The Philippines boasts a wide range of cultures, which in turn brings a variety of mixed cuisines. One of the most sought after cuisines in the country is anything BBQ. Are you feeling hungry and want to try some of the best BBQ cuisines in the country? Here is a list of the five best BBQ restaurants and grills.
1. Smokin’ Pig Legendary Rib Joint
Located on Unit 1G & 1H, Capitol Green Street Commercial Center, Capitol Hills Drive, Old Balara, Quezon City 1101, this BBQ pork center is definitely one of the places to visit when in Manila. Best known for the smoked and deliciously marinated ribs, infused with Smokin Pigs’ own mix of herbs and spices, this particular dish is what gives the joint its name.
Food: Pork ribs are not the only dish this joint is known for. According to customer reviews, the Smokin Pig Legendary Joint also serves some of the best smoked beef belly, and slow-smoked beef brisket left to cook for over 14 hours. And, you can tell it was smoked in the best smoker by its deliciously smoky Applewood taste. Other signature dishes on the menu include the Smokin’ Pig sampler platter, the Pig signature smoked pork ribs and the pulled pork barbeque nachos.
Ambience: The restaurant is generally cool and quite relaxed. It incorporates an American ambience, deep in the heart of Manila. It also provides an outdoor sitting area and a full operational bar complete with Wi-Fi connectivity.
Price: It will cost you just 1200php for two people and approximately 60php for a pint of beer including outdoor delivery.
Opening hours: It is open from 11am to 10pm on week days and 11am-11pm on weekends.
2. Lola Ote
For tasty BBQ steak, pork or chicken, Lola Ote is a good place to choose. Located in 26 Courtyard Building, Sgt. Esguerra Street, South Triangle, Tomas Morato, Quezon City, this joint serves some of the most scrumptious Filipino cuisines in the city. Its signature dish, the Pampanga’s Original Sisig, Isaw Ng Baboy is prepared in quality smokers that make the meat tender and sweet. This is what has made it a popular pork joint in the city.
Food: The menu here is not only affordable, but also comes with a lot of food. For 150php you’ll get an 18″ BBQ, 1 cup of rice, and iced tea in a mason jar. Plus, 42php will get you isaw baboy, which has a very unique taste. Other dishes on the menu include pork sisig and chicharon bulaklak.
Ambience: The restaurant has a modern feel complete with double tables, lounge seating areas and an outdoor setting for both couples and groups. It also offers an option for home delivery.
Price: It will cost you just 600php for two people for some of their most scrumptious meals.
Opening hours: It is open from 10 AM to 10:30 PM throughout the week.
3. Nadies Chicken House
This is one of the best chicken BBQ chicken joints outside Manila. Located in SM City, Lagao, General Santos, Mindanao, Philippines, the Nadies serves scrumptious Filipino and Asian BBQ dishes. It is best known for the extremely tender and sweet BBQ chicken, and the Gensan homegrown BBQ chicken resto.
Food: Nadies prepares its BBQ dishes in quality smokers that cook the meat over a long period of time. This ensures even cooking which makes the chicken sweet and tender. Others dishes on the menu include sauteed vegetables and grilled tuna and a variety of other BBQ dishes.
Ambience: The Nadies provides enough space and has a modern Filipino ambience. The service is also good. The entire area is conducive for couples and also families.
Price: The food here is not only sweet, but also affordable, with dishes costing around 300php for two people.
Opening hours: Nadies is open from 10 AM to 10:30 PM throughout the week.
4. Rub Ribs and BBQ
Have a craving for ribs? This is the best place to satisfy your appetite. Located along 1703 Nicanor Garcia Corner Baler Street, Poblacion, Makati City, Rub Ribs and BBQ serves the sweetest Raki’s BBQ ribs, stuffed with very tender meat, with enough combination of sweet and salty taste, perfectly grilled.
Food: Serving a variety of flavorful dishes, as well as an extensive selection of ribs, Rub Ribs and BBQ is the place to be for scrumptious ribs. It is best known for its onion rings, mashed potato, grilled corn, fries, iced tea, chicken wings, and bacon potato salad dishes. Their infamous ribs are tender, well-seasoned, and marinated to perfection in state of the art smoking machines over a long period of time. The sides are also good and with big servings too.
Ambience: The restaurant is spacious and under-lit with a mixture of both Filipino and western decor. It is the perfect place for dates and also families and groups.
Price: It will cost you just 700php for two people and just 45php for a pint of beer.
Opening hours: Rub Ribs and BBQ is open from 11 AM to 10 PM throughout the week.
5. Big Daddy Jays All-American BBQ
For anyone looking for an all American BBQ setting and food, this is the place to be. Located on 61B 17th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City, Big Daddy Jay’s serves all manner of BBQ dishes the American way. It is known for its authentic American style grills and has an American ambience.
Food: The food here is well prepared the American way. You can have anything from Buffalo wings to honey mustard chicken wings, and slow cooked smoked pork ribs.
Ambience: Big Daddy Jays provides a complete western ambience complete with American culture. It is an ideal joint for anyone seeking an all American joint with American dishes.
Price: It will cost you just 900php for two people and just 60php for a pint of beer.
Opening hours: Big Daddy Jays is open from 11 AM to 2:30 PM, and then 6 PM to 10:30 PM throughout the week.
Finding an ideal BBQ joint is not an easy task, especially in places with a variety of competitive cuisines. A perfect BBQ joint should serve a variety of meats that are tender and tasty, have an exciting ambience and reasonable prices. The above restaurants have satisfied all these criteria and are a must for any BBQ lover.