The Obar, which will play host to a pop up smokehouse this following month.

The Obar, which will play host to a pop up smokehouse this following month.

A new pop-up dining experience is opening in Leicester this month. The pop-up smoke house at the Obar on Braunstone Gate will serve an array of unique southern state inspired smoked dishes and craft beers. It is only open for a limited time from the November 7th until December 8th.

The smokehouse was the brainchild of Chef Liam Watson, who created the unique menu. The pop-up smokehouse offers a variety of mouthwatering dishes not found anywhere else in Leicester. He said that the inspiration behind the menu was to take familiar summer barbeque favourites and give them a new twist. His favourite menu item? The special Saint Louis cut pork ribs. A surefire crowd favourite.

The chef and Obar bosses set out on a quest to bring the best possible unique dining experience to the people of Leicester. They spent days scouring London’s top southern food restaurants to research the recipes, interior and service for their smokehouse. They took the best bits of what they found in London, and brought them here to Leicester for us all to enjoy. The meat is cooked with special American smoker grill brought from the states. The chef says, “We will cook our meat over hickory and oak pellets, to build a balanced smokey flavour. This, together with our signature spicy rub and the long slow cooking process of up to 14 hours, creates the most tender, tastiest piece of meat you’ll ever eat.” This may sound like a pretty pricey affair, but everything on the menu actually costs under a tenner. All the main meat dishes are £9.50 and the veggie options are £8.50, plus the sides are all £5 and under.  Chef Liam says that he values serving quality food over making a large profit at the smokehouse.

I was able to sample a chicken burger with coleslaw straight from the smoker. It was absolutely delicious! The chicken was juicy and tender and the spices were flavourful without being overpowering. All the meat dishes on the menu, created by Chef Liam, take over a day to prepare before they are cooked and are seasoned with his unique dry spice rub which infuses the meat with more flavour. All the meat is locally sourced from farms in Melton and Birstall, traditionally reared and free range. This means that the animals have been farmed in an ethical, humane way and can roam around freely instead of spending their life in an enclosure. According to the chef, this improves the flavour, taste and texture of the meat.

Not keen on American barbeque? The restaurant also has oxtail dishes as well as vegetarian options. Exclusive, specialty Craft beers from London’s Camden Town brewery have been carefully handpicked to perfectly compliment the food. What can you expect when you come to the smokehouse? A relaxed casual atmosphere with friendly, knowledgeable staff. This is reflected in the modern contemporary interior- a casual space mixed with lavish more sophisticated elements.

It’s rare that you can find somewhere with good quality food and good prices. I will definitely stopping by the pop-up smokehouse at Obar before it closes. It’s only open for four weeks so get there before it’s gone! The Kitchen is open from 6pm-9:30pm Tuesday to Saturday and 1pm-7pm on Sunday Book now on 0116 255 8223 or email obar@orangetree.co.uk