In the States there’s really no such thing as “American” barbeque – only Texan, Alabaman, Virginian and so on. Each state has its own tastes and traditions. And in many cases, there are several regional styles within a single state.

This is hard to tell from Sydney, where barbeque (or “barbecue” if you want to be really authentic) is often a mish-mash of styles. It doesn’t matter. The important thing is that the meat is good quality and it’s cooked low and slow in a proper smoker. We’re doing well on both fronts.

When meat is cooked this way, there’s only one result: charred, succulent and profoundly flavoursome. Don’t forget your favourite hot sauce, and a side of mac’n’cheese, potato salad or slaw.

Vic’s Meat Market Butcher

Take a break from your hectic shop at the Fish Market for a brisket or pulled pork sandwich with spicy slaw.

Sydney Fish Market Bank Street, Pyrmont

LP’s Quality Meats

This rowdy tavern takes influences from a number of places, serving Italian mortadella alongside German schinkenwurst. But, even American barbeque purists would have to agree that owner-chef Luke Powell has some serious skill with the smoker, which churns out sausages, beef short rib and paprika-rubbed chicken.

Unit 1 16 Chippen Street, Chippendale
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Surly's

Barbeque is only served Friday to Sunday, but it's done right, over apple and hickory woods. Pulled pork, pork ribs and beef brisket are all sold by weight, just like they do in the South.

182 Campbell Street, Surry Hills
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The Oxford Tavern

Black Betty BBQ gets smoking in the beer garden on Fridays and Saturday, serving pulled pork, beef brisket and smoked jackfruit.

1 New Canterbury Road, Petersham, Petersham

Nola

A huge New Orleans-inspired smokehouse that mixes Cajun, Creole and barbeque influences, resulting in such dishes as Rangers Valley brisket smoked for 12 hours. Bonus: there are 500-plus whiskies behind the bar.

Level 1 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo South

The Erko

This pub's smoker isn't the largest in town, but it churns out a respectable selection that's perfect with a beer.

102 Erskineville Road, Erskineville
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