New to Canberra, I love exploring this city and the secrets that it holds with my family.
Published October 3rd 2016
A local's secret you won't be able to resist
* **UPDATE: Spit Shack at Pialligo has now moved further up Beltana Road to number 22, in the property of Able's Landscaping. This handy location, just a few doors up from Rodney's Plant Plus has plenty of parking, comfortable areas to eat and more room to spread out. See photo below. Ensure you pay them a visit!**:
Whilst driving in and out from the Pialligo plant nurseries, I have noticed a pig turning on a spit - not the usual sight on the side of a city road close to a major intersection and busy airport. When I pulled over to check it out on a chilly winter's day, the smell of wood fire and roast pork filled the air and our tummies started to rumble. This was looking promising.
NEW LOCATION - Spit Shacks new location, with more space and parking
This is "Spit Shack", a caravan set up with only four items on their menu - hot lamb or pork rolls, bacon and egg rolls, cevapcici rolls (gourmet skinless sausages, a Croatian speciality) and gourmet coffee. With such a simple menu, the choice is easy. A six inch hot pork or lamb roll (with meat from the spit) is $7.90 and a foot-long is $12.90 with a choice of sauces or gravy. There is also a 2 foot option for $25, a huge undertaking! The bacon and egg rolls are $8.90 with 3 fried eggs and plenty of bacon and $12.90 for the cevapcici rolls with spanish onion and relish. I didn't try the coffee, but the menu states it is gourmet coffee beans sourced from Sydney.
This simple idea seems to work, as while I was there the smell had attracted people (mostly men) from all across Canberra as the utes, business cars and courier vans started to roll in. With simple seating and huge rolls, this "Spit Shack" has been open for over a year in Pialligo and due it's success, a caravan has also been set up in Braddon's funky Lonsdale street. Customers also enjoy that it is an Australian family company, using local meat and produce.
So if you are after something a bit different, then pull into this secret spot just off the highway near the airport, and check out what the men of Canberra already seem to all know about - just look for the unusual sight of a pig turning on a spit in a plant nursery!
A foot-long hot lamb roll with gravy ($12.90) - perfect for a chilly Canberra day.