We fill you in on where to get BBQ pork ribs, beef short ribs, and even lamb ribs in Singapore. Time to get those hands dirty!
In the mood to get your hands dirty and chow down on meaty delicacies without trying to impress anyone or anything but your appetite? When it comes to American restaurants, we’ve got plenty to keep our mitts occupied – burgers, fried chicken and, possibly the messiest of the lot, meat ribs. From BBQ baby back pork ribs to smoky beef ribs, head to these restaurants in Singapore and call dibs on ribs. And yes, licking and sucking meat from the bone is totally acceptable.
Best baby back ribs in Singapore
1. Decker Barbecue
We love a good Texas barbecue, and if there’s a place in Singapore that does it well, it’s definitely Decker Barbecue. It uses the time-honoured tradition of low and slow smoking, plus you can expect honest pricing and a good dose of Southern hospitality. Enjoy a generous serving of perfectly smoked pork spare ribs by the riverside when you order the Decker feast to share. We won’t judge if you add on juicy wagyu brisket and spicy lamb sausage – go big or go home, right?
Decker Barbecue, #01-17, The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252
2. Meat N’ Chill
Want a taste of the meanest ribs in town? Head to Meat N’ Chill for the best place to, well, meet and chill. Its lamb ribs are rich and succulent, smoked in-house and served with a side of tangy orange mint sauce. We also love the fall-off-the-bone prime beef ribs that are braised in a Shiraz and XO concoction. Absolutely delish!
Meat N’ Chill, #01-04, 6th Avenue Centre, 805 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 279883
How serious are the MeatSmith fellas about smoking meats? Serious enough to yank down two large smokers all the way from the US. The result? Tender, flavourful meats that will neither give your jaw a tough time while chewing nor a desire to drown them in sauce – they’re that good on their own!
MeatSmith, multiple locations including Little India and Telok Ayer
4. Red Eye Smokehouse
Strictly for meat lovers, this laidback American-style BBQ smokehouse knows what’s up. We’re talking fall-off-the-bone tender beef short ribs, brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork and short plate. All doused in smoky rubs and sauces that’ll make you thank the creator of BBQ. Oh, and don’t forget sinful sides like mashed potatoes with bone marrow butter, cornbread with honey butter, burnt ends beans, and dirty rice with chopped brisket and drippings. Round up the crew for a filling meal!
Red Eye Smokehouse, 1 Cavan Road, Singapore 209842
5. Dallas Restaurant & Bar
The restaurant has been around for more than 10 years – a testament to the good food and great vibes. So what kept it in the game so long? Finger-lickin’ mains like decadent pork ribs, slow-cooked for two hours to achieve a perfect texture that’s tender without being flaky. Plus, a full rack of fiery ribs that will test your spice tolerance, and the berry ribs that offer a unique but decidedly moreish tangy berry glaze.
Dallas Restaurant & Bar, multiple locations including Boat Quay and Marina Bay Sands
6. La Taperia
While many might associate the Les Amis Group as the trailblazers of French (Bistro Du Vin) and Japanese (Aoki) fine dining in Singapore, it also cooks up authentic Spanish cuisine at La Taperia. Amongst its tantalising array of tapas, you can find the costillitas de cordero a la parrilla. In other words, charcoal-grilled lamb rib confit glazed with honey mustard. If you yearn for a stronger, gamier flavour in your meat ribs – with just as much slippery tenderness – this dish will rock your taste buds.
La Taperia, #02-10/11, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Singapore 228208
7. The Coastal Settlement
Though a lil’ out of the way, The Coastal Settlement is one of our go-to hangouts for comfort food and 50s nostalgia. We’re talking about more than just addictive pizzas and portobello fries. The crispy pork ribs can feed two with its generous portion and tangy Asian marinade that’s slathered all over the soft, succulent meat.
The Coastal Settlement, 200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529
Self-proclaimed as the “home of sticky bones”, it’s no surprise that Morganfield’s signature dish is fork-tender, rustic pork ribs. The classic, hickory wood-smoked version is coated in an addictive, cider-infused barbecue sauce, or you can wolf down more adventurous flavours such as garlic BBQ and smoked peppercorn.
Morganfield’s, multiple locations including VivoCity, The Star Vista and Orchard Central
9. Jerry’s BBQ & Grill
For a reliable bounty of barbecued goodness, Jerry’s Barbecue and Grill won’t disappoint. Expect flame-licked ribs that are smoke-barbecued Memphis-style, using hickory wood to impart intense, bitter, smoky flavours into the meat. These ribs are cooked for four to five hours at low heat – a skill executed to perfection at this American eatery in Singapore. And yes, these folks do takeaway in case you can’t finish!
Jerry’s BBQ & Grill, multiple locations including Club Street and Jalan Kayu
10. Smokey’s BBQ
Firing up an authentic barbecue experience, Smokey’s slow-roasts and smokes all its meaty mains with a secret blend of seasoning and wood chips carted in straight from the USA. Feast on ribs seasoned in a special dry rub and doused in BBQ sauce, fit for sharing… or for those of you who are very, very hungry.
Smokey’s BBQ, 73 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427790
11. Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill
This one’s a fave haunt amongst sports fans who frequent it for live screenings of games. It keeps patrons chuffed and stuffed with a wide selection of American classics, including its specialty baby back ribs. If you need more meaty energy for that late night sports marathon, Dan Ryan’s pairs its ribs with barbecue chicken. You’ll never get hungry after all that cheering (or cursing)!
Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill, #B1-01, Tanglin Place, 91 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247918
12. Boomarang Bistro & Bar
This one is a favourite we keep coming back to (see what we did there?). Boomarang is a cafe, bar and bistro concept that proudly serves authentic Australian cuisine. Located by the scenic Singapore River in Robertson Quay, it offers a relaxing ambience for all-day dining and entertainment. The kitchen will have you stuffed with meaty favourites like the fiery devil’s ribs: baby pork ribs marinated in a spicy sauce that will leave tingles on your tongue.
Boomarang Bistro & Bar, #01-15, The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252
13. Patbingsoo Korean Dining House
We admit these aren’t your typical baby back ribs, but pork ribs are a specialty at this Korean restaurant in Singapore. The laidback resto has sinful street food like rolling cheese pork ribs. For this dish, cheese is melted ’til it’s stringy, then wrapped around crispy pork ribs and served with spicy gochujang sauce.
Patbingsoo Korean Dining House, multiple locations including Jurong Point, VivoCity and Northpoint City
Now, who’s ready for the meat sweats with rockin’ ribs in Singapore?