Must-try BBQ in Melbourne

More than just meat on the barbie, barbecuing is a fine art that takes patience and dedication to make, and bibs and wipes to eat.  Here’s where to get your fingers sticky in Melbourne.

Fancy Hanks

For a traditional Southern American BBQ you can’t go past Fancy Hanks. They do their roasting slow (up to 22 hours) in their custom built smoker. Brisket, ribs, pulled-pork, you name it. And because clearly it’s already a cheat day, head on upstairs and wash away the meat sweats with a classic cocktail at Good Heavens rooftop bar.

a hand holding a knife and pork picking up pulled pork from a plate

Fancy Hanks

B’Cos Brazil

B’Cos is the go-to place for traditional Brazilian street food. Build your own meal or pick from a range of favourites including the slow cooked pork or beef, or perhaps even try a traditional Picanha (Brazilian steak). All ingredients are organic and locally sourced. Finish your meal with a delicious Pudim de Leite Condensada – a traditional oven-baked caramel pudding. Yum!

Hopscotch

Nestled along the Yarra River in Southbank, Hopscotch ticks all the right boxes and some extras you hadn’t even considered. A nitrogen ice-cream bar. Tick. Cocktails, frosé and a wine list to die for. Tick. An entire menu section dedicated to messy one-handed eats. Tick, tick… boom.

Messy table full of fried and barbecued food

Food you can eat with one hand from Hopscotch

Big Boy BBQ

Bring the big boys and your big appetite to Big Boy BBQ. Shared meat platters are a menu highlight, with feeds ranging from single-serves to a feast for six. Saucy beef brisket, beef pastrami, pork ribs and jumbo sides are some of the combinations on offer. Add crispy fried onion strings, because, onion strings.

Meatmaiden

This Meatmaiden from Melbourne sure knows her way around the kitchen.  There are no ordinary glazes found here. The menu boasts saltbush lamb shoulder with yoghurt and herb dressing, beef short ribs and even a 20-hour smoked brisket. You can’t go past their $30 lunch special if you’re looking for a cheeky Friday lunch.

Table with lots of plates of barbecued food and oysters.

Meat done right by the Meatmaiden

B Churrasco

Take the whole gang to B Churrasco for a Brazilian barbecue feast. Take a seat in the heritage listed converted warehouse and wait for your meat to arrive, all carved and served at your table. Just make sure you’re hungry.

Coming soon

Dexter

This Preston-based barbecue institution is spreading its wings and will soon be opening its doors in the CBD. Taking over a three-storey building, Dexter will feature a restaurant, cocktail and snack bar, and a rooftop with a wicked view. Their ever changing menu has everything your carnivore heart desires – all things smoked, cured, glazed and glorious. Enjoy it with their speciality bone marrow mash, or maybe even try a meat donut.

Heroes

Three floors not enough barbecue for you? The guys at Fancy Hanks have taken it up a level and are set to open Heroes, a four story feast of barbecue brilliance. No ovens, no stoves, just wings, skewers and all of the meats cooked on an open flame. With an underground function space, karaoke rooms and an enviable Melbourne rooftop – what more could you possibly want?