Authentic American Barbecue in the urban jungle of Singapore

Qinthara Fasya | 8 November 2021

Smokehse by Essplore brings Authentic American Barbecue to you, anytime & anywhere

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Craving for some authentic American BBQ in the humble city of Singapore? Look no farther than Smokehse by Esseplore, which will transport you to a whole new world of BBQ from the comfort of your workplace or home.

Chef Jimmy Cheang, a great master of the grill, was dissatisfied with the outcomes of his barbeque, which he cooked over direct heat of charcoal (like most of us do) and found to be variable. He then looked for a way to boost the ante and discovered it in good ol’ American barbecue: the ideal barbecue, according to him, with a black, flavorful crust known as the Bark and tender meat that keeps its juiciness.

He joined foodtech platform Esseplore as a home cook after receiving wonderful reviews from friends and word of mouth, before being offered the position of Pitmaster at Smokehse, Esseplore’s newest endeavor. He discusses his quest for excellence in his passion for barbecuing, which carried him from Singapore to Kansas City, Missouri, in the United States.

The DigitalCFO Asia team had the opportunity to try out one of their popular set options – The Smokehse Beef Ