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Flavour Report with Derek Goforth: Good old-fashioned smoke brisket the star of the Burnt Barrel show

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Nachos, pulled pork and brisket sandwiches from Burnt Barrell.
Camera IconNachos, pulled pork and brisket sandwiches from Burnt Barrell. Credit: Derek Goforth

Burnt Barrel is a must-visit for anyone looking for exceptional Mid West cuisine.

I recently had the pleasure of trying their offerings at the Shore Leave festival, and I can honestly say that the food did not disappoint.

Despite being limited to just nachos and their famous meat sandwiches, I was blown away by the quality of the food.

My friends and I decided to go all out and ordered everything on the menu, apart from the ribs which were not yet available as we were there early in the day.

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Our total came to just over $50 with a few drinks, which may seem a bit pricey, but the smell alone was enough to make it worth every penny.

The service at Burnt Barrel was nothing short of excellent. Despite the large crowds, we were served quickly and politely. Our food was ready in just a few minutes, which was impressive given the number of people in line.

We started with the nachos, which were covered in sauce and piled high with toppings. They were delicious and definitely set the tone for what was to come. The pulled pork sandwich was also impressive, moist and packed with some spicy flavours.

However, the real star of the show was the brisket sandwich. As someone who prides myself on smoking good old-fashioned meat, I was blown away by the quality of this brisket. It fell apart when eaten, had a deep red smoke ring, and was perfectly complemented by the sharp and tangy barbecue sauce. One sandwich was simply not enough for my group, and we ended up going back for two more to take home.

Although I cannot comment on the seating and parking since this was a pop-up, the food alone was enough to make me a fan of Burnt Barrel. The meat was cooked to perfection, the sauce was just the right amount of tangy, and the portions were generous. It’s clear that the Barrel is a true Mid West institution, and I can see why so many people are willing to make the drive out to Nabawa to sample their offerings.

Overall, I highly recommend Burnt Barrel to anyone who is looking for delicious and authentic Mid West cuisine. Whether you’re a barbecue enthusiast or just someone who loves good food, you won’t be disappointed. The service is excellent, the food is top-notch, and the prices are reasonable considering the quality of the food. I, for one, can’t wait to go back for more.

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