It takes a lot for me to make the trip over the Bridge. But for the past couple of weeks Iâ€™ve been craving barbecue and with Black Bear Barbecue closed on the weekends (edit: I spoke too soon, theyâ€™re doing a popup atÂ Entertainment QuarterÂ on the weekends now!), I managed to convince the boy that we needed to visit Smoky Sue’s in Neutral Bay and check out their offerings. And then another visit when Raff and I took a day off for a food crawl!
The Double Platter ($55) comes with your choice of 3 meats and 1 side with fries, pickles and a sauce. Such value! The portions of the meats were pretty generous, we stuffed ourselves silly and had about Â¼ left to take home (haha barbecue leftovers are so good tho, thank you past Suze). Smoky Sue’s does barbecue in a not so traditional way, sous viding the meats for a bit and then smoking so the meat is always incredibly tender and juicy but still with the delicious smoky flavour.
For our meats I decided against the pulled pork, pulled lamb, fried chicken and pork ribs. Next time fellas! Instead we got the Texas style 100-day grain fed point end beef brisket which is a beauty, I mean, check out that smoke ring! The meat is tender with a ribbon of creamy fat and a good hit of smokiness. But that bark! Itâ€™s a flavour thatâ€™s just out of this world, with that magical combo of caramelised and salty edges that will make you want to curl up and go to barbecue nirvana..
I loved the plump and springy smoked sausage links (from Challenger Smallgoods) thatâ€™s stuffed with cheese and jalapeno though I wouldâ€™ve liked a bit more heat (woah who am I?).
HNNNNG. Can you hear me drooling from behind your screen? The 100-day grain fed beef short ribs is nothing short of mouthwatering meat heaven. It was so ridiculously tender I couldâ€™ve used a spoon to
spoon with it cut it apart! It was fattylicious and insanely juicy with a delicious smokiness throughout. Itâ€™s a pretty giant serve and this pushed us into meat sweats territory. But Iâ€™m not complaining! No siree!
For the choice of sides, I get the Slaw- thinly sliced red and white cabbage and grated carrot with balsamic dressing for some semblance of health. Itâ€™s crisp, refreshing and helps to cut through the richness of all the meats. On my second visit with Raff we get the Mac and Cheese bombs, creamy mac and cheese thatâ€™s been crumbed and deep fried to molten perfection.
Raff couldnâ€™t resist the Ribby McRibFace ($28), a limited time only special that is just so friggen epic with a their incredible beef short rib, slaw and American cheese between Brasserie Breadâ€™s soft milk buns. The short rib bone is easily pulled away leaving one beast of a burger and is definitely one for the meat-lovers out there.
We also scored wings drenched in Franks hot sauce on the house (Thanks Owen!) theyâ€™re new to the menu ($15/12 wings) and Smoky Sue’s will be giving away 2000 free wings on Sunday 29th September with any purchase!
3/6 Rangers Rd,
(02) 9908 3909
Tues – Thurs: 5.30pm – late
Fri – Sun: 12pm – late
(Kitchen closes 9pm)