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Christchurch’s 5 Best Global BBQ Experiences

The 5 Best

Global BBQ Experiences In Christchurch

If smoked meat over coals makes you drool, the time has come to find your next great feast. Thankfully, Ōtautahi Christchurch has you covered from North to South, East to West.

Discover the barbecued meat styles of Argentina, Korea or Mongolia... all in your own backyard.

A mouth-watering slow-cooked brisket, a do-it-yourself restaurant grill or good ol’ fashioned smokey ribs, what’s your favourite? #ExploreCHC

Brazooka Brazilian

Brazil: Brazooka

Stepping off Papanui Road, diners at Brazooka spend an evening in Brazil. Senses come to life in this unique and vibrant rodízio restaurant.

Meat on skewers spin and grill over a charcoal rotisserie. And the best part? It’s all-you-can-eat! The alcatra (rump steak), cordeiro (marinated lamb) or medalhão de porco (pork wrapped in bacon) are best enjoyed with polenta chips, feijão tropeiro and a Caipirinha cocktail – Brazooka’s signature drink.

Good for:

  • Vegetarians
  • Groups
  • All-you-can-eat buffet


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Smoke N Barrel American

American-fusion: Smoke ‘n’ Barrel

Matching beers with beef, the Smoke ‘n’ Barrel team has smoked meat down to an art. With their barrel smoker in tow, the meat connoisseurs are feeding the punters at Brew Academy, market-goers at the Riccarton Sunday Market and they offer catering with their meat-ilicious menu.

A hard pick between the slow-cooked beef brisket reuben and the BBQ pulled pork burgers, there’s even a vegan smoked tofu burger on offer. Scrumptiously indulgent sides include chorizo cream cheese jalapeño poppers and baked-then-fried potatoes, matched perfectly with a pint of McLeod’s German Longboarder Pilsner.

Good for:

  • Live music
  • Catering
  • Craft beer
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El Quincho Argentine

Argentina: El Quincho

Indulge the soul with authentic Argentinian parrillada barbecue. The wood-fire barbecue is El Quincho’s secret weapon, giving the food its special smokey flavour.

Delicious burgers with juicy, tender meat. Empanadas of slow-cooked beef with onion and spice. Barbecued steaks cooked over wood-fire grill.

You can even grab yourself some ready-to-cook empanadas or chorizos to enjoy at home. Head to Riverside Market to celebrate all things Argentina.

Good for:

  • Date night
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Central city


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Gengy's Mongolian

Mongolian: Gengy’s

Mongolian barbecue buffet... do we need to say more?

Feast like a victorious Mongolian after battle on an array of marinated meats cooked in front of your eyes on Gengy’s barbecue hotplate.

Lamb-filled dumplings, hearty soups and seafood and veggie options provide a tried-and-true introduction to Mongolian cuisine.

Good for:

  • Groups
  • Parties
  • All-you-can-eat
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Ye Chon

Korea: Ye Chon Korean Barbecue

Grillmasters unite! Flavours of soy, sweet and spice excite the taste buds at Ye Chon Korean Barbecue and Restaurant on Riccarton Road. With tongs in one hand and a frosty Asahi in the other, only the brave take on the hot tabletop grills at Ye Chon, the younger sibling restaurant of Ye Chon in Church Corner.

Seemingly endless courses of beef rib, marinated chicken or pork belly offer a wonderful shared dining experience. Small plates of kimchi, rice and tofu soups awaken the senses. And with Korean favourites bulgogi (grilled beef), bibimbap (assorted meat, rice, veggies) and galbitang (beef short rib soup), you’re bound to find something to suit your taste.

Good for:

  • Groups
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Date night
  • Mains
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