The Curious Squire, North Adelaide

The Curious Squire has recently launched their new Southern American inspired menu just in time for the cooler months. I was invited to their ‘Eat & Tweet‘ event to sample the deliciousness on offer!

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Gertrude the Yoder smoker
Image courtesy of a Girl About Town and The Curious Squire

Newly appointed Head Chef and ‘Pitmaster’ Drew Akin from Birmingham, Alabama brings a wealth of experience and expertise to The Curious Squire having launched a number of restaurants in the United States and Australia that specialise in the traditional Southern American BBQ, Cajun and Soul food styles of cooking. With the pièce de résistance of the Yoder smoker making its home in the courtyard of The Curious Squire grounds, Drew Akin says, “Using traditional curing and smoking methods, the big Yoder smoker adds supreme flavour to meats with unquestionable tenderness, enabling us to create tantalising dishes such as juicy pulled pork shoulder, smoked chicken in Alabama white Bar-B-Q sauce, smoked Texas beef brisket and Bar-B-Q spare ribs.

No doubt, we were in for a feast!

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I can almost smell the smoke!
Image courtesy of a Girl About Town and The Curious Squire

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F&B manager Damian Williams making a casual speech to kick off the night

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Dip trio: spinach & artichoke, queso, tomato salsa with corn chips

We started off with crispy corn chips with a selection of dips; the popular two dips for the evening was the queso (chilli and cheese) and surprisingly the spinach and artichoke – but c’mon, that melted cheesy crust was going to make that dip a firm favourite from the get go!

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Buffalo wings with ranch

Time to get them fingers and hands dirty with some tangy and slightly spicy buffalo wings with some ranch to tone down the sharp flavours.

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Cheese fries: queso, pepper jack, bacon, sour cream and chives

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One half of the food bloggers and media peeps

Sliders time!

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Smoked chicken sliders

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Behind the scenes

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Pulled pork sliders

The smoked chicken sliders were enjoyable with a generous mound of smoked chicken pieces between a soft bun and Alabama white bbq sauce. The pulled pork sliders were also well received with tender melt in the mouth 18 hour smoked pulled pork pieces paired with house made bbq sauce and pickles.

Onto the messy but yummy goodness for the night. Ribs!

We all got bibbed up for my the hero dish of the night.

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Alabama-style pork spare ribs

Mmmm! These ribs were different to the ribs I usually order and look out for. These were not melt-off-the-bone kinda ribs, but instead, as we were informed by Drew, ribs are supposed to remain intact with the bone and required a little effort to pull the meat off the bone.

That’s how it’s done in the South“.

Well there you go! These were delicious! The smokiness in the meat was fragrant and bbq-ey, the meat was succulent, juicy and tender but still held its textural form and the sauce just enhanced the flavours more. (Make sure you wear them bibs! It got a little bit messy for some whilst tackling these).

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Cheddar and chives biscuits

To go with our ribs, we had sides of cheddar and chives biscuits, coleslaw, smoked baked beans, candied sweet potato (these were a hit on our table!) and collard greens. We were so spoilt for the evening!

We ended off on a sweet note.

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Peanut butter pie

Do you love peanut butter? Then this would have your name written all over it. The pie was not too sweet, the texture smooth and fudge-y; the perfect dessert to end an all American feast.

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Drew Akin, Head Chef & Pitmaster

The recipes for the dishes on offer at The Curious Squire have been handed down from generations in Drew’s home state of Alabama and he’s putting them on show for diners. Other favourites on the menu include: mozzarella sticks, burgers, onion rings and fried oreos; and another addition to the menu is the Canadian poutine (crispy fries topped with a beef gravy and authentic cheese curds). Vegetarians and vegans are also well catered for with lighter and healthier choices like their gourmet veggie burger and a variety of salads.

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Image courtesy of a Girl About Town and The Curious Squire

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The Curious Squire
10 O’Connell Street
North Adelaide SA 5006
P 08 8267 6835

Opening hours
Mon Closed
Tue 12pm-11pm
Wed-Thu 12pm-12am
Fri-Sat 12pm-2am
Sun 12pm-11pm

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