Putting aside the friendly rivalry between the U.K. and America for a moment, you’ve got to admit that they do one thing spectacularly well across the pond: barbecue. With massive mesquite-fueled smokers giving pork, beef, and chicken a unique flavor that’s at once smokey and sweet, good old U.S.-style BBQ is one of nation’s culinary gifts to the world. Fortunately for Londoners, you can now enjoy an authentic version right in Hoxton Square at Red Dog Saloon, a perfect setting to begin your next guys night out (though the girls will want to come too). Right when you walk in, you’re transported to a classic stateside roadhouse scene. Longhorn skulls, black and white photos of western vistas, and wood paneling setting the mood for a Texas-sized feast.
Meat is most definitely on the menu here. It’s smoked in an American-made smoker for hours, so you can be confident that your pulled pork, beef brisket, and chicken will be so tender, juicy, and flavorful that you just might forget about the bottle of barbecue sauce on the table. But to really get the Midwestern experience, order a rack of St. Louis-style ribs, cooked to such perfection that the meat all but falls of the bone. Traditional sides like coleslaw, baked beans, and collard greens round out the meal, complementing the barbecue with their own medley of flavors.
For those looking for a some serious fire, the hot wings loaded with naga viper chilis might just cause you to tap out and beg for a glass of water, while the devastator burger is for those with the biggest appetites. It comes with two and a half pounds of burger, a side of fries, and a milkshake. Consume it within the 10 minute time limit and you get a free tee-shirt. But tonight’s probably best for taking your time and savoring every bite as you all relax and get comfortable in this laid-back joint. When the food’s all gone, raise a glass of bourbon to longstanding friendships, both between nations and the people at your table.