The best way to celebrate warmer months arriving in the UK is firing up the barbecue. It is as if the smell of burgers grilling over charcoal is synonymous with summertime. However, in March a BBQ beach ban was proposed by the local council, citing charcoal smoke and single-use plastic waste as disruptive to the environment and the overall beach experience. Despite not being able to grill on your own, residents of Brighton and Hove have a bounty of BBQ joints to fill their bellies with brisket, bacon, and burgers.
This one is a love letter to all our meat-loving folk, but we’ve made sure to include veggie-friendly options so that everyone can enjoy Brighton’s BBQ goodness.
Wood X Coal @ Bison Beach Bar
Bison Beach Bar is serving up delicious BBQ thanks to their partnership with Wood X Coal: Wood X Coal grills meat to perfection while Bison Beach Bar serves up a variety of Sussex’s best craft beer in a totally chilled out environment. It’s a match made in summertime heaven if you ask us. Another heavenly pairing? Flank steak cooked over coals at high temperatures with a side of chargrilled corn covered in sour cream mayo and onions.
Where: 284 Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1EN
Kindling’s ethos is immediately clear upon entering. A crisp, white interior with natural wooden elements accented by hanging plants seems to mirror Kindling’s belief in serving food that’s not only good for you, but for the environment. The restaurant’s focus on creating seasonal menu items with fresh ingredients from local suppliers makes it a shining example of how barbecue can be an elegant dining experience.
The menu oozes sophistication with à la carte items like Grilled Retired Dairy Beef with Oxtail and Wild Garlic, and Local Brill with Smoke Fish Roe and Grilled Baby Leeks. You can bask in Brighton’s summer sunshine by opting to eat outside at one of their alfresco tables, or escape the heat by grabbing a spot inside. Kindling’s kitchen believes in inclusivity, so vegan and vegetarians can take part in the restaurant’s delicious dining.
Where: 69 East St, Brighton BN1 1HQ
Barbecue doesn’t have to be reserved for lunch and dinner! Thanks to Bluegrass BBQ’s breakfast selection, you can revel in your favourite meaty delights any time of day. Consider starting your day with the “Low’n’Joe Stack” consisting of a pile of fluffy American-style pancakes, juicy pulled pork, bacon, maple syrup, and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. If that seems too decadent for the morning, swing by Bluegrass later in the day and do not leave without ordering their Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles. It’s got all the crispy, crunchy textures your mouth could want, paired with the delicate sweetness of syrup— a true must-try on the menu.
Hot tip: On Wednesdays, Bluegrass has Bottomless Buffalo Wings for just £12.
Where: 52-53 London Rd, Brighton BN1 4JX
With a slogan like “Meat, Fish, Fire”, the Coal Shed gets straight to the point. The focus here is all on expertly cooked meat that is locally-sourced. Everything from the Grilled Lamb Leg to the Dry-Aged Steak Burgers are cooked to perfection. Coal Shed has gone above and beyond to guarantee every dish they serve is of the highest quality. So far, in fact, that they imported a charcoal Josper oven from Spain. Coal Shed’s keen eye for detail is reflected in its sleek design; lit by gleaming Edison bulbs reflecting off the aged wooden floors. Coal Shed is the right spot for a date night between butchery connoisseurs.
Where: 8 Boyce's St, Brighton BN1 1AN
KOGI Korean BBQ
Although Korean BBQ might not be the first thing you think of when you imagine a grill-out, historians have found evidence of the Korean BBQ tradition dating back as far as 37 B.C. That information makes KOGI a can’t miss stop in Brighton for those seeking barbecue. The combination of fermented condiments, chilli pastes, and traditional Korean spices used at KOGI blend beautifully with their carefully-selected meats to create crispy Korean Fried Chicken and saucy Marinated Bulgogi (beef). The self-grilled Pork Belly with a side of homemade Kimchi is an all-around winner.
