April 2017 will see The Blues Kitchen Brixton transform into a BBQ-lover’s heaven with the launch of The Big Smoke, a chef’s festival devoted entirely to ribs.

The Blues Kitchen is going bigger, better and smokier than ever, transforming the restaurant and bar on Acre Lane into a smokin’, juicy, fire pit serving ribs from some of the world’s most celebrated pitmasters.

From Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th April, award-winning chefs Neil RankinWayne Mueller and DJ BBQ, from the UK and US BBQ scene, will descend upon Brixton to take turns at firing up their own signature ribs on 2 specially installed custom-built propane tank 108-inch smokers, cooking up to 300 portions of ribs per night.

An extensive selection of over 100 rare and vintage Bourbons will be available to pair with each meat alongside a wide range of cocktails and local craft ales.

The Big Smoke will also offer an opportunity to enjoy world-class blues, roots and soul artists playing live every night. 

Neil Rankin

Tuesday 25th April

Lighting the way is the legendary Neil Rankin, who will be at the helm for a feast of all things meaty. Former Pitt Co and Smokehouse chef has recently been riding high on the success of his newly opened BBQ joint Temper, and will be bringing his expertise to the smokers of Brixton.

Wayne Mueller

Wednesday 26th April

Flying in from the states, Wayne Mueller, owner of the Texan “cathedral of smoke” Louie Mueller Barbecue, will be the third guest take-over the smoker. A third-generation pit-master, Mueller has become a Barbecue missionary, smoking ribs across the US, Japan and Europe, whilst running his Grandfather’s Texas Barbecue house.


Thursday 27th April

From one BBQ legend to another, DJ BBQis returning for another year of racks, stacks and ribs. The man behind The Blues Kitchen’s custom Rib Fest smoker will be cooking up a meat stack storm to the backing music of folk-infused blues.

Each smoky stack of ribs will be priced at £15, running alongside The Blues Kitchen’s southern sides & appetizers menu. Guests can get a piece of the action by booking a table from 4pm until 10.30pm, Tuesday to Thursday, whilst customized ribs will also be served street food style at the bar every night for walk ins.

To book, email The Blues Kitchen Brixton at [email protected]. The Blues Kitchen Brixton is located at 40 Acre Lane, London SW2 5EP. Visit online at theblueskitchen.com or follow @theblueskitchen #thebigsmoke #TBK