It appears temperatures are on the rise this Winter in Dublin’s Smithfield thanks to the addition of barbecue food haunt-My Meat Wagon. Living just a stone’s throw away from the area which is fast becoming my favourite food hotspot (thanks to nearby Soulful Bistro, Slice, and Love Supreme), I must admit I was pleased yet somewhat apprehensive when I heard that another barbecue joint was opening up in the city.
For those of you who are unaware, My Meat Wagon is one of the latest restaurants to serve up a juicy slice of what’s hot on trend food wise in the capital. Whilst barbecues were once something Dubliners could only dream of during Summertime, eateries such as Pitt Bros, Aussie BBQ and Bison have made it acceptable to get all fired up – all year round.
At My Meat Wagon they give you the option of ordering your meat of choice by box, sandwiched between bread or laid out for you on a board. As I had heard good things about it, I opted for the pulled pork sandwich which still makes my mouth water to this day just thinking about it. Served on a soft sugar washed bun with creamy red cabbage slaw, homemade Sriracha mayo, barbecue sauce, and topped with a crispy onion ring, this offering is so good you just know real effort, time, and goodness has been put into it’s making from start to finish.
For sides I chose fries which come presented in a nifty little trolley. Yes you read correctly, a trolley. No doubt first daters will be pleased to hear that this added novel touch will definitely help to spark conversation with your accompanist. If this was an all you could eat joint, this miniature meat wagon is something you would definitely take advantage of in gliding back up towards the grill to load up with some more. Last but definitely not least is my second side of choice. An old reliable in our household and a side which seemed popular on the night was their signature beans. Infused with smoky pieces of tender meat throughout, these were without doubt the best beans I’ve had and the perfect addition to the tastiest barbecue meal i’ve had in ages.
What I loved about My Meat Wagon is that the killer effort they’ve put into the food is reflected in it’s cool surroundings. Friends, owners, and the eateries head chefs Donal Cahill and Cian McHugh, have literally put their own personal touch on the premises stripping it back to build it right back up again. The restaurant boasts hand-crafted additions from upcycled wood which incorporates a food truck wall that acts as the kitchen pass. The pallets on the ceiling were even hung by the guys themselves. A do it yourself vibe with a cool, memorable finish, My Meat Wagon is young, different and has an interesting edge.
In this case, both of my initial assumptions were correct about My Meat Wagon. Pleased is something you should be as for those of you who are simply mad about meat, this buzzy hotspot is one to watch out for and most definitely deserves a place on your 2015 to taste list. Apprehensive is also an appropriate term to use when thinking about indulging in all that My Meat Wagon has to offer because once you’ve been, you simply won’t be able to stop thinking about this barbecue brilliance until your next visit.
By Siobhan Grogan @siobhangrogan1
My Meat Wagon
Market Square Smithfield, Dublin 7