There are all sorts of American cuisine around Hong Kong, from diners to burger joints, you’d think we already have it all. But the founders of Smoke & Barrel beg to differ as they introduce the first authentic American BBQ smokehouse in Hong Kong.
Prior to this restaurant, Chris Grare and Arron Rhodes have already amassed great success in their previous co-venture, Kinship, a family-friendly, bar-style restaurant in Central that opened in May 2019. Following this venture, Smoke & Barrel will uphold its cosy, friendly, and down-to-earth style in Central – but with a smoky twist. Grare will be leading the new restaurant, alongside Christopher Tuthill, an Albuquerque, New Mexico native who spent nine years working in Texas – the state hailed as the ‘birthplace of barbecue’ – and was the former head chef of Forty Niner at The American Club Hong Kong.
Smoke & Barrel strives to capture the essence of old-school American barbecue to a tee by using all American meats, slow-and-low traditional cooking techniques that mimic a backyard family barbecue, and the showstopper – an imported authentic wood-fired smoker made by a family business in Missouri. The smoker differs from any ordinary charcoal or gas grill, as it produces the hallmark flavours of Texas-style barbecue through the hickory wood aroma.
Smoke & Barrel will be soft opening in October. So note it down and watch this space, as this whole dining experience will be worth the wait! Andrea Wong