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Bluebonnet Barbecue brings Southern American flavour to Brunswick East

Bluebonnet Barbecue has landed permanent residency amongst the thriving strip of stores that make Brunswick East its own. 

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Bluebonnet is absolutely owning its presence with a blast of flavours, a refreshing new space, and a lengthy cocktail list to catch any mood you may be floating in. First off, I have to say it’s near-impossible to create such cosiness in spaces this large. I always find the comfiest eats are in smaller snug spots. Bluebonnet Barbecue’s new venue is particularly large, in keeping with American barbeque house tradition (those who’ve been to Texas understand). Upon walking into this vast space, a comfort satisfies all; delicate lighting, whitewashed walls, and a softly curved arch marking two sections of the eatery craft an inviting room to reside within for hours on end.

The restaurant’s main flame is still undeniably its fantastic food offerings. I can assure a grand feed, and one to remember beyond completion. The menu is wide, yet stays close to the restaurant's southern American barbecuing tradition, as does everything from the decor to the enormous smoker that required an entire wall to be removed for its installation. If this sacrifice for flavour doesn’t depict the Bluebonnet Barbecue family’s dedication to barbecuing, I’m not sure what will. The menu boasts barbecue meats, American themed sweets and a woodfire grill for flavour diversity. Don’t overlook the accompanying side plates – these are just as important. Here’s what I would order: a selection of smoked black Angus brisket, country style pork ribs and daily housemade snag, accompanied by their apple and kohlrabi slaw with sherry mustard vinaigrette, chargrilled sweetcorn with chipotle aioli and ricotta, and the potato.

As you can read, there’s an abundance of meats, vegetables and fruits with punchy flavours that can’t be forgotten. Collectively they work together with wonder, and you can’t leave this restaurant without feeling completely full and decidedly taken-out. This is the result of well-thought dishes, made carefully and properly. Above all, their brisket has to be awarded an honourable mention. It was soft at touch, smoked just enough to not lose natural flavour, and held pockets of moisture noticed moments after chewing, as if you’d ignited another part to the dish altogether. This was really quite spectacular. Oh, and as for drinks, this perhaps needs another column in of itself. For now I’ll say their A Death In Fitzroy, the namesake of the previous venue which sadly burnt down to the ground, was remarkably beautiful in taste and aesthetic. It works with Campari, absinthe, prosecco, and a sweet flower on top to beautify.