Whilst these top 5 lists are not in any particular order, these BBQ restaurants and smokehouses are some firm favourites of Foozie and we think them deserving of a shout out! If you are looking for inspiration for your next smoked meat fix then have a scroll…
Address: 41 The Triangle, St. Nicks Market
Famous for their skills with meat, Grillstock have been pioneers of the Bristol BBQ scene for quite some time. Their smoky, slow-cooked meats have been popular for years and even spawned the success of Grillstock’s yearly festival; which celebrates both meat and music. Using locally sourced meat and produce, Grillstock also curate and make their own rubs and seasonings for their meats, and their burnt ends are an absolute must.
Address: 1 Hannover Quay, Bristol BS1
Situated on the waterfront is Spitfire BBQ, where you can satisfy all of your grilling needs. The menu is endless, with staple favourites such as ribs, wings and brisket. However, it’s the sharer that is the perfect option for meat lovers, it contains: spitfire bacon, wings, jerk chicken legs, onion strings, pickled chilli, slaw, corn on the cob, bread, bossback ribs and a dirty dog. Phew. Meat I up.
Address: 98 Mina Road, Bristol BS2
OK, so technically not a ‘BBQ’ restaurant as such, but The Cauldron is a venue where everything is cooked over fire and there is no electricity in the kitchen. Pretty impressive too when the kitchen is open in view and the chefs here don’t seem to break a sweat. The Cauldron serves up a mean smoky steak unlike any other restaurant in Bristol and also has a delicious, well seasoned, perfectly cooked burger as part of their menu offerings. We might as well say it now, although it is a big claim, but their chips are also the best in the city.
Address: 185 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7
Smokehouse and Grill VoodooQ is one of the newer resident restaurants on Gloucester Road. They’ve brought the city’s biggest burger with them too – The High Priest Challenge burger. Not for the faint hearted or small stomached, this monster is made up of four 8oz patties, plus bacon, cheese, chilli, pork and brisket. There are also lots of menu options ‘from the smoker’, hotdogs and burnt ends to sample.
Address: Various Bristol markets
You can always spot Smoke Catering in a Bristol street food market by their impressive 12-foot smoker. Gaining their inspiration through travelling in America (and even taking part in training in Texas), the husband and wife duo behind this venture now aim to bring delicious, low and smoked meats to hungry Bristolians. The menu reads like a dream, with slow smoked pork and meat baps, slow cooked brisket and pork’s shoulder and also smoked fish for those who fancy something a little different. What BBQ meats are not complete without homemade BBQ beans too right?