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Australia's best BBQ joints to try before the nuclear apocalypse

Because life's too short for bad BBQ. 

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Bad Shepherd Brewing Co.
 
 
Bad Shepherd Brewing Co. is the brainchild of Dereck and Diti Hales. From soft tacos to fried chicken bites, Bad Shepherd combines smoked meats and comfort food delicacies in a warm friendly environment. Be sure to check out the Pulled Pork BBQ sandwich while you're there.
 
386 Reserve Road, Cheltenham
 
Bluebonnet Barbeque
 
Bluebonnet's unique approach to food and beverage make it a stand-out in Melbourne. Featuring small plates of gourmet produce as well as hot smoked Berkshire Pork Belly, Bluebonnet also run a master class on smoking brisket. Well worth looking out for if you'd like to learn how to cook some meat like the pros. 
 
32 St. Georges Road, Fitzroy North
 
Dexter 
 
Imagine the perfect hot jam doughnut, except this time around you're replacing jam with smoked brisket. This is what you're in for when you walk through the door at Dexter’s on High Street, Preston. The perfect balance between sweet and salty is achieved by mixing paprika and sugar in the dough, before being rounded out by a capsicum relish.
 
456 High Street, Preston
 
Bovine & Swine Barbeque Co.
 
Bovine and Swine are leading the charge for great meat eats in Sydney. All of the meat on offer on the menu is cooked for 12 hours in a hand-built smoker and used alongside Australian Iron Bark wood to impart a unique flavour and texture throughout each of their dishes. 
 
92 Enmore Road, Newtown, Sydney
 
Pit Boss American BBQ & Eats 
 
Combining friendly service with burgers, peanut butter pie as well as buffalo wings and chili fries, if you’re looking to feed your belly in Brisbane, head to Pit Boss. Walking through the doors, the restaurant doesn’t really look very appealing from the outside, but it definitely makes up for it with the food. From BBQ packs including pork ribs covered in a North Carolina-style signature sauce, be sure to stop by Pit Boss next time you're in BrisVegas. 
 
190 Enoggera Rd, Newmarket, Brisbane
 
Kong BBQ 
 
Leading the charge for Korean BBQ in Melbourne is Kong BBQ. Combining various elements on their menu including dumplings, buns, wings, as well as a fire pit BBQ option, the variety of dishes on offer is mouth watering. The signature dish to the Fire Pit range is the Bossam BBQ plate. Cooked for 16 hours, the brisket melts in your mouth and complimented by watercress and grilled chili.
 
599 Church Street, Cremorne
 
Le Bon Ton 
 
A combination of New Orleans and the Deep South, Le Bon Ton in Collingwood makes BBQ both look and smell fabulous. Headed up by brothers Will and Mick Balleau who previously have worked in the Richmond restaurant Chingón, the atmosphere created is something special. Combining an astroturfed courtyard with plenty of twinkling lights overhead, you come to Le Bon Ton for the great BBQ offerings and stay for the relaxed atmosphere. Combining char-grilled Wagyu beef with crispy bacon and cheese, onion, tomato, pickles and a spicy ketchup check out the Le Bon Ton Cheeseburger.
 
51 Gipps Street, Collingwood
 
Meat Mother
 
The home of BBQ in Richmond since 2013, MeatMother combines all your favourite BBQ flavours into one restaurant including fried chicken and smoked meats amongst a plethora of other delicacies. With craft beer to pair their delectable food options, the burger to try would definitely be the fried chicken burger. Meatmother have taken things next level adding watermelon, coleslaw and hot sauce for good measure. 
 
167 Swan Street, Richmond
 
Big Boy BBQ 
 
Headed up by Lance Rosen, one of the originators of American BBQ into the Melbourne scene, Big Boy has been serving up barbeque delights since 2011. Affordable food that will melt your tastebuds and then some, the pick of burgers on the menu would be The Carolina which is pulled pork scotch fillet on a sesame seed bun with coleslaw and BBQ sauce. Additionally, Big Boy offers classes with the man himself, Lance Rosen.
 
Shop 2,  27-31 Hardware Lane, CBD
 
Fancy Hank’s
 
Everything that comes out of Fancy Hank’s is nothing short of divine. Located at the top end of Bourke Street, Southern cooking techniques combined with local produce sees the lauded eatery putting a unique spin on American traditions. With a brown sugar rub, paprika as well as black Berkshire pig, the pulled pork shoulder is just the start of smoked options including pork ribs, chicken, and sausages. Who's hungry?  
 
79 Bourke Street, Melbourne