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7 Of The Best Rib Joints In Town

By Cayley Nel
Slow-cooked ribs being served at a restaurant with a beer

A juicy stack of slow-cooked ribs is one of the few things worth getting dirty for. From a flavourful dish at a trendy restaurant to a hearty full rack to take-away, we've got you covered. To find out where to get the best ribs in town, check out our mouth-watering list below.

Miss Moonshines

Barbecue
3/130 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

Dedicated to serving street-style food straight off the grill, you can expect to be blown away by the pork ribs at Miss Moonshines. Their trendy, minimalist interior provides the ideal atmosphere for a catch up with friends. Depending on how hungry you feel you can choose between their half or full rack. Both options will have been perfectly smoked for four hours. If you've got any room left after licking the plate clean, their date pudding or triple chocolate brownie is the perfect way to end the night.

Matakana Market Kitchen

Modern New Zealand
2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana

Based along the Makatana River, the Matakana Market Kitchen is a casual dining spot offerering an array of indoor seating, as well as an adorable selection of wooden tables in the sun. Their lengthy, categorised menu guarantees that even your fussy friend will find a dish they love. Listed under 'something to share' you'll spot their delicious sticky pork ribs. These bad boys are slow-roasted in mouth-watering sweet BBQ sauce and presented on a modernly rustic plate. If you're not keen to fight your friends for the last piece of meat, you can order a main dish from the 'something hearty' menu which also comes with agria fries and a market salad. Sit back, relax, and dig in!

Rack N Roll Ribs

Barbecue
295 Penrose Road, Mount Wellington + Suite 6/25 Anzac Road, Browns Bay
BBQ Ribs from Rack N Roll Ribs

Renowned for their juicy meat and massive portions, people travel from near and far to get their hands on Rack N Roll Ribs. Tailored to various appetites, you can choose between riblets, a half rack, a full rack, or a family pack of three full ribs. For an even heartier meal, a couple of extra dollars will get you a side of chips or onion rings. All of which are matched perfectly with their wide range of sauces. From classic tomato sauce to a good ol' cheesy sauce, they've got you covered. If you're battling to decide, their Rack N Roll BBQ sauce is always a crowd favourite.

Deep Creek Brews & Eats

Modern New Zealand
111 Clyde Road, Browns Bay

Since 2011, Paul, Scott, and Jarred have been providing Kiwis with some insanely good craft beer. From an American pale ale to a refreshing lager, they've got it–All with a slight Kiwi twist. In addition to quenching your thirst, Deep Creek Brews & Eats also know how to cook up some tasty ribs. On their dinner menu, you'll find their Jack Daniels BBQ Pork Ribs, served with chunky fries, and salad. For those midday meat cravings, you can score yourself a lunch portion of this dish alongside a glass of their iconic deep creek tap beer for just $20. Lunch at Deep Creek, anyone?

Kiss Kiss

Asian Fusion
1 Rocklands Avenue, Mount Eden
Thai-style ribs from Kiss Kiss

Decked out with neon lights, vibrant table cloths, and massive Thai umbrellas, Kiss Kiss provides an epic atmosphere to enjoy some killer ribs. Listed under their ‘shared' menu, you'll see the words 'SII KHRONG MOO YANG’. This popular dish is served as a large plate of Thai-style ribs, generously topped with their delicious Jaew sauce. If you're ready to tackle this massive pile of meat, we suggest bringing along a group of mates or coming with an empty stomach. To cleanse your palate in between bites, their bucket cocktails or Lychee Lager are always a hit.

Tok Tok

Asian Fusion
129 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna

With their unique Asian fusion cuisine and fresh, bright atmosphere, Tok Tok continues to be a Takapuna hot spot. Amongst their extensive menu, you'll see their amazing sticky pork ribs listed under the 'Small' section. Elegantly seasoned with herbs, sesame, and garlic, these ribs make for one epic starter. As much as you'll want to keep going back for more, you better save room for their other popular dishes such as duck pad Thai and yellow chicken curry.

Bushman's Grill

Steakhouse
31 Northcote Road, Hillcrest
Pork Ribs from Bushman's Grill

Get a taste of Africa with a trip to Bushman's Grill. With over twenty-three years of experience working in South African and Zimbabwean restaurants, you can trust that co-owner, Shane, knows how to grill some meat. With several sizes to choose from, their juicy ribs make for a great starter or main. Both sizes are slow-cooked and flame-grilled with your choice of 'sweet n smokey' or 'nice n spicy’ basting. You can even take it to the next level with their Madagascan pepper or mushroom & cheese sauce for an extra $3.

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