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“Great smoked ribs”

Uncle Mike's Kansas City BBQ
Ranked #86 of 143 Restaurants in Lower Hutt
Price range: $10 - $27
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Uncle Mike's is New Zealand's only authentic American BBQ restaurant. American BBQ features a 'low and slow' smoking process. After being seasoned with a special dry rub, meats are SMOKED from 4 to 14 hours, depending on the thickness of the meat, at low temperatures over apple wood, never boiled or baked. some of the meats have a pink finish, that is the "smoke ring". they are not raw. The smoked chicken, ribs and beef are juicy, tender and delicious, and unlike any other BBQ served in New Zealand, meat do not fall off bone. Our meats are then topped with Uncle Mike's home-made Kansas City BBQ Sauce which balanced between sweet and spicy. Note- the chicken will have a pink finish due to the smoking process. Note- the ribs will have a pink finish known as the smoke ring.
Reviewed May 18, 2013

It's a smoke house, so that's what we eat and it was great. Very nice smoked duck and pork ribs. The Pinot Noir available is also very worthwhile. Family friendly reasonable prices and a good selection of smoked food.

Thank Ian R
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

We went in for the Monday night ribs special. We were the ONLY customers in the place yet it took the waiter about 3 minutes to settle on which table we should have, We thought it must have been because there were lots of bookings coming in but that was not the case as only 2 other groups came in when we were there, so not sure what that was about (inexperience maybe?) nonetheless it was very disconcerting and did not make us feel welcome. Also there was no music on so it was very quiet. I have to say when the food came out my heart sank, it looked terrible! BUT.. it actually was really very good! We had fries (hand cut) and coleslaw (also made in house) and they were great! The ribs are smoked and it really makes the flavour!
The downside was the presentation. Everything looked slapped together and chucked in dishes like no one really cared about what they were doing.

We would return to this restaurant as the food was tasty, but hope they spend a bit more time on presentation and atmosphere.
We dined here with our toddler and were offered a high chair but had to ask for a small spoon for her to eat her ice cream with!

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Thank AmberH_NZ
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

thought we'd give a local a try and oh no never again. right from the start we felt like we were intruding and only half seven. had the quacker and think its still quacking as under cooked under seasoned just really poor for something that supposedly takes all night. partner ordered chiili dog expecting it to be covered in chilli just like the states but oh no under delivered again. hair in the food twice and didn't care whatsoever toilets were filthy and really the place needs a real make over a little more care is needed here and listen to what people say instead of just agreeing

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2  Thank messy62
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Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

Mike is great, real front of house personality who still wears a Kansas chiefs hat even after years of pain. Food is fresh and flavoursome, beer offer well thought out. Wings followed by best burger a worthy journey

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Thank Dooley7147
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Only thing worth going for are the ribs - which they frequently run out of. Salad is dry, Chicken wings are dry... enough said, really.

Thank 415Yyy
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