We fill you in on where to eat BBQ pork ribs, beef short ribs, and even lamb ribs in Singapore. Time to get those hands dirty!
Some places, like fine dining restaurants, require an elegant sense of decorum while eating – use this fork for that starter, that spoon for this dessert, and all that jazz. But sometimes, all we wanna do is get our hands dirty and chow down on meaty delicacies without trying to impress anyone or anything but our appetites. And 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, and even lamb ribs, here’s where to go if you feel like calling dibs on ribs. And yes, licking and sucking meat from the bone is totally acceptable.
Best baby back ribs in Singapore
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.
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 stout gravy and bone marrow butter, cornbread with honey butter, burnt ends beans, and dirty rice with chopped brisket and drippings. Round the crew for a filling meal!
Red Eye Smokehouse, 1 Cavan Road, Singapore 209842
Dallas Restaurant & Bar
The restaurant has been around for 10 years – a testament to the good food and great vibes. So what has 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, 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.
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. And amongst its tantalising array of tapas, you can find the costillitas de cordero a la parrilla – or, 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
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 chargrilled baby rack ribs can feed two with its generous portion and thick, filling, 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
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. And yes, these folks do takeaway in case you can’t finish!
Jerry’s BBQ & Grill, multiple locations including Club Street and Jalan Kayu.
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
Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill
This one’s a fave haunt amongst sports fans who frequent it for live screenings of games. The Hong Kong-originating franchise has kept its patrons chuffed and stuffed with a wide selection of American classics, including its specialty baby back ribs. And if you need more meaty energy for that late night sports marathon, Dan Ryan’s even pairs its ribs with barbecued chicken, so 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
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, multiple locations including Robertson Quay and Boat Quay.
Patbingsoo Korean Dining House
We admit. These aren’t your typical baby back ribs, but pork ribs are a specialty at this Korean restaurant regardless. 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?