When it comes to American style barbecue, a few venues have popped up around Perth in the last couple of years. I have to admit, I haven’t rushed out to try them because I’m pretty fussy when it comes to meat.
While you wouldn’t be able to tell it based on my blogging adventures, I actually don’t eat much meat – maybe three to four times a week. I love vegetables and grains and nuts: that’s my wheelhouse. So meals revolving around red meat in particular, they’re a big deal for me… and they need to impress (and not overwhelm).
I’ve been to Side Door BBQ twice for dinner. Both times, it was great – it really hit the mark. The meats are slow cooked and smokey, the fats melting in your mouth and the house-made sauces pack a punch. So when I received an invitation to attend the launch of their new brunch offering, my curiosity was definitely piqued. And I was excited to head down on a Saturday morning with Jeremy to join other foodies for what was promised to be a feast.
Brunch at Side Door BBQ is available Thursdays and Fridays 11am to 3pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 9am to 3pm. And it’s not limited to breakfast dishes, there’s meats and sides that you’ll find at night – and a boozy cocktail list to choose from too.
So if you’re anything like me, heading in on a Saturday morning after a big Friday night out, some hair of the dog was most welcome. I chose mine in the form of a boozy lemonade – whereas Jeremy was happy with a bloody Mary. And it was a beast.
After some careful consideration, Jeremy decided on the smoked and pulled chicken sandwich in a brioche bun with pineapple, creamy coleslaw and hot and spicy sauce, served with fries on the side ($15.00).
It’s a great size plate for the price, and looked the part.
Did it deliver? Smokey – yes, flavour – yes, buttery brioche bun – yes. He was really impressed. It’s not a burger, it’s a sandwich in a bun and he happily polished it off. Fries were dunked in the house espresso bbq sauce and declared winners.
Considering the team at Side Door haven’t studied under deep South American chefs, and actually garnered much of their knowledge from YouTube – it’s pretty legit in my opinion. They know their way around a smoker.
While the hot dog sounded appealing, I decided to create my own platter to share with Bryony from Perth Eats. An enormous tray of brisket ($11.00), chilli and cheese sausage ($10.00), pork ribs St Louis cut ($25.00), hush puppies ($10.00), mini cornbread loaf with maple butter ($10.00) and mac and cheese ($12.00) came out and looked the part.
I love the cornbread here. The maple butter is so damn yum – though there’s never enough for me. I like my butter with teeth marks in it. But luckily they were happy to bring out extra for me.
We chose so well for what was on our platter. The sausage – YUM. The brisket – juicy and fatty. But the pork ribs were something else, and great to see a different cut to the normal baby back ribs, this version is gargantuan and so flavoursome. I loved mopping up the meat with the four different bbq sauces on offer.
We put our best effort in. But there was too much in the end to finish – which was fine because Side Door offer containers to take home food so there’s no wastage. It’s great to see this since so many restaurants these days err away from doing so.
All that meat left me too full for dessert, but I happily snapped some of the other dishes on the table. The key lime tart was the popular choice, though the giant brownie seemed to go down well too.
And when I say giant, it was epic!
As far as brunch goes, I can’t really say much about the traditional dishes on Side Door’s menu – but the standard offering of smoked meats and cheesy sides, and the sandwiches stuffed full of filling left us happy, full and sated.
A few cocktails, lots of bbq sauce… yup, this was a great way to kickstart my weekend.