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Published September 21st 2012
Your friendly neighbourhood BBQ truck
Smokin' Barrys is one of the names I frequently see while searching for the best barbequed ribs right here in Melbourne. Today, I finally set off to Barkly Square, where they're usually located, to sample some of their signature items.
My friend and I were greeted with the loud hum of their generator as we made our way into the open air lot, where the truck was parked in. A queue had already formed, and as we took our place in line, we had some time to study the small but concise menu they had. Aside from their ribs, they also serve up nachos, and tender beef brisket and pulled pork on a roll, served with a side of what they call Apple Slaw, which was essentially coleslaw with thinly sliced strips of apples.
They also have a special combination menu featuring a playful spin on the owner's name "Barry", featuring items named after famous celebrities like Barry White, Barry Manilow, and even Drew Barrymore. Each "celebrity" offers up different toppings on the roll, and my friend and I eventually both opted for the Barry Manilow which had cheese and guacomole. We also shared an order of ribs. After all, that was the whole point of the trip.
I opted for the pulled pork, while he had the beef. Once we got our orders, we noticed that there wasn't any proper space to have our meal, with only two makeshift tables set up. Thankfully, one table was already done and we eagerly took over and proceeded to dig in.
The roll had a hard outer crust, but was soft on the inside. The pulled pork was nice and tender, and the homemade barbeque sauce complemented it very well. Those who aren't a fan of sauces may find that it can be a little overwhelming though. The cheese and guacomole also tasted nice and sharp, and added to the already flavourful pork. The Apple Slaw also contrasted with the savoury meat and sauce surprisingly well.
Did the ribs live up to its name? Unfortunately, not quite. As the both of us chowed down, we realised that the meat wasn't exactly fall-off-the-bone tender. It did carry a decent amount of meat per rib, and again their barbeque sauce paired very nicely with the meat. However, it was rather disappointing as we expected something a little better from the place that boasts "you don't need teeth to eat our meat!"
Smokin' Barrys promised tender, slow cooked barbeque, but didn't exactly deliver with regard to the ribs. They were fairly tough to eat, but the rolls were surprisingly tasty and can be customised with a decent amount of toppings. The pulled pork was nice and juicy and made the trip worthwhile. You can pay them a visit by keeping track of their whereabouts and schedule on Facebook. As for me, my search for the perfect ribs continues.