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Old 12-07-2017, 05:18 PM   #1
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Hello brethren! I recently returned from a honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand. While in Melbourne, a city renowned for its cuisine, my wife came across a place called the Hog & Lobster.


With a neon pig that says BBQ inside, how could I pass up the opportunity to see what the Aussies thought of American BBQ?

Of course Australia raises some amazing beef, so I gotta see how the brisket is done (Melbourne's best!). And the other thing they raise is a juicy lamb, so my wife gets the pulled lamb.



So first, it smells awesome, and it's a massive pile of meat on both plates. But a quick look reveals a sweet looking smoke ring? See it? Do you see it? No. No smoke ring ANYWHERE on this brisket. And no smoke flavor, so I don't know if maybe they wrap the whole thing and then put it on the smoker, or maybe they just show the meat pictures of wood while it's cooking. Anyway, it ended up being like a pot roast, falls apart when you try to pick it up with a fork, no bark, no smoke ring, no rub flavor. Luckily I had been craving pot roast for a while, so it filled that need.

In the background of the picture you see my wife's lamb. Whatever they did to this lamb they need to do to the brisket. It was smokey, with a great morroccan-like spice profile to it. Good stuff there.

Also, the mac and cheese was like soup. Good cheese flavor, but you needed a spoon to get the sauce. Definitely a market there for real American BBQ.

I have lots more food pictures you all want to see. And yes, I did try both wallaby (blah) and kangaroo (yum!).
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Old 12-08-2017, 02:37 AM   #2
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Hello brethren! I recently returned from a honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand. While in Melbourne, a city renowned for its cuisine, my wife came across a place called the Hog & Lobster.


With a neon pig that says BBQ inside, how could I pass up the opportunity to see what the Aussies thought of American BBQ?

Of course Australia raises some amazing beef, so I gotta see how the brisket is done (Melbourne's best!). And the other thing they raise is a juicy lamb, so my wife gets the pulled lamb.



So first, it smells awesome, and it's a massive pile of meat on both plates. But a quick look reveals a sweet looking smoke ring? See it? Do you see it? No. No smoke ring ANYWHERE on this brisket. And no smoke flavor, so I don't know if maybe they wrap the whole thing and then put it on the smoker, or maybe they just show the meat pictures of wood while it's cooking. Anyway, it ended up being like a pot roast, falls apart when you try to pick it up with a fork, no bark, no smoke ring, no rub flavor. Luckily I had been craving pot roast for a while, so it filled that need.

In the background of the picture you see my wife's lamb. Whatever they did to this lamb they need to do to the brisket. It was smokey, with a great morroccan-like spice profile to it. Good stuff there.

Also, the mac and cheese was like soup. Good cheese flavor, but you needed a spoon to get the sauce. Definitely a market there for real American BBQ.

I have lots more food pictures you all want to see. And yes, I did try both wallaby (blah) and kangaroo (yum!).

You come all the way to Melbourne and didn't try my Brisket
I have never heard of this place, Glad you liked the Lamb,
Shame you felt like eating what you normally eat with so much great food down here.
I will not eat in Port Melbourne, the food is all Plagiarized.
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Old 12-08-2017, 02:06 PM   #3
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You come all the way to Melbourne and didn't try my Brisket
I have never heard of this place, Glad you liked the Lamb,
Shame you felt like eating what you normally eat with so much great food down here.
I will not eat in Port Melbourne, the food is all Plagiarized.
Congrats on the Honeymoon
Sorry Titch! If only I had known! We weren't planning on having any BBQ stuffs, but my wife went to a dog parade in Port Melbourne and came across this place.

We had a 3 week trip, so we had lots of amazing food on the trip. But even the foods we have in the US, like BBQ, fish and chips, burgers, steaks, were prepared differently in NZ and Aus, so it was still interesting to try.
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Old 12-08-2017, 02:25 PM   #4
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Sorry Titch! If only I had known! We weren't planning on having any BBQ stuffs, but my wife went to a dog parade in Port Melbourne and came across this place.

We had a 3 week trip, so we had lots of amazing food on the trip. But even the foods we have in the US, like BBQ, fish and chips, burgers, steaks, were prepared differently in NZ and Aus, so it was still interesting to try.
Did you have a burger with pickled beets?
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I thought I saw a couple of Youtube videos with nice smokers in Australia. Where is that BBQ scene? And you need some bread with all that pot roast
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No pickled beets! I can't stand beets, they aren't going anywhere near quality beef!
Czarbecue - I'm sure there's good BBQ there, but we didn't seek it out, we just ran across this place and it looked good.
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