Smoked meats are the best kind of meats and they’re even better when they come from a literal hole in the wall down a side alley in Burleigh Heads.
Surprise, Wholly Smoke is bringing all of those things and then some and you should make it your life mission to get down there and sample the goods this week.
Found just off Lemana Lane, home to Granddad Jacks, Hotel Miami and Karma Collab Hub, Wholly Smoke is a casual space with absolutely incredible smokey scents wafting out so all you’ll need to do is follow your nose and prep your tastebuds.
As we said, the eats are handed out through a hole in the wall and you can pull up a seat along the fence, at the high bench or on the communal table down the middle and there are spots for about 50 folks, which is obviously a party.
Clearly the menu was made for the meat eaters among us and if you identify as such, get excited, it’s some of the tastiest smoked meat we’ve sampled.
To start we highly recommend some Smoked Chicken Wings with your choice of sauce – there’s Smoked Chilli Plum (amazing), Burner (so hot) and Mouth Watering Spice. All so good.
For mains there are rolls, which can also be ordered sans roll (AKA salad) and you may choose Smoked Brisket, BBQ Lamb, and Pulled Smokey BBQ Pork and all of those will make you very happy.
There are also burgers including the Smoked Cheeseburger (top three burgers we’ve ever tasted) and the Sweet Pulled Pork Burger.
Drinks-wise there are traditional milkshakes on offer, including chocolate, strawberry and vanilla and gourmet in PB + J and Ferrero + Nutella flavour and they are the perfect accompaniment to the food.
Happily, Wholly Smoke is BYO so that’s always a good time when scoffing smoked meats with the crew.
Can’t recommend this place highly enough if you’re in the mood for some good, old-fashioned BBQ, everything is a total flavour sensation.
Back alley eats for the win. Also, props for the name, one of the best ever.
LOCATION: 2/29 Lemana Lane, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: 12pm to 5pm Tuesday and 12pm to 7.30pm Wednesday to Sunday
Words and photos by Kirra Smith