Review of Bodean’s BBQ Covent Garden

London’s popular BBQ and smokehouse Bodean’s BBQ has celebrated its latest opening in Covent Garden with a BBQ and beer pairing event. A five course meat lovers feast accompanied with an assortment of IPA and craft beers with each course… I was in foodie heaven!

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Bodean’s BBQ, London’s original smokehouse, brings the taste of Kansas City BBQ to Covent Garden. Located on Catherine Street, in the heart of London’s theatreland, Bodean’s BBQ is a meat-lovers paradise and often touted as London’s best barbecue restaurant, offering the ‘best ribs this side of the Atlantic.’

Starting off the night with a Mexican Salad – yes a salad at Bodean’s!! an unusual starter to wet your appetite of thick cut strips of chargrilled chicken, salad leaves, ripe avocado, black beans and rice. Dressed in a light vinaigrette the salad was pretty basic and not what I would order at a BBQ joint. Think contents of a burrito but a lighter and more digestible option. 

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The starter came with the Big Wave beer, a light bodied golden ale with a fruity fresh flavour – a smooth refreshing ale slightly sweetened with caramel tones. 

Up next was Pulled Pork smoked for 12 hours for that fall off bone moriesh texture which came with a side of house coleslaw. One of my favourites off the menu and it did not disappoint especially when dowsed in the house hickory BBQ sauce! Paired with Boulevard Tank 7 beer from Kanas City. A traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale,  it’s fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes with a peppery aftertaste cut the intensity of the smoked pork.

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Dish 3 was Cajun swordfish with mango salsa and pan fried okra. I understood the thought behind the dish sticking with southern cooking with a touch of the Carribean however it lacked that unique Bodean’s stamp. It’s pairing with a Tropical IPA beer of rich exotic flavours such as mango, papaya and bitter orange complimented the fish and already fruit salsa.

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Bodean’s famous Baby back ribs – 7/ 8 hrs smoked served with seasoned fries paired with a Single Wide IPA topped off BBQ Blowout. The sticky sweet burnt ribs matched  perfectly with the bitterness and citrus tones from hops.

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Finally a warm gooey chocolate brownie with vanilla ice-cream paired with London Fullers black cab stout. It’s dark chocolate malts and espresso taste was the absolute partner to the already divine brownie.

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Bodean’s BBQ is my top restaurant in London for Southern style BBQ, it’s staples of ribs, pulled pork and wings (OH GOD THEIR WINGS!) are firm favourites. Be prepared for meat sweats!