meals come out quickly, and are delicious! Tonight we had wings and new farm fries! So good! Staff are super friendly and attentive.
A wonderful local restaurant serving great barbecue. Great wings (beware the 3rd degree, they don’t mess about with the chilli!) and sides, good service and friendly atmosphere.
I went here for my bday dinner last night 17 people. Every thing was brilliant. Food came out within 20mins for all of us. And the meals are oh my goodness to die for. I LOVED THE BOURBON LAMB RIBS!!!! Will definitely be going back
Great food. Pleasant staff. Do not go there looking for the vegan option, as you will be disappointed. Venue can be noisy inside, and can be noisy outside with passing traffic.
Watched the food channel all day my mouth was salivating and was not disappointed when I arrived at The Smoke BBQ. Read a few bad reviews so naturally was a bit sceptical but boy was it good. Great service, Friendly Staff, Beautiful Food, Good Atmosphere altogether perfect BBQ experience. Even got to take home the leftovers for Brioche Buns today. Don't listen to the reviews and give it a go guys, everyone has a different opinion.
I took my 9-year daughter to The Smoke BBQ for lunch. Not only was the food absolutely delicious, but the waiting staff (owners?) were friendly, prompt and unobtrusive. The pork ribs were beautifully moist with a sauce that had just the right balance of sweet, spicy and tangy. My daughter loved her beef ribs, and the sides were good too. We’ll definitely be returning with the rest of the family to try out the chicken wings!
The Smoke is always a feast of Biblical portions, and something you should walk off for quite some kilometers! The place is small and the staff work hard and the quality of the food is consistent. I have been here many times and I have felt welcome but not to linger-it's not that sort of place as your seat is coveted by the next lot. In winter they have a bit more difficulty keeping the food warm, but nobody seemed to be bothered. The previous time I went it was Bastille Day, so I took a bottle of French wine but they quite firmly said no BYO. Hmm. Last night it was American Independance Day but there were no festivities to speak of, which I thought a bit sad. So, baseline, excellent, hearty food, service OK, venue OK, price OK. You should go.
I hadn't eaten there for about 6 years, and I always loved their ribs, slow cooked for 18 hours, so I was looking forward to enjoying a meal there... well... there were no beef or lamb ribs on the menu, sold out apparently, and I was there at 6.30pm... so I tried the pork ribs which unfortunately was very dry, in fact it was dried out and almost impossible to eat without washing it down with a beverage, which took forever to arrive, as did the main meal. The second round of drinks which I ordered at the conclusion of the entree didn't arrive until I'd almost finished the main course. It was also a very noisy place, akin to a German beer hall in October, hard to have a conversation with people only centimetres away. It was also considerably dearer than my last visit, too dear for what was on offer. So my candid opinion is, it's expensive, food was poor quality, the service was bad and it's not a nice quiet or relaxing environment to enjoy a meal. Very disappointed and won't be going back, will try out another rib restaurant in future.
The food is absolutely amazing. Meat tender and well flavoured. Chicken moist and perfect. Salad fresh. Chips coated in something crazy good. Try the cee-gars as a starter, they were amazing. 2 person indoor Tables a little too close together. Tables themselves are small. Not very good for dates. Very hard to have a conversation without being listened in on. Could hear every word from the table next to us. Be better with a larger group. We will try an outdoor table next time for even a small amount of privacy. Otherwise perfect
Fantastic food and fantastic service. I couldn't recommend The Smoke BBQ enough to anybody that loves authentic tasting American BBQ. David and his staff make you feel welcome as soon as you walk in and the experience doesn't change throughout your time there. We will back!