If your love in life is meat, your joy can simply be found at a BBQ house. And let us tell you, this new American smokehouse, Ash Kickers Briskets & Bourbon, is likely to be Ekkamai’s – if not Bangkok’s – new hit haunt for carnivores and bourbon drinkers.
Unlike other cuisines in its melting-pot culture, America has created and taken barbecue into its own culinary sub-culture. But taking into account that the cooking of American grilled meat differs in each region, Hawaiian-native slash chef-cum-owner Colin Stevens and co-owner Gary Stewart have decided to rally and create an all-round BBQ haunt where they bring together quality cuts of meats and regional BBQ techniques from various states, spanning Texas, Kansas City, Hawaii and more. The heart of the meat-packed house, however, lies in its use of wood as a cooking fuel; the wood-smoked way of cooking here is what really unites together the various BBQ cooking styles of America.
So if you’re a true meat-eater, this wood-smoked BBQ spot with a rustic barn-house setting will have your jaw dropping as you drool over its pull-apart barbecued meat and all-from-scratch side dishes and sauces like cornbread, pickles, coleslaw, mustard, and barbecue sauce. The bar here is also stocked up with an extensive selection of bourbon – presumably a Bangkok restaurant with the most in bourbon offerings. So make sure you partake in the glory of this sunshine liquid whilst savouring scrumptious pieces of beef brisket.
Recently, we got a chance to check out the space and tried some of the best dishes Ash Kickers Briskets & Bourbon has to offer. Here’s a list of must-tries you need to order.
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Ash Kicker Combo (THB 1,360)
When hunger hits, satisfy your meat craving with this platter. Composed of wood-smoked brisket, pork belly, kalua pork, smoked wings, and hot link, here’s a plate that’s crammed with serious meatiness.
AK Pork Ribs (THB 750)
Pork belly on pork rib, it’s meat-on-meat perfection. And if the name already makes you salivate, don’t hesitate to go for it. The skin is shatteringly crispy, providing satisfying texture to the soft, fatty slab of flesh. The dish also comes with jalapeno cornbread, creamy slaw and your choice of one side dish. So basically, AK Pork Ribs is a complete meal on its own.
Crispy Pork Belly (THB 470)
Decent crispy pork belly, to many meat eaters, equals a perfect piece of steak cooked to perfection. The chewy fat and the moist meat give a delectable contrast to the skin’s crispness. Once bathed in Ash Kickers’ house-made hot sauce, the pork belly packs a kick that only intensifies its meaty heartiness.
Kalua Pork (THB 450)
Kalua Pork is the Hawaiian take on the slow-cooked pulled pork. It’s juicy, meaty and heart-wrenching. Ignore its sloppy, messy look because this fork-tendered pork shoulder – go figure – has long been the people-pleasing, and crave-worthy mess that you absolutely shouldn’t miss out on.
Jalapeno Cornbread (THB 150)
Cornbread to BBQ is what rice is to our pad kra prao. It’s an essential part of the barbecue cookout. Ash Kickers’ succulent version of the cornbread has a fistful of jalapenos that truly makes the buttery cornmeal mixture sing.
Kiss My Cheesy Grits (THB 230)
Ash Kickers’ cheese-enriched grits will have you inhaling its lusciously-silky mixture until the very last bit. Those who are not familiar with grits, the cooked cornmeal laden with butter is the US’s Southern staple – supposedly the equivalent of congee to rice eaters. Pair it with your juicy meat and let the cheesy grits round out the intensely scrumptious liquid of your BBQ.
In its relaxed, barn-like setting, sit back and indulge in your love of bourbon here. The outlet promises a ridiculously extensive list of bourbon along with cocktail and beer options for you to choose from. We recommend you down a glass – or two – of their signature house-brewed Smoked Maibock (THB 260 for 285 ml/ THB 360 for 473 ml) made from smoked barley for a refreshing slash aromatic start before going all out with their prime selection of bourbon.
Ash Kickers Briskets & Bourbon, 30/7-8 Ekkamai Soi 12, Bangkok, +662 120 4088
Open: Tue-Fri, 5-11 pm; Sat-Sun, 11 am-11 pm.