SMOKIN COLE BBQ started by sheer accident & being at the right place at the right time with a passion for all things BBQ. An idea born from a trip across America on my Harley 2 years earlier riding across 14 states in 4 months solo to investigate the origins & flavours of the different BBQ there.
I'd been away in the Pacific & Indian Oceans working for a year or so on a yacht as chef since my last visit to NZ. I came back for a holiday that turned into a permanent stay after being relieved of my position via email (but that's another story). I was setting up my personal chef business when I met Jarrad & Belinda,(Puha & Pakeha) who were looking for a chef to help with their food caravan. They had the site that is now SMOKIN COLE BBQ. It was a site unused other than as a prep kitchen & I immediately saw an opportunity for a pop up of some sort or another. A couple of days later I was having a wander around the Viaduct & bumped into Alisdair of Fireworks BBQ & he told me they'd sold up. Long story short the Mammoth Octo Pit was still at the old site, so I bought it, transported it to the site & here it sat for next few months.
Whilst I decided where I was heading with this idea, I did another yacht delivery from Auckland to Indonesia.nothing like a month at sea to get the mind ticking over with possibilities! I got back in mid October & I set to work with a lot of help from friends old & new to create my version of a relaxed BBQ Joint here in the inner city suburb of Grey Lynn. Six weeks later I opened SMOKIN COLE BBQ on December 1st 2019.
This is how it began the rest of the story is still being written...
WE ARE OPEN WED THRU TO SUN 12PM TIL LATE!