London's best ribs

With a barbecue revolution underway in the capital, we've tracked down the juiciest joints serving up ribs

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Ever since Adam plucked a rib from his chest (admittedly, to ‘make Eve’ rather than fix dinner), we’ve had a thing for ribs. Here are five places serving up the best pork and beef in London. Do you agree with the choices? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

Barbecoa

Here’s what to do at this highfalutin smoke and steakhouse: go directly to the baby back ribs (do not pass go, do not collect £200). The best dish in the joint, it’s also a starter, but no matter: you can always fake a medical emergency and leave straight after. You get roughly half a rack, with plenty of meat on dem bones. The pork is chewy, pit-smoked and slathered in a sweet, sticky marinade, with chilli and coriander adding fire and zing. Ribs from £10.

 

  1. 20 New Change Passage, EC4M 9AG. 020 3005 8555. St Paul’s station
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Beard to Tail

In my book, there ain’t much that the addition of hard liquor won’t improve, and ribs are no exception. The barbecue marinade for the rack of pork ribs here come made with a good slug of bourbon (the kind pa would be a-swillin’ before going out gamblin’), adding a manly note to the sweet, sticky sauce. The meat is tender and toothsome: perfect with the side of charred corn on the cob (included) and a shot of JD (extra). Ribs from £17.50.

  1. 77 Curtain Rd, EC2A 3BS. 020 7729 2966. Shoreditch High St station.
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Duke's Brew & Que

A barbecue joint in a former pub, Duke's dishes up ribs that are truly divine. Go for either the beef or pork: both come smoked to within an inch of their lives, with a sweet, charry stickiness that you’ll want to lick off your fingers. The tender flavourful meat falls off the bones... You should be getting the picture by now: we're fans. Ribs from £10.25.

  1. 33 Downham Road, N1 5AA. 020 3006 0795. Haggerston Overground.
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Hawksmoor Seven Dials

If you’re not at imminent risk of having a heart attack, these might be the ribs for you. So rich and so decadent that they’re probably on your GP’s no-no list along with Krispy Kremes and stuffed-crust pizzas, this enormous ‘bar snack’ (ha!) comes crafted from pork belly. This means the fatty-edged meat is exceptionally juicy, with very little bone. A fruity, peppery marinade gives it intensity, while pickled red cabbage is the perfect accompaniment. Ribs from £10.

  1. 11 Langley Street, WC2H 9JJ. 020 7856 2154. Covent Garden station.
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Pitt Cue Co

They should rename this joint Pitt ‘Queue’ Co, Because the waiting times at the Soho hotspot have become almost as legendary as the barbe-‘cue’ itself. It’s partly down to space (or lack thereof). But mostly, it’s because, heck, the ribs are so good. Chunky, blackened hunks of beef leap off the bone on contact, the dry-rub marinade is deep and intense, the flesh smoky and moist. The St Louis ribs (pork spare ribs to you and me) are pretty darn decent, too. Ribs from £11.

  1. 1 Newburgh Street, W1F 7RB. Oxford Circus station.
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4 comments
Becky
Becky

Yauatcha's Jasmine tea smoked ribs is one of the best ribs in town. The meat is very juicy, and it is so tender that it just falls off the bone. The faint hint of Jasmine and smokiness makes this dishes extra delicious!

JS
JS

Just went to Barboca. Don't bother going Ribs 3.5/5 Wings 1/5 Pulled Pork - 3.5/5 Ceviche 0/5 Bean Salad - 3/5 And actually reading comments going to cattle grid next

Telmo
Telmo

The best ribs in London in Diyarbakir restaurant in Green Lanes. 'Lamb ribs' turkish restaurant

shaun
shaun

I own and run a chain of rib joints called the "Cattle Grid" and I feel as someone who beat Barbacoa at Rib stock to secure a podium finish and also getting a glowing review from Fay Maschler for my ribs it would have been nice to have someone from Time Out take a look at our product before producing this list.