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Published February 22nd 2020
The Best American Barbecue in Perth?
The deckle on the steaming slice of beef brisket is marbled, rich and juicy while the flat has a more toothsome texture. Thankfully the heaving platter before me has a slab of both. Under a well peppered, savoury bark seasoned with charred spices and kissed with fragrant smoke, a layer of fat is rendered, succulent and glistening. There is a pink smoke ring; the hallmark of good slow-cooked barbecue and the brisket beneath is so fall-apart delicious that the recruitment of one's molars is optional.

Side Door Barbecue BBQ Perth American Barbecue Brisket Meat Sausage Mac and Cheese Hush Puppies Dinner
Side Door Barbecue


It's late on a Thursday night, and Side Door Barbecue is busy. Enter the industrial-themed restaurant to the rear of 497-499 Beaufort Street, Highgate, and one is immediately greeted with brick walls, concrete, copper and shiny steel/aluminium textures. Ushered to a waiting table, a metal bowl, paint-chipped at the edges, is piled with a mound of caramel popcorn to nibble on while reading an A3 printed menu. To the side of the table, mounted on an iron rack, are homemade hot sauces, mustard, tomato sauce and a roll of paper towel, frayed edges fluttering slightly in the breeze. It's that kind of meal.

Side Door Barbecue BBQ Perth American Barbecue Brisket Meat Sausage Mac and Cheese Hush Puppies Dinner
Caramel Popcorn


Side Door Barbecue BBQ Perth American Barbecue Brisket Meat Sausage Mac and Cheese Hush Puppies Dinner
The Table


The pulled pork and chicken wings are juicy, tender and paired well with the hot sauces provided. A meaty chilli and cheese sausage has a pleasant snap and the welcome kick of spice. The sides are filling - cheesy, crunchy hush puppies, macaroni and cheese and cornbread adding a decadent starchy counterpoint to the strong smoky flavour of barbecue. Pickled red onion and lightly dressed, crunchy coleslaw provide a nice fresh contrast to the moreish, umami, layered flavours of the smoker barbecue and oven.



Side Door Barbecue BBQ Perth American Barbecue Brisket Meat Sausage Mac and Cheese Hush Puppies Dinner
Brisket with a Smoke Ring


Side Door Barbecue BBQ Perth American Barbecue Brisket Meat Sausage Mac and Cheese Hush Puppies Dinner
Coleslaw


A variety of desserts are also on offer, ranging from Key Lime Pie to S'mores. Prices vary depending on the serve, but the three shared platters on offer are listed at the time of writing at $45, $79 and $165.

Side Door Barbecue BBQ Perth American Barbecue Brisket Meat Sausage Mac and Cheese Hush Puppies Dinner
Goose Island IPA, a favourite from Chicago, Illinois


Side Door Barbecue BBQ Perth American Barbecue Brisket Meat Sausage Mac and Cheese Hush Puppies Dinner
Cocktails in Mason Jar Glasses


If you're looking for a reasonably priced meal with an extensive menu of slow-smoked barbecue and classic sides, Side Door Barbecue may just satisfy that carnivorous craving.

Side Door Barbecue BBQ Perth American Barbecue Brisket Meat Sausage Mac and Cheese Hush Puppies Dinner
Industrial Design


Side Door Barbecue BBQ Perth American Barbecue Brisket Meat Sausage Mac and Cheese Hush Puppies Dinner
The Side Door Entrance to Side Door Barbecue



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Why? For that American BBQ craving
When: Mon - Wed 5.30pm - 9.30pm, Thurs 11am - 9.30pm, Fri 11am - 10pm, Sat 8am - 10pm, Sun 8am - 9.30pm
Phone: (08) 6162 3610
Where: 497-499 Beaufort Street (Rear), Perth, Highgate WA 6003
Cost: ~$25 a plate for one
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