It's a sad point in the yearly calendar when the chilly weather hits and invites to Aussie backyard barbecues stop rolling in. But it does pave the way for you to lend your taste buds to the grilled offerings of our global barbecuing buddies. American barbecue is about as A-grade an alternative as you'll get, particularly when the mercury drops a few notches (thanks to the smoky and juicy flavour cues). And The Oxford Tavern is the place to get it.
The Petersham pub takes the business of barbecuing very seriously for its Black Betty BBQ sessions, which emulate the style of barbecue typical to the US's southern states. Meat is prepped and rubbed with spices three days in advance and cooked 'low and slow'.
The menu is priced by 100-gram servings, so if decision-making isn't your strong suit (or you're just really hungry), load up your plate with juicy beef brisket, tender lamb ribs, a smoked 1/4 chicken and perhaps a smoked snag.
All orders come with slaw and cornbread but you'll want to add on burnt end beans ($6) for good measure. The Black Betty smoker operate every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until sold out. Our advice? Get there early so you don't miss out, and wear stretchy pants.
Starting Thursday, June 14, Black Betty BBQ sessions will run seven days a week. From 5pm, Monday–Friday; and 12pm, Saturday and Sunday until sold out. For more info, head to theoxfordtavern.com.au.