the smoke bbq, new farm

You can smell the alluring aroma of the succulent ribs before you even enter The Smoke.  Half of New Farm has been seduced by the smell with the restaurant almost totally full as we arrive for Sunday dinner following a show at the nearby Brisbane Comedy Festival.  Happily there are seats at the bar which reminds me of many trips to the States where a spot at the bar is the most fun place to be. 

I could live on this corn bread and honey butter

I could live on this corn bread and honey butter

The Smoke does not disappoint on this front.  There are even real Americans who run the restaurant, awesome!  The bar staff are welcoming, chatty and swift to serve us with a real margarita made with some quality Patron finished with a salt rim.  Aaaahhhh, just what the doctor ordered.  Our drinks are soon accompanied by some soft, warm corn bread, which we smothered with some delicious honey butter.

I swear I would have been delighted with my margarita and an endless supply of corn bread but like all good American establishments there was a sizeable menu to be enjoyed and we greedily ordered the Buffalo Chicken Wings with the hot sauce & the original sauce (how could you not) and the Smoked Chicken Ceegars (think of a really plump, non greasy spring roll filled with south west goodness).

Buffalo chicken wings with original and hot sauce at The Smoke BBQ

Buffalo chicken wings with original and hot sauce at The Smoke BBQ

Had I been a sumo, I would have also ordered the spinach & artichoke dip, the spinach and strawberry salad with blackened salmon, the mac 'n cheese and the ribs (the smoke machine thingy is imported from the States) Instead I saved room for dessert and oh so glad I did.  I have 3 words for you - Peanut Butter Pudding.  

On my second visit to The Smoke it was lunchtime so lighter fare was in order.  I chose the Smoky Chicken salad, which I should have known, was going to be massive.  No matter, the smoke on that chicken was so yum that I smashed it and the majority of a warm, fudge nut chocolate brownie with vanilla ice-cream that could easily feed 2 adults, with only a little bit of help from my friend!

Oh so good, the plump smoked chicken ceegars at The Smoke BBQ

Oh so good, the plump smoked chicken ceegars at The Smoke BBQ

The Smoke is a relaxed, casual venue that's a great spot to chow down with some friends and knock back a few cocktails.  Be sure to wear adjustable pants though because you will not leave with the same waistline as the one you arrived with.  God bless America.

I would recommend this bad boy be shared between 2 adults - Warm fudge nut brownie with vanilla ice cream

I would recommend this bad boy be shared between 2 adults - Warm fudge nut brownie with vanilla ice cream


The Smoke BBQ

85 Merthyr Road, New Farm, QLD


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