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10 Places in Manila With Amazing Barbecued Ribs Under P500

Who says you can't have a decent barbecue on a budget?


 

(SPOT.ph) Meat lovers, raise your hands—whether it’s a sizzling hot steak or a juicy burger, there’s no denying the power of carnivorous cravings. Now, we’re putting slow-cooked pork barbecue ribs in the spotlight because who can resist a smoky rack of ribs? What’s better is we’ve found the best affordable spots in the Metro for cheapskates to get their fill of this sweet and tangy meaty dish.

 


 

Holy Smokes

Nestled in the hip neighborhood of Poblacion is Holy Smokes, a classic American grill known for their wallet-friendly barbecue dishes. When in doubt, go for their Smoked Pork Ribs (P200/100 grams) and pair it up with one of their filling sides like a creamy potato salad or spicy chili con carne. Their fall-off-the-bone ribs boast a kickass flavor that you can only get through slow cooking. 

 

Holy Smokes is at Matilde Street corner Jacobo Street, Poblacion, Makati City.

 


 

RACKS

If sweet pork ribs are what your tummy is hankering for, look no farther than this barbecue institution. Not only are their dishes good enough for sharing (their onion rings are huge), but RACKS’ ribs are flame-grilled to smoky perfection. To see what we mean, why not try the all-time favorite RACKS Classic Pork Ribs (P395/quarter rack)? The ribs are smoked for hours to achieve that fork-tender texture and distinct charred flavor we’ve all come to love over the years.

 

See a list of RACKS branches.

 


 

RUB

RUB lets you have your pork ribs marinated in a wet or dry rub, so you’ll definitely find something to hit that sweet spot whatever your mood is. Don’t leave without trying their signature pork ribs, the Riblets (P220/solo, P390/sharing), and pair them up with either of their lip-smacking sauces: Original, Spicy BBQ, or Pineapple BBQ. Raki’s BBQ Ribs Super Duo (P425) is also a bestseller, where you’ll get a huge platter of baby back ribs with two sides; this is the ideal order if you’re sharing with a friend.

 

See a list of RUB branches.

 


 

Big D’s Smokehouse

Big D’s Smokehouse, helmed by Chef Dino Pauloor Big D himselfis all about great-tasting Southern-style barbecue. Expect the spotlight to be on their classic barbecue pork ribs. Just one look at the Smoked Soft Bone Ribs (P260/solo, P398/duo) tells you every mouthful will be succulent and packed with robust flavor from the secret herbs and spices. Their generous side servings also make for a great bonus!

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Big D’s Smokehouse is at 2/F Citywalk 2, Eastwood, Libis, Quezon City.

 


 

The Smoking Joint

The Smoking Joint puts their own twist on their American-style dishes by using all-local ingredients that aim to please the Filipino palate. Their pork barbecue ribs are cooked fresh daily to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth. Sit back and enjoy their classic Smoked Ribs (P375/single) paired with your choice of sides for that complete Southern-barbecue experience.

 

The Smoking Joint is at 2285 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Magallanes, Makati City.

 


 

Big Daddy Jay’s

The chef behind Big Daddy Jay’s traveled to the U.S. just to ensure their Southern-style pork barbecue ribs are as real-tasting as they can get. Ready your appetites for their Original Smoked Pork Ribs (P180/solo, P450/half slab), cooked unhurriedly over a low flame in their custom-built smoker. There’s definitely no need to go to Texas or St. Louis anymore for your fill of traditional barbecue ribs.

 

Big Daddy Jay’s is at 61B, 17th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City.

 


 

Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse

Founded by four siblings with a fascination for smoky and meaty food, Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse offers a cure for those pesky hunger pangs. Just take a look at their extensive menu and you’ll see why. But they’re not a smokehouse for nothing; after all, they serve up some mean 10-hour-cooked Smoked Ribs (P360/half) with their signature sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce that’s best had with a Southern Potato Salad (P80) or Texas Dirty Rice (P65).

 

See a list of Fat Daddy’s Smokehouse branches.

 


 

Gringo

One of the best things about Gringo is you’ll find a branch wherever you are in Manila. Popular for their signature chicken and ribs, this Tex-Mex joint will satisfy your insatiable ribs cravings. The Gringo Baby Back Ribs (P325/half rack) is slathered with their signature sticky barbecue sauce and marinade, with every tender inch coated to make every bite a meat-tastic adventure.

 

See a list of Gringo branches.

 


 

Red Baron Ribs & Steaks

Whether it’s a mouthwatering steak or burger you want, Red Baron Ribs & Steaks doesn’t disappoint. And fortunately for rib lovers, their barbecue pork ribs also make an amazing treat to top off any occasion. Their sweet-tangy Smoked Baby Back Ribs (P295/solo) are charred and seasoned so well, you’ll be licking the plate clean when you’re done!

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See a list of Red Baron Ribs & Steaks branches.

 


 

Morganfield’s

Morganfield’s has two passions: Music and appetizing soul food. And one such soul food is their trademark Sticky Bones, slow-cooked over hickory wood to infuse all their ribs with that perfect smoky taste. They’ve got a wide range of rib variations to choose from, so take your pick from their Hickory BBQ Spare Ribs (P495), that’s basted with smokin’ hickory barbecue sauce, Inasal Pork Ribs (P495), marinated in a signature mix of herbs and spices to give it that uniquely Filipino flavor, or Smoked Peppercorn Spare Ribs (P495), a spicy peppery take on your favorite ribs.

 

See a list of Morganfield’s branches.

 

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