American BBQ Tour of Perth

Smoked, marinated and slow cooked.  Just the way we love our BBQ and this unique tour highlights some of Perth’s best American style BBQ restaurants and bars.


Our first stop on this fabulous food lover’s tour.

We happily accepted an invitation with  Up Close and Local Boutique Tours for their “Low and Slow BBQ Tour”

Paul, one of the owners and guide on this tour, met us with the company mini-bus at the Bell Tower in Perth for the start of the day of food, food and more food.  A progressive lunch visiting Perth’s best American BBQ bars and restaurants.  We were warned to have a light breakfast and this advice certainly was sound.

Urban art to enjoy if you choose to dine alfresco.


Our first stop was in Highgate at a restaurant full of American charm and ambiance.  Although arriving before the traditional lunch crowd, we were in anticipation of the carnivore feast ahead.

To kick start the American experience, a delicious plate of spiced popcorn was presented as we ordered our drinks.  Yes, an early start but we were now on USA time!

Spiced popcorn


Our selection at this  stop was an impressive sharing platter of pulled pork, slow cooked brisket served with Espresso BBQ sauce, smokey beans and an amazing corn bread with maple syrup butter.  All were extremely tasty but our favourite was the slow cooked brisket.  Melt in  your mouth goodness.


Carnivore delight


On to our next stop and a change of style.  This hidden gem is more like a traditional American diner surrounded with quirky memorabilia.

The chef here has proudly displayed his Bachelor of Barbecue Science which he received in Kansas.  This promised to be a good stop!   Sadly, the chef was not prepared to share his secret  recipes but it was interesting to see how their food was prepared and have an up close view of the mammoth oven with attached smoker.

Ribs anyone??


Porky’s is home to a huge imported BBQ oven, where meat can be smoked and slow cooked for up to 16 hours.

The ribs and brisket here did not disappoint.  Smokey and tender and served with an accompaniment of a most unusual side of Deep Fried Mac n Cheese.   Surprisingly amazing!


Deep fried Mac n Cheese
Melt in your mouth. Slow cooked and smokey ribs.


Leaving in a food coma, our next stop would give us a break from eating and instead sample some American bourbon in the form of a cocktail infused with pecans.

Dominion League is home to over 260 different whiskeys.  A street level bar with speak-easy style, we enjoyed the ambiance whilst sipping our tasty cocktails.

Bourbon Cocktail served with pecans.
Spoiled for choice with a huge selection of spirits from which to choose.


On to our last stop for the day and thankfully the break has given us the encouragement to challenge another food feast.

Perth’s first traditional BBQ smokehouse


Old Faithful Bar and BBQ was the first traditional smokehouse in Perth.  With a rustic old American decor we looked forward  to sampling their delights.   Yet another giant platter was presented with twice-fried chicken wings, blue cheese sauce and pulled pork sliders.

Just when we thought we would never eat again, American style desert arrived.   Peanut butter cheesecake and cherry pie!   Sensational.



Our tour ended here and we left with full bellies and a new appreciation for American BBQ.   Slow cooked and marinated is the way for us from now on!

Thank you to Up Close and Local Tours Perth for inviting us on this terrific day out.  Paul, our guide and co-owner of the company, was charming, knowledgeable and a wonderful host.  The food was amazing and the generous servings would well and truly satisfy even the largest appetites



We would recommend this tour for any

  • BBQ enthusiasts
  • Visitors to Perth
  • Perth locals wanting to discover new and exciting bars and restaurants
  • Work functions
  • Guys or girls day out
  • Food lovers wanting a unique, boutique experience
  • Gift vouchers

The Low and Slow BBQ tour costs $89 per person inclusive of all food and some drinks.

For more information on this or other options offered by Up Close and Local Tours