Craving barbecue? You don’t need to head to America’s Deep South to satisfy your taste buds.
Smokehouse 101 in Maidstone specialises in BBQ meat that’s been smoked for up to 18 hours, as well as reverse seared meats and southern fried chicken, delicious open sandwiches and more.
Head chef Marty Bishop has always worked in hospitality – from being a waiter to bartender to chef.
Besides food, his other passion is music – so when it came time for him to take on his own venue, he knew he wanted to combine live music with great food.
Barbecue also aligns with Marty’s love of New Orleans jazz and blues music which is why Smokehouse 101 features live music on the weekends, showcasing some of Melbourne’s best local musicians.
As for the food, you won’t find pricey wagyu cuts or unnecessary frills on the menu. Marty prides himself on serving simple, down home barbecue that’s honest, authentic and good value for money.
“I barbecue my meats with a couple of cabinet smokers and a rusty old offset,” laughs Marty. “After eating my way across America, doing my research, I realised that I didn’t want or need to use a fancy oven. The best barbecue I had was made in mom and pop greasy spoons and backwater barbecue joints, where people just smoked with whatever they had.”
Barbecue fans travel from all over town to chow on Marty’s best selling beef ribs, as well as the pulled pork, beef brisket, pork and lamb ribs. PJ Morton, the keyboardist of the hit US band Maroon 5, visits Smokehouse 101 when he is in town, and particularly rates the cornbread.
“He says it’s better than his mums!” laughs Marty.