The sun is out, the days are longer, and the mercury is going nowhere but up. Summer is here, which means beaches, bikinis and yes, barbecues! Be it on a city rooftop or beachside pit, it’s time to whip out those forks, coals and skewers. Little Steps has you covered – from which BBQ pits offer the best views to kid-friendly restos, the snazziest tools, and of course…the best cuts of meat in town. It’s on!
When you're hankering for some chargrilled goodness, but would rather sit back and relax, hand it over to the pros and make a beeline for Blue Smoke Bar-B-Que, where it's all about the ribs and 'Southern hospitality’, or if you're closer to Sai Kung, head to Texan smokehouse-inspired Anthony's Ranch. Yee-haw!
Blue Smoke Bar-B-Que
3/F, Grand Progress Building, 15-16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2816 9018, Website
28 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2791 6113, www.anthonys-ranch.com
Asian grills, you say? The 'siu mei', Cantonese-style roast meats, at West Villa are delish - try the 'char siu' (honey glazed pork), or pre-order the 'siu laam tsai' (crispy skinned pork belly) at Lei Garden. For Korean sizzles, don't miss Kaya in Causeway Bay, or Go Koong in Tsim Sha Tsui, and if that wait for a table at the fab Yardbird is looking a bit long, book ahead for Japanese yakitori at Nan Tei.
West Villa - Cantonese 'Siu Mei'
1/F, Lee Garden Phase 2, 28 Yan Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2882 2110, and branches, www.westvillahk.com
Lei Garden - Cantonese
3/F, Two IFC Mall, 1 Harbour View Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2295 0238, and branches, www.leigarden.hk
Kaya - Korean
6/F, 8 Russell Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2838 9550
Go Koong - Korean
2/F InterContinental Plaza, 94 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2311 0901
Yardbird - Japanese Yakitori
33-35 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 2547 9273, www.yardbirdrestaurant.com
Nan Tei - Japanese Yakitori
55 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, + 852 2559 6221
Hong Kong’s many beaches offer barbecue pits, benches and tables absolutely FOC. The kiddies can run wild on the sands while you kick back with a longneck and fill up on ribs. For the active, a number of them mark the end of fab hikes too, such as Long Ke in Sai Kung, and Big Wave Bay on southside. Otherwise, check out Tai Mei Tuk and Repulse Bay,as well as Shek O Beach, which is also a great option for kids’ BBQ birthday parties.
Show off your mad grilling skills with the right equipment and tools. If you're just after the grill itself, check out online stalwart Renaud, who’ve been providing Hong Kong with a great range (from Weber to deluxe mega grills) for almost 10 years. Jervis Bay is heaven for barbecue connoisseurs looking for top-of-the-line accoutrements to perfect their craft.
Weber and deluxe BBQs from Renaud
+852 2115 8201, www.renaud.hk
Jervis Bay Barbecue World
12/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, +852 2792 7268, www.jervisbaybarbecues.com
Get a crash course by reading Barbecues and Grilling by Antony Thompson and take notes from foodie website Serious Eats for ultimate mastery on grilling a steak and how to grill and smoke on a kettle grill. For family-friendly recipes, check out this collection of 25 barbecue recipes, and finish off with S’mores created by Stephen Dufree from The French Laundry.
BBQ Safety: Last but not least, don’t forget to play safe – here are some handy tips for barbecue safety.
BBQ Grillin' Tunes: Every grilling machine needs a grooving playlist. Download the Little Steps Summer Jams For Fams!