Planning a barbeque but can’t be bothered with the barbequing part? Burn City Smokers, run by Steve Kimonides and Raphael Guthrie, is now delivering smoked meats (and cauliflower) to your door.
“I call it the Lite n’Easy of the barbeque world,” says Guthrie. “You just follow some simple reheat instructions and pretend that you did all the hard work.”
Kimonides and Guthrie first worked together as sommeliers but swapped to smoking meats in 2014. They started Burn City Smokers as a catering service but were soon popping up around town with a food truck at markets and music festivals. In 2017, they turned their South Kingsville test kitchen into a cosy 25-seat restaurant). Then in December last year, after requests for more small-group catering options, the pair launched a delivery service.
“We were thinking about what we could do for these people, who obviously love convenience but also quality, so we wanted to give them an easy option,” Guthrie says.
The new BBQ To Your Door service delivers smoked meats, vegetarian options and a number of sides to metropolitan Melbourne.
Choose from Texan-style (salt-and-pepper rubbed) beef brisket that’s been smoked for 14 hours; spicy pulled pork generously seasoned with paprika; a whole butterflied chicken marinated for 48 hours in chermoula and cumin; and vegan smoked cauliflower with almond cream and a parsley-and-almond salad.
There are also large sides such as mac’n’three cheese; a grain salad with red, black and white quinoa; potato salad with peas, pickled onions and lemon dressing; classic coleslaw with wombok and red cabbage; and smoked corn with chipotle butter. Plus, you can order bottles of Burn City’s fermented jalapeno sauce, and its molasses barbeque sauce.
It’s all made to order, so the team needs at least five days’ notice. Select your dishes and the number of servings online and they’ll arrive in vacuum-sealed bags, ready for your big day or night, with straightforward instructions.
“We recommend reheating gently in the oven for an hour or an hour-and-a-half depending on the meat or product you’ve got; then you just take it out of the bag and serve. Very simple,” Guthrie says.
BBQ to Your Door delivers to metropolitan Melbourne and has a minimum spend of $250.