A small, kitschy eatery in the upper North Shore, Taste of Texas gets very busy, very quickly – especially on weekends. The tri tip is popular – it’s a cut of beef that’s leaner and firmer than brisket, and often found in California. Try that, or the Texas BBQ Stampede, which will give you a taste of everything. As for sides, the potato salad is a winner.
102/100 Pacific Highway, Waitara
Head to the Oxford Tavern and meet Black Betty: the huge smoker that only operates on Friday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. She cooks up the best barbeque in the inner-west, with dishes influenced by different states in the USA. There’s wagyu beef brisket (injected with beef broth for extra juiciness), lamb ribs, chicken burgers, as well as fish tacos, coleslaw, beans and free bread rolls.
1 New Canterbury Road, Petersham
In Surry Hills, Surly’s is a dive bar that’s a go-to for foodies, and a guaranteed good time. It dishes up the kind of smoked barbeque that dominates the American South, with the portions to match. Think ribs, beef brisket, chicken and pulled pork, all smoked in-house and served in baskets. There’s also fried chicken and banh mi to nibble on in between games.
182 Campbell Street, Surry Hills
LP’s Quality Meats will make your meat just the way you like it: hot, cold or cured. The smoker was shipped over from Texas, and gives the meat a delicious crust and smoky, rich flavour. Try the T-bone steak or short ribs, or go all out and order the six-hour smoked lamb belly stuffed with merguez sausage.
Suite 1, 12-16 Chippen Street, Chippendale