MEEEEEEEAT! Sorry for the late post this week guys but I took a quick trip to Melbourne on the weekend and ate way too much as usual 😛 We started with a trip to Bluebonnet Barbecue to get my iron levels up and well, it’s just been too long between briskets 😛 Bluebonnet Barbecue were previously located in Collingword but after a fire they did a pop up at Carlton and are now based in North Fitzroy at the North Fitzroy Star.
The two dining rooms face out into the courtyard area where the smoker takes centre stage. Whenever anyone goes outside and tends to the fire, all eyes are immediately drawn when the lid is opened and out wafts that tantalising smoky scent <3
Pile o chooks fresh from the smoker!
Ahhh this brings back memories of Texas! On each table there’s bottles of housemade barbecue sauce, hot sauce and the classic roll of paper towel because barbecue is meat to be eaten wit yo hands!
The Rangers Valley Black Onyx Brisket (100g/$13) is a must order. I mean, JUST LOOK AT IT! Isn’t it beautiful?! Look at those fatty striations, that tender, juicy meat! The brisket didn’t have much of a bark on the slices we had but it was still pretty damn tasty. The St Louis Pork Ribs ($12/100g) were fall off the bone tender but it was the Crispy Lamb Ribs ($11/100g) that hold the keys to my slowly beating heart with an amazing smokiness and the perfect creamy fat to juicy meat ratio.
I was curious to see Porter Braised Beef Cheek ($11/100g) on the menu and while it doesn’t look too impressive on the platter (teehee it literally looks like a meatball), the beef cheek is freakishly tender and falls apart as I attempt to divvy it up. The Oak Smoked Chicken ($10/quarter) is a winner too- the skin is crisp, almost like chicken crackling, protecting tender, beautifully smoky meat. We also ordered the daily House Made Sausage ($12/link) and I’m really sorry but I have absolutely terrible memory and all I remember is that it was pork and it was super meaty and juicy.
We also ordered some sides- the Cheesymite Cornbread Waffles ($7) surprisingly worked for me, I do love me some cornbread and the best thing was the drizzle of melted butter on top! There wasn’t a heavy Vegemite flavour which I was worried about, but I guess with Cheesymite it’s more mellow? Whatever, there was a nice salty balance and I loved the crisp waffled edges whilst still retaining fluffy innards. I would’ve loved a pot of more melted butter but now I’m just being fat.
The Apple, Kohlrabi & Coriander Slaw ($7) was perfect to cut through the richness and prevent us from getting the meat sweats. It was light and refreshing and made me feel somewhat healthy. I always try and give grits a chance so ordered the Jalapeno Cheese Grits ($8) but to be honest after one or two forkfuls I’m still meh about it, I’m just really not a fan of polenta unless it’s been deep fried 😛
One last shot of the platter of awesome! I think the only thing that was missing was slices of white bread and a pile o pickles (there’s deep fried Mc Clures’ pickles available as a side tho!) but mmm that meat was on point!
Aaaand then I couldn’t resist dessert, especially with the recommendation of the Smoked Banana and Salted Caramel Donuts ($10)! After eating so many donuts this past month (damn you Shortstop!), I had high expectations from Bluebonnet and luckily they did not disappoint. There was a bit of a wait for them to arrive but I didn’t mind because they were freshly fried to order, rolled in cinnamon sugar and man, each donut was just so incredibly light! And the filling! Smoked banana is something I would not have thought would work but oh boy I just could not get enough of that filling, please make a pie out of it guys!!!
I’m planning a return trip to Melbs asap just so I can eat more delicious meats from Bluebonnet haha stay tuned for more Melbs eats 🙂
North Fitzroy Star
32 St Georges Rd South,
Mon – Fri: 5pm – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm