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About Us

American Low and Slow , Authentically Kiwi

Welcome to Bareknuckle BBQ, your ultimate destination for authentic low and slow American BBQ right here in the heart of Hawkes Bay!

At Bareknuckle BBQ, we're passionate about bringing the flavors of traditional American barbecue to the beautiful shores of Aotearoa. Our journey began with a love for the art of slow cooking and smoking meats, and we've dedicated ourselves to perfecting the craft to bring you an unforgettable dining experience.

Our commitment to quality starts with the finest ingredients. We source locally whenever possible, working closely with suppliers and producers to ensure the freshest, highest quality meats and produce make their way to your plate. From prime cuts of beef and pork to chicken, every bite at Bareknuckle BBQ is a testament to our dedication to excellence.

But it's not just about the ingredients – it's about the process. Our pitmaster Jimmy has honed his skills over years of experience, mastering the delicate balance of smoke, time, and temperature to create tender, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth barbecue that's bursting with flavor. Whether it's our mouthwatering brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs, or our signature smoked beef cheek, you can taste the passion and expertise in every bite.

But Bareknuckle BBQ is also more than just a restaurant – it's a place where friends and family come together to share good food, good drinks, and good times. Our laid-back atmosphere and friendly staff make you feel right at home from the moment you walk through the door. So whether you're celebrating a special occasion, catching up with old friends, or just craving some damn good barbecue, Bareknuckle BBQ is the place to be.

So come on down and join us for an unforgettable BBQ journey.


Sit back, relax, and let us take you on a flavor-filled adventure that's sure to leave you coming back for more.


We can't wait to see you at The Knuckle Yard.


Our Story


 Bareknuckle BBQ.
Where Heartfelt Hospitality Meets Smokey Perfection

Step into the world of Bareknuckle BBQ, a haven where the tantalizing aroma of slow-cooked meats mingles with the warm hospitality of Vanessa and Jamie, a dynamic m couple with a shared passion for bringing people together through the art of barbecue.

Vanessa, a former teacher known for her nurturing spirit and exceptional people skills, found herself yearning for a new adventure outside the confines of the classroom. Her love for connecting with others and creating welcoming spaces led her to the doors of Bareknuckle BBQ, where she now runs the front of house with grace, charm, and a knack for making every guest feel like family.

Jamie's journey to pitmaster status began in his own backyard, where he first discovered the magic of slow and low cooking. Experimenting with different wood chips, rubs, and cooking techniques, Jamie's passion for barbecue grew from a hobby to a full-fledged obsession. His dedication to mastering the craft of smoking and grilling eventually earned him a reputation as a pitmaster among friends and family.

When Vanessa and Jamie discovered their shared dream of owning a BBQ restaurant, Bareknuckle BBQ was born. Their restaurant exudes an inviting charm that draws in locals and visitors alike with promises of mouthwatering flavors and genuine hospitality.

As you enter Bareknuckle BBQ, you'll be greeted by Vanessa's warm smile and Jamie's hearty welcome, setting the stage for a dining experience that goes beyond just great food. The menu boasts a tantalizing selection of slow-cooked meats, from succulent brisket and smoky ribs to tender pulled pork and spicy sausages, all crafted with Jamie's expert touch and dedication to perfection.

Together, Vanessa and Jamie have created a space where guests can savor the rich flavors of barbecue while basking in the welcoming atmosphere that defines Bareknuckle BBQ. Whether you're a BBQ enthusiast looking for your next fix or a curious newcomer eager to explore the world of smoked meats, Vanessa and Jamie invite you to join them on a culinary journey filled with warmth, flavor, and the simple joys of good food shared with good company.

Experience the magic of Bareknuckle BBQ, where every dish is infused with passion, every guest is treated like a friend, and every visit is an invitation to savor the best of slow-cooked barbecue in the heart of a community that feels like home.

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