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Good BBQ ribs in Canberra?

By Jasann - 10 June 2011 22

Can anyone recommend a Canberra restaurant that does good BBQ ribs? 

My partner wants ribs for his birthday dinner. It would help if the place is child friendly, as we’ll be taking our two year old.

Thanks.

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Good BBQ ribs in Canberra?
puggy 2:55 pm 10 Jun 11

PickedANickname said :

+1 million to Francisco’s ribs. I am an ex-American and I love ribs. Dave’s taste like American ribs. The BBQ sauce is the best.

You’d hope so, seeing as he too is ex-American (as well as ex-Cannons basketballer!). I haven’t seen him in years.

kezzafezza 2:53 pm 10 Jun 11

neanderthalsis said :

Hogs Breath. The ribs are one of the few palatable things on the menu and it can accommodate screaming hordes of children.

Or you could make your own for a lot less and not have to worry about being covered in ribs/sauce in public.

Not Hog’s Breath. 3 times I have eaten there. All 3 times the service was woeful. Twice I got food poisoning. It should be noted however, that I have not been to any of the Canberra Hog’s Breath’s. I have been to Ballarat, Liverpool and one in Melbourne. I imagine they are all the same but. Nasty.
Try for ribs elsewhere.

PickedANickname 2:41 pm 10 Jun 11

+1 million to Francisco’s ribs. I am an ex-American and I love ribs. Dave’s taste like American ribs. The BBQ sauce is the best.

Scratch2k 2:36 pm 10 Jun 11

I forgot to add, I made a similar request for my birthday dinner but we’re making our own, see link below. We have made these Master Chef ones in the past and they are amazing, best served with some sort of mexican beer.

http://www.masterchef.com.au/braised-pork-spare-ribs.htm

Scratch2k 2:34 pm 10 Jun 11

Francisco’s Mexican Cantina do indeed still do ribs, I had some a couple of weeks ago and they’re right up there with Hard Rock Cafe ribs, delicious! They do pretty good nachos too, another dish rarely done well in Canberra. (I miss you Montes!)

Keijidosha 1:15 pm 10 Jun 11

Angelina said :

I should probably mention Arnold’s Ribs is a takeaway joint in Tuggeranong, not sure if you’ve heard of it or if there is a northside one. I don’t think there is.

There used to be one at Kippax but it is long gone. Their ribs are certainly nothing special regardless.

rosscoact 1:12 pm 10 Jun 11

MsCheeky said :

My place, but sorry, it’s not a restaurant.

Ah no, my place 🙂

You won’t find proper slow cooked over smoke in Canberra, in fact you’d be lucky to find it in Australia. Ithink there’s possibly a handfull of places in teh country. I can recommend the Urban Griller catering in WA but it’s a long way to go.

Hogs breath boil their ribs so not properly cooked.

puggy 12:48 pm 10 Jun 11

Roguelette said :

… and not just any ribs they had “Dave Nelsons BBQ Spare Ribs”

Ah, the jingle… “Dave Nelson’s BBQ spare ribs, a dial a meal away, phone 2961024 for the taste that’s really great!”, or something pretty close.

Really want to try the Cantina… want some proper soft shell tacos…

Roguelette 12:03 pm 10 Jun 11

Francisco’s Mexican Cantina in Manuka used to do ribs… and not just any ribs they had “Dave Nelsons BBQ Spare Ribs”. Haven’t been there in about a year, but the website indicates they still sell them. Child friendly too.

Watson 11:37 am 10 Jun 11

golden_youth said :

I’ve been on the quest for Canberra’s best ribs for a while now!

My suggestion – drive to Wollongong and go to the Towradgi Beach Hotel…best ribs I have EVER had.

As for Canberra, I would suggest Eldorados in Dickson. I would stay clear of Arnolds in Tuggeranong…twice I had them I thought they come up very short! But still…bad ribs is better than no ribs!

I have never tried the ribs at El Dorado’s, but the meals I’ve had there were like seriously overpriced club feeds. Paying $30 for a steak that is rarely cooked right and having to place your own order, get your own salad and your drinks at the counter/bar is not my idea of a special dinner.

MsCheeky 11:28 am 10 Jun 11

My place, but sorry, it’s not a restaurant.

Angelina 11:26 am 10 Jun 11

I should probably mention Arnold’s Ribs is a takeaway joint in Tuggeranong, not sure if you’ve heard of it or if there is a northside one. I don’t think there is.

golden_youth 11:24 am 10 Jun 11

I’ve been on the quest for Canberra’s best ribs for a while now!

My suggestion – drive to Wollongong and go to the Towradgi Beach Hotel…best ribs I have EVER had.

As for Canberra, I would suggest Eldorados in Dickson. I would stay clear of Arnolds in Tuggeranong…twice I had them I thought they come up very short! But still…bad ribs is better than no ribs!

Angelina 11:17 am 10 Jun 11

I don’t know of any actual ribs restaurants in Canberra, I’m sure there’s probably one somewhere.

People will probably make fun of me, but I do have an idea.

I really like Arnolds Ribs and last year my husband arranged this western-themed birthday party for me at our house. He got it catered with heaps of Arnolds ribs (and other meat related deliciousness) and we had hay bales set up, and a few of those outdoor gas bottle heaters and lots of daggy western decorations and music, tubs of beers and wine, etc. It was such an awesome night. It was at our house so kid-friendly for our toddler and our friends kids too. Lots of fun and with paper plates, very easy to clean up.

Just an idea…

neanderthalsis 11:12 am 10 Jun 11

Hogs Breath. The ribs are one of the few palatable things on the menu and it can accommodate screaming hordes of children.

Or you could make your own for a lot less and not have to worry about being covered in ribs/sauce in public.

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