The sun is well and truly cracking the flags here in Liverpool. So, like most good Brits, it’s time to whip out the BBQ food ASAP. If you fancy some perfectly cooked meats under the sun, you just have to check out the 17 best restaurants to grab some BBQ in Liverpool, in no particular order…
1. Red’s True Barbecue
Where to find it: Unit 3, 51 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DN
With a tag line “Let there be meat”, it’s pretty easy to see why Red’s True Barbecue has become so popular across the city. Located on Hanover Street, the restaurant serves up some BBQ goodness from 12pm every day, offering everything from St Louis Ribs, buffalo wings, sticky chicken, pulled pork, buttermilk slaw and mouth-watering burgers. Did we mention they also offer takeout? So you can even pick up a barbecue box and enjoy it in the comfort of your own garden.
2. Slim’s Pork Chop Express
Where to find it: 85 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BB
Has your stomach began to rumble yet? Well, it’s about to. That’s because Slim’s Pork Chop Express is serving up some finger-licking BBQ every single day of the week. Come rain or shine, you can enjoy a variety of smoked meats to share if you dare, or you can go it alone with dishes such as beer can chicken, The Porkchop Express Burger or Baltimore BBQ prawns. Team all this up with some BBQ brisket beans or some house slaw and you’re in for one amazing meal. You can thank us later.
3. Buffalo Jacks
Where to find it: Unit 4, Queen Square, Liverpool, L1 1RH
America comes to the UK in the form of Buffalo Jacks. Whether you are looking for a succulent steak, some hearty ribs, creamy potato skins or sticky buffalo wings, this is one BBQ joint you will want to try. You can also complement their chilli corn dogs or BBQ pulled pork with one of their popular milkshakes, which include Oreo, Reese’s and Snickers flavours. Is there a better way to spend your summer?
4. Salt Dog Slims
Where to find it: 79 – 83 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BB
If you thought Santa Chupitos and Slim’s Pork Chop Express are good, we recommend you head to their sister restaurant Salt Dog Slims – which specialises in steins and brines. For those who love a bit of spice with their barbecue, you just have to try the Atomic Bomb Dog – but make sure you have a craft beer or cocktail at the ready, just in case.
5. Nolita Cantina
Where to find it: 81a Bold Street, Liverpool, L14HF
If the idea of Havana Rum ribs or Dr. Pepper BBQ chicken wings tickle your barbecued pickle, it is essential you grab a table at Nolita Cantina. We’re not one to seem a little bossy, but you have to go along to the Bold Street restaurant to try beer belly pork or delicious burgers. Each dish will be lovingly created by two passionate chefs who aim to deliver traditional, homemade American-style food.
6. Rack & Dollar
Where to find it: 27-35 Berry Street, Liverpool, L1 9DF
Love BBQ and sport? It would be a crying shame not to visit Rack & Dollar, then. Not only do they have a whole lotta sport, with big screen TVs, pool tables and sports events, but you can enjoy all sorts of ribs, dawgs, wings and steaks, as well as a choice of 70 whiskeys. You can also take your pick from American beers and liquors – and some pretty epic milkshakes.
7. Wall of Fame
Where to find it: Victoria Street, Liverpool, L2 6RG
If one nation knows how to do BBQ well it is America – and Wall of Fame is most definitely flying the Star Spangled Banner high on Victoria Street. Wrap your taste buds around a full or half rack of Memphis rib, which has been slow cooked in a Memphis dry rub. Yum! You can also opt for the blackened salmon, take your pick from a selection of Yo Mama Wings, or simply fall in love with Corn in the USA. Now that’s some good barbecue!
8. Rookwood Bar & ‘Cue
Where to find it: 14 Back Colquitt St, Liverpool, L1 4DE
Rookwood Bar & ‘Cue grill all their meats to provide an undeniable smoky flavour, which will just take over the tongue. Rookwood pride themselves on providing barbecue dishes created solely from high quality, locally sourced produce and exceptional cooking. We’re talking about sticky pork sausages, 6oz burger patties and maple glazed pork belly. It’s good. In fact, it’s so good The Daily Telegraph recently named Rookwood Bar & ‘Cue as one of the Top Ten BBQ Restaurants in Britain.
9. Free State Kitchen
source: @FSK_Liverpool Twitter
Where to find it: No.1 Maryland Street, Liverpool, l1 9DE
For sunshine and BBQ, make your way along to Free State Kitchen for some good food and maybe even a great tan. You can choose to sit inside the restaurant or outside in the beautiful garden, as you enjoy buffalo hot wings, sweetcorn fritters, The Free State Dog or an American cheeseburger. For those looking for something sweet with their sun, you will be spoilt for choice with their range of homemade desserts – and even more torn between their range of cocktails, beers and ciders.
10. Turtle Bay
Where to find it: 59-91 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DY & Produce Exchange, 6A Victoria Street, Liverpool, L2 6QE
Turtle Bay has been inspired by beach shacks and street hawkers dotted across the Caribbean Islands, offering authentic dishes that are unlike anything else in Liverpool. The jerk chicken wings and ribs have been marinated for an incredible 24 hours before grilled, and both are served with a sour orange chutney.
For an authentic Caribbean BBQ, take a stop at the Jerk Pit BBQ on the menu, as it offers everything from jerk chicken, salmon or ribs. With meats as spicy as the Caribbean, and each dish flame grilled over a pit grill, you will adore the flavours and aromas that only Turtle Bay can offer.
11. Copacabana Bar and Grill
Where to find it: Queens Square, 1 St John’s Lane, Liverpool, L11 RH
We’ve fallen a little bit in love with Brazilian BBQ here at Signature’s Liverpool, but how could we not when we have Copacabana Bar and Grill? No barbecue is complete without plenty of meat, right? So, visit this authentic Brazilian steakhouse, which offers prime cuts of chicken, beef, pork and lamb, which are cooked on an open fire before being carved at your table.
12. The Club House
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Where to find it: Chavasse Park, Liverpool One, L2 9SQ
One of the best Liverpool restaurants to visit during the summer months has to be The Club House – and they are serving up some delicious BBQ dishes to match the sunny weather. Just some BBQ dishes on offer include a basket of BBQ or Piri Piri chicken wings, the pulled chicken sandwich, rotisserie chicken, and succulent meats served straight off the barbecue, including hanging kebabs, beef burgers, steaks and chargrilled chicken. Take in the sun at an outdoor table or balcony, with the beautiful aromas from the outdoor grill tingling your taste buds.
Where to find it: 74 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HR
What Koop lacks in age it most definitely makes up for in flavour. It might be one of the newest restaurants in town, but it isn’t shy on fantastic barbecue dishes. Their wing shack offers you a choice of 5, 10 or 20 wings in your preferred flavour, and you won’t know where to look when it comes to their burgers and wraps, which offer everything from pulled chicken and a Philly cheese steak burger. You can even order the freshly marinated rotisserie chicken, which will be served straight from the spit roast onto your plate.
14. Kazimier Garden
Where to find it: The Kazimier, 4-5 Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool, L1 4JJ
There’s nothing quite like a beer garden on a summer’s day, is there? That’s why you just have to love Kazimier Garden, which offers a beautiful outdoor space and a fantastic garden BBQ every day. Think sun, meat and plenty of chips – not to mention plenty of cocktails, cask ales, wines, spirits and craft beers. All dishes are created from high quality ingredients that have been freshly prepared onsite, offering a scrumptious, authentic BBQ taste.
15. Button Street Smokehouse
Where to find it: Baker House, Button Street, Cavern Quarter, Liverpool, L2 6PS
Make sure you visit Button Street Smokehouse with a big appetite, because you will need it for the big portion sizes. However, you won’t be complaining about the sheer sizes of the dishes after you’ve tried them. In fact, you might even ask for more.
Taking inspiration from America’s Deep South, you will be torn between smoked low and slow ribs, succulent burgers and the smokehouse sharing platters. Offering everything from pulled pork, soft shell crab, popcorn shrimp and smoked sausage, you’ll feel as if you’re sitting in the heart of Alabama.
16. Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill
Where to find it: Horton House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool, L2 3YL
For sophisticated BBQ that packs a punch, book a table at Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill. With a full Rodizio, their selection of slowly grilled meats will be carved directly at your table. The gaucho chefs will grill each large cuts of meat over open flamed pits, creating smoky and tender meats that offer an authentic Brazilian flavour. It’s not hard to see why the roasting method has been performed for centuries, so this is one dining experience to add to your bucket list.
source: Constellations Facebook
Where to find it: 37-39 Greenland Street, Liverpool, L1 0BS
If you’ve spent most of your day hemmed in the office, it’s time to enjoy some sunshine at Constellations, where you can try their tasty garden BBQ menu. With the sun beaming down onto the stunning outdoor venue, and plenty of drinks to choose from, you will feel a million miles away from the workplace as you take a bite of a chicken or Aberdeen Angus steak burger, or opt for a fresh and tasty lemon and thyme chicken flatbread. They also offer plenty of vegetarian options, too!
So, now you know where to eat in Liverpool, it’s time to learn where you can find the best beer gardens in the city.