Shotgun BBQ, Soho

July 24, 2016
Meat lovers rejoice: Shotgun BBQ in Carnaby Street, Soho is a cozy, reasonably-priced American-style BBQ eatery for carnivores who love their ribs, brisket, and pork belly with a side of corn bread.

"Is this what freedom tastes like?" 'Muhrican meat at Shotgun BBQ, Carnaby Street

Aside from the cardinal sin of steak "well done" (ironic, really, because good steak should always be rare or medium-rare) you have to admit our Yankee friends know good meat. Pulled pork, baby back ribs, crispy bacon *waits for the culinary experts to jump in and tell me that all of these are not actually American*...well, strap me in a stars & stripes-emblazoned mobility scooter and get me to Carnaby Street, because there be an American BBQ joint where a carnivore like me can get her meat fix on. Leave behind your eco-terrorist friend (although why anyone would be friends with someone who wears leather and fur but will silently wait for your steak tartare to arrive only to launch into the hackneyed "all life is sacred" spiel is beyond me...) and instead take with you the friend who doesn't judge - hello, Luxy! - because there is no demure nor refined way to eat at Shotgun BBQ - you get stuck in, and what a delicious mess you'll make.

SHOTGUN BBQ  26 KINGLY STREET, LONDON W1B 5QD

Meat lovers rejoice: Shotgun BBQ in Carnaby Street, Soho is a cozy, reasonably-priced American-style BBQ eatery for carnivores who love their ribs, brisket, and pork belly with a side of corn bread.
Meat lovers rejoice: Shotgun BBQ in Carnaby Street, Soho is a cozy, reasonably-priced American-style BBQ eatery for carnivores who love their ribs, brisket, and pork belly with a side of corn bread.
Meat lovers rejoice: Shotgun BBQ in Carnaby Street, Soho is a cozy, reasonably-priced American-style BBQ eatery for carnivores who love their ribs, brisket, and pork belly with a side of corn bread.
Meat lovers rejoice: Shotgun BBQ in Carnaby Street, Soho is a cozy, reasonably-priced American-style BBQ eatery for carnivores who love their ribs, brisket, and pork belly with a side of corn bread.
Meat lovers rejoice: Shotgun BBQ in Carnaby Street, Soho is a cozy, reasonably-priced American-style BBQ eatery for carnivores who love their ribs, brisket, and pork belly with a side of corn bread.
Meat lovers rejoice: Shotgun BBQ in Carnaby Street, Soho is a cozy, reasonably-priced American-style BBQ eatery for carnivores who love their ribs, brisket, and pork belly with a side of corn bread.
Meat lovers rejoice: Shotgun BBQ in Carnaby Street, Soho is a cozy, reasonably-priced American-style BBQ eatery for carnivores who love their ribs, brisket, and pork belly with a side of corn bread.
Meat lovers rejoice: Shotgun BBQ in Carnaby Street, Soho is a cozy, reasonably-priced American-style BBQ eatery for carnivores who love their ribs, brisket, and pork belly with a side of corn bread.
Meat lovers rejoice: Shotgun BBQ in Carnaby Street, Soho is a cozy, reasonably-priced American-style BBQ eatery for carnivores who love their ribs, brisket, and pork belly with a side of corn bread.
Meat lovers rejoice: Shotgun BBQ in Carnaby Street, Soho is a cozy, reasonably-priced American-style BBQ eatery for carnivores who love their ribs, brisket, and pork belly with a side of corn bread.

I arrived early, before Luxy did which is a rare occurrence for me, so to continue my winning streak I requested to be moved from our dimly-lit table to one under the skylight. The ambience at Shotgun BBQ is what I would politely call cozy; that is, small and dark. The decor choices were probably made in mind that nobody, not even J-Law could look graceful with a mouth smeared with the restaurant's Carolina sauce, a loose bit of baby back rib dangling from the corner of one's meat-hole. The 'man-cave' vibe of the restaurant is fitting with the archaic masculine associations of meat with masculinity, although some would say that there's nothing more sensual than a stylish woman tearing into her meal like a wolf ravaging her kill. 

Between us both, Luxy and I ordered the middle white pork belly and baby back ribs accompanied with corn bread and pickles, USDA point-end brisket burnt ends, baked potato puree, and banana pudding. Blissful moans punctuated a satisfied silence as we sunk our teeth into the spoils, myself especially enamoured with the buttery rich texture of the potato puree with pleasant textured bits of baked skin, whose creamy texture perfectly offset my rich, perfectly cooked pork belly. The brisket burnt ends were decent, although a tad too cooked for my taste, but you're talking about someone who likes her meat raw. The portion baby back ribs was extremely generous - I watched with amusement as Luxy tackled her seemingly never-ending plate while enjoying the show as I dipped cornbread into my potato puree. Of the sauces, my favourite were the Carolina and the KC, both of which packed an almost-uncomfortably spicy, tangy punch. When our banana pudding arrived in a giant vase both my eyes and the top button of my jeans popped in unison, thankfully the actually serving was just a spoonful from the vast vessel. All in all, we both had a very filling, very generously-sized meal of two mains, a side, two soft drinks and a pudding to share for just under £50 - a modest price for a meal of immodest portions.


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