While it’s considered the quintessential American lazy food, even the best backyard BBQ requires time, a little preparation, and the dreaded clean-up. Feeling the meat cravings but bummed out about the effort required? We’ve got you the perfect solution with our favourite restaurants for all things barbecued and more in Singapore.
This award-winning household name is one of our favourite Western restaurants for a good reason. Serving up delicious barbecue at great value since 2012, COLLIN’S® combines the brand’s known attention to detail with the best ingredients to attain perfectly balanced dishes. Aside from Mishima Reserve premium wagyu (from S$58), they also feature premium cuts of Rioplatense Beef from Argentina (from S$22). Choose between sirloin or ribeye steaks grilled to perfection, or chow down on the Signature BBQ Pork Ribs (S$17/half slab) for a sauce-y dinner. The brand has just opened their eighth outlet at the newly-redeveloped Funan. Come unwind over refreshingly crisp beer on tap or enjoy a tipple over the classic cocktails – a perfect gathering over premium Western cuisine.
Red Eye Smokehouse
Red Eye Smokehouse might be a no-frills BBQ joint, but their meats are pretty extravagant. Serving only quality and responsibly-sourced meats, each rub is tailored according to meat type and uses a complex blend of spices for maximum flavour. Favourites include Angus Short Ribs (S$11/100g) and US Angus Beef Brisket(S$15/100g), and their sides like Sweet Potato Fries and Bone Marrow Butter Mashed Potato are nothing to scoff at either. Typically a night-only operation, the restaurant will soon start serving their BBQ smoked meats during lunch hours from mid-July onwards.
Red Eye Smokehouse is located at 1 Cavan Road, Singapore 209842, p. +65 6291 0218. Open Tue-Fri 12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm, Sat 12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm, Sun 12pm-3pm and 5pm-9pm. Closed Mon.
Best known for their crowd-favorite Sticky Bones (S$27.90/half slab) – signature prime pork ribs slow-cooked and smoked to tender mouth-watering perfection, then basted with their sweet and tangy hickory flavored BBQ sauce – Morganfield’s never disappoints with their hearty gourmet dishes and great music. Serving up the best ribs in town, we recommend visiting on family day for the completely indulgent Weekend Ribs Buffet: featuring free-flow Sticky Bones, a plethora of sides and soups. This family-friendly restaurant also offers a Kids Eat For Free promotion on weekends and public holidays, so bring your kiddos along for a family barbecue party! (Note: one kids meal per paying adult main meal, redeem up to two kids meal per table.)
Pioneering as Asia’s first authentic Texas-style barbecue, Decker Barbecue delivers the real deal with their quality meats and honest cooking. This Southern-style restaurant stays traditional with their low and slow smoking over wood (up to 16 hours) and secret seasoning recipe that will keep you coming back for more. It’s not exactly your fancy stop, but is BBQ ever fancy? For premium cuts coupled with generous drink portions (and craft beer too), it’s worth the visit to Robertson Quay.
This legendary Australian-run restaurant boasts its own custom-made grills and oven fired with sustainably sourced Jarrah wood from Western Australia only. It’s also all visible to the public eye through their open-concept kitchen, so guests can choose front row seats for a unique barbecue experience. If you’re not already enticed, you should know that Burnt Ends recently ranked 59th place at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list (our article here), making it one of the two Singapore restaurants to rank in the top 100.
Burnt Ends is located at 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391. Open Fri-Sat 11.45am-2pm, Tue-Sat 6pm-11pm. Closed Sun-Mon.
Think big Southern-style barbecue with endless amounts of meat. Open by the team behind Burnt Ends, this modern smokehouse is home to two large smokers and a cool room for charcuterie. Talk about dedication, because Meatsmith recreates the perfect dish with mastery every time. Check out their house-made sausage, generously-stuffed Suckling Pig, and Pork Ribs smoked over hickory wood for up to 14 hours. Oh, they just opened a new outlet at Makansutra Gluttons Bay, serving up Western barbecue with touches of Asian flavours at affordable prices.
Meatsmith has three outlets islandwide: 167/169 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068620; 21 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209894; Makansutra Gluttons Bay, 8 Raffles Ave, 15 Esplanade, Singapore 039802. Telok Ayer branch opens daily 11.30am-late. Little India branch opens Tue-Fri 5pm-late, Sat 11.30am-late. Makansutra Gluttons Bay branch opens daily 5pm till late.
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club
Not just your typical barbecue party with juicy sizzling meats, Camp Kilo presents its dining experience as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. With their outdoor seating nestled near the tranquil riverside of Kallang, diners can unwind with beers and of course, some of the tastiest meats in town. Don’t underestimate their barbecued meats – watch them roast a whole 30kg pig on their self-made pit for over four hours.
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club is located on 66 Kampong Bugis, Level 1, Singapore 338987, p. +65 9830 6252. OpensFri 5.30pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-late.
True to its name, the key ingredient to this authentic American BBQ joint is smoke. Using a secret blend of seasonings and USA-imported wood chips, Smokey’s BBQ goes the extra mile to slow cook their meats for that tender and robust glory, whether it’s Southern-Style Smoked Fish or St Louis Pork Spare Ribs. Oh, their BBQ sauce and dressings are all housemade too! Visit on Wings Wednesdays to enjoy their signature Buffalo Wings at just S$1 each.
Smokey’s BBQ is located at 73 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427790, p. +65 6345 6914. Open daily 3pm-1am.
Top Image: Burnt Ends