Where: 30 York Pl, Brighton BN1 4GU
And: 66 Queens road, BN1 3XD
Baqueano means “expert” in Spanish and, when it comes to meat, the staff here definitely is. The menu reads like a love letter to Argentina; the homeland of Baqueano’s owners. This small, somewhat unassuming eatery delivers grass-fed beef that has undergone a perfected 45-day-wet-aging process. During this process, the restaurant’s meat is put into vacuum-sealed bags to marinate in its own juices. The quality cuts of meat in combination with how it’s prepared and grilled makes it some of the most tender and juicy beef you’ll ever have.
Where: 125 Western Rd, Brighton, BN1 2AD
Jb's American Diner
Overlooking the famous Brighton Pier is JB’s American Diner. The entire eatery, from its interior to its menu, is a nod to 1950s Americana. Vintage memorabilia hangs above the nostalgic diner booths. American flags, classic cartoons, and 50s rock music all contribute to the overall atmosphere of JB’s. Americans seeking comfort foods from home can find all the A&W root beer floats and marinated beef burgers their hearts desire. The buffalo wings at JB’s are truly finger-lickin’ good.
Where: 31 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 1NR
There may be no place on Earth more well-known for its steaks than Argentina. Fortunately, you don’t need to book a ticket to Buenos Aires to get a taste of the Southern Hemisphere where you have Chamuyo right here in Brighton. A stone’s throw from the coastline, Chamuyo offers an intimate dining experience and a meat-focused menu. We suggest ordering the new Roasted Pork Belly or the Spicy Hot Beef Empanadas and finish the evening with Flan con Dulce de Leche (an Argentinian dessert favourite).
Where: 62 Middle St, Brighton BN1 1AL
SmoQue Burger is the premiere burger joint in Brighton due to its expansive menu of meat patties. Only the truly carnivorous are brave enough to walk into SmoQue Burger and order the Challenger Burger off the menu— a triple cheeseburger with additional streaky bacon and all the bells and whistles. They even offer a vegan burger for less than £6 made with a special vegan burger sauce. It’s not just the immense variety that makes SmoQue a winner though, it’s their commitment to working with Sussex suppliers to make every item with the freshest, local ingredients.
Where: 76 Islingword Rd, Brighton BN2 9SL
Chili dogs, beef burgers, and buffalo wings— MEATliquor’s menu reads like a carnivore's dream. This isn’t a stop for those on a diet. The side options here, which include thick battered onion rings, chips smothered in melted cheese, and fried pickles, are as deviously filling as the mains themselves. Vegans can explore a vast selection of veggie options, from Tempeh Burgers to Sriracha Fries. The interior design here is next level. Vibrant paint covers the walls and neon lights illuminate the underneath of the bar, but even the exciting atmosphere can’t outshine the food at MEATliquor.
Where: 22-23 York Pl, Brighton BN1 4GU
Market Restaurant and Bar
Market’s Spanish tapas-style food breathes new life into sharing plates. Why choose between Suckling Pig and Lamb Ribs when you can have both, right? Market is, at its core, a celebration of culture centered around the finest ingredients. Their perfected Iberian menu is so well suited for the tiny emerald venue, it’ll have you wanting to spend every long summer night sipping wine and indulging in Pinchos de Pollo (barbecued chicken skewers).
Hot tip: For the extra hungry among us, splash out on the £35 Sussex Heritage Sirloin butchered from grass and apple-fed beef.
Where: 42 Western Rd, Hove BN3 1JD
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
This authentic Gaucho steakhouse is another alternative barbecue joint you’ll want on your radar. At Fogo de Chão, Rump Steak Sirloin, Filet Mignon and Cheese Wrapped in Bacon, Smoked Gammon, and Beef Neck are just some of the many grilled meat varieties you can get cut straight off their giant skewers. If you can’t pick just one of these delicious menu items, you can always opt for the Brazialian Buffet, where you can get a little taste of everything.
Where: 65-75 West St, Brighton BN1 2RA