As I begin my journey to learn as much as I can about BBQ, I have learnt one thing.
There are many places in Brisbane that claim to have the ‘best’ BBQ, and sadly there are not many that do!
Today I finally found someone that can make that claim, today I visited That BBQ Joint.
That BBQ Joint is a mobile food van, and today it was located at the Milton markets on Little Cribb Street. I visited for lunch at 1140.
(Restaurant Appearance): 7/10
Because That BBQ Joint is a mobile van, I can only comment on the external appearance.
The van was easily identifiable, with clear signage, a large banner and the outside of the van appeared from a distance to be clad with corrugated iron sheets. On closer inspection, the sheets were actually a print, effective in giving the van that old shed appearance.
(Menu Selection): 8/10
The menu is displayed on chalk boards at the service window, and is simple yet attractive. It only serves BBQ and is not too complicated, with minimal add ons!
The limited menu selection serving only BBQ, is not an issue, as it a BBQ joint after all. The choices are:
– Pulled pork rolls with sauce and slaw.
– Beef Brisket roll with cheese, pickle, sauce and slaw.
– Smoked pork ribs with a potato and bacon salad.
– Pulled pork or beef brisket plate, served with either potato salad or slaw.
Today there was a special in addition to the single meat plate, which was a mixed plate of brisket and pulled pork, for an extra two dollars.
The owner of That BBQ Joint Brent, was one of two staff in the van, and he was very approachable and happy to discuss his business, and passion for BBQ. Despite being busy, he was quite happy to answer all of my pesky questions!
All of the ingredients for each dish was already prepared and ready at hand, and once the order was placed, service was quick and efficient.
I ordered the pulled pork roll, the mixed meat plate and a drink. Although I didn’t order the ribs, Brent kindly gave me a sample to try.
The sample that I was given met all my expectations , and these ribs have set a new benchmark for judging all others.
They were tender, full of that smoky flavour and covered in a sauce that enhanced the taste.
The best thing about them was that they were ‘smoked’, not boiled, had the membrane removed, and the smoke taste lingered with me for some time after.
In talking to Brent about how other restaurants claim to have the best ribs, we both agreed that you don’t need to tell people that you have the best, they will decide.
Today I have decided, and so far these are the best in Brisbane!
Pulled Pork Roll:
For me, there is no better way to eat pulled pork, than in a bun with coleslaw. I was looking forward to eating this dish, and I was not disappointed!
The bun was soft and fresh and filled with heaps of succulent moist pulled pork, sauce and a fantastic coleslaw. The combination of all these ingredients, made for a lip smacking sensation, several napkins were required!
Mixed meat plate with Pulled Pork and Brisket:
I wanted to taste both the brisket and pulled pork individually, so I decided to order the mixed plate special.
The two meats were served either side of a generous portion of potato salad, and both had ample amounts of sauce added.
There is a school of thought that brisket should not be served with a sauce. For me, I feel that it enhanced the flavour of the brisket. The brisket itself had a nice smoke ring, tasty bark and a nice fat layer.
If I was judging in a competition, my only critique would be that it was a touch dry, luckily I am no judge, as for me it was delicious!
The potato salad side and pickle garnish, was a great accompaniment for the two meats, balancing out the richness from both. It had a great texture, smoked bacon flavour and the potato was not over cooked.
Finally the pulled pork, an ample serving of moist, tasty melt in your mouth goodness! Without the roll and coleslaw, the serving of pulled pork was just Devine, and it’s flavour and moistness wanted me to come back for more.
The mixed plate is a perfect way to taste all that is good about BBQ, well cooked meat with a great smoky flavour that melts in your mouth.
(Cost): 9 /10
I have always said that ribs are too expensive in Brisbane, with $15 for a half rack being reasonable, anything more and it’s not value for money.
That BBQ Joint has a half rack of pork ribs for $12. After tasting ribs in other places, you will not find better value for money, especially when they taste this fantastic!
For just over $20 including a drink, I challenge anyone to find better value for money. The portions were more than generous, and in my opinion it was money well spent.
Overall Experience): 41/50
In talking to Brent during my visit he said that, “his food may not be perfect, but then what is”.
After dining at his mobile restaurant, I would say that he is not far from being up with the best in Brisbane, that’s for sure!
The food ticks all the boxes for me, it actually has a great BBQ flavour, that is only enhanced by the addition of sauces. The serves are generous , taste and look good, and great value for money.
The whole reason for my journey to the USA is to not only learn how to cook the best BBQ that I can, but to also taste as much BBQ that I can.
So far, this is the best BBQ I have tasted in Brisbane.
Is it the best I have ever tasted?
I will let you know when I get back from the USA.
If you love BBQ, do yourself a favour and visit That BBQ Joint soon, but hurry, the food is that good, it may be sold out by the time you get here!