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Where them ribs at: Canberra’s best ribs

Calum Stenning

Disclaimer: Eating ribs can be a messy business, but there is no messy business more worthwhile. Bring wet wipes. 

XOXO Gossip Girl


A stack of sticky, sweet, thick lamb ribs Jenga’d in the middle of the plate that are every bit as delicious as they look at XO.  If the table next to you gets them, you’ll be hard pressed to not order them too. The plum sauce perfectly complements melt-in-your-mouth, slow cooked perfection.

XO | www.xo-restaurant.com.au | 16 Iluka Street, Narrabundah


Southern Comfort

When you braise ribs for six hours, they become chock-full of flavour, and when you bite into them, they fall apart in your mouth like the internet did when Orlando Bloom paddle-boarded naked with Katy Perry. Ribs that

At The Meating Room, ribs that are a full of flavour and fall apart in your mouth are as delicious as Orlando Bloom is confident.

The Meating Room | www.meatingroom.com.au | 45 Liardet St, Weston Creek

All griller, no filler

The king in the north. Mills and Grills‘ pork or lamb ribs, slow cooked in a smoky barbeque sauce and then thrown on the chargrill. A classic recipe, it’s hard to go wrong.

Mills and Grills | www.millsandgrills.com.au | 37 Kesteven St, Florey

Tequila on the side

Cisco’s Ristaurante Mexicano‘s founder, Dave Nelson, lends his name to the dish of spare ribs, that’s how confident in their quality he is. It is not misplaced confidence. With melt-in-your-mouth consistency, Dave’s baby back baby back baby back ribs are topped with a tangy barbeque sauce and are sure to please.

Cisco’s Ristaurante Mexicano | www.ciscosmexicano.com.au | 35 Kennedy Street, Kingston

Jack’s Outback is back, Jack


Outback Jack’s may seem like an obvious inclusion in this list, but it’s obvious for the same reason clichés become cliché. They hit the mark every time. Slow cooked pork ribs + bourbon glaze = classic crowd pleaser.

Outback Jack’s | www.outbackjacks.com.au | 99 London Circuit, Civic

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Calum Stenning

Calum Stenning is Her Canberra’s newest and most male (read: only) intern. Three years spent living overseas has given him a renewed appreciation for Canberra life. Every day starts with coffee and the Sydney Morning Herald crossword at a favourite coffee haunt, as he is wary of the perils of dementia, and thinks crosswords are a viable safeguard. If he lives to a dementia-appropriate age (evidence says he won’t), he’ll let us know. More about the Author

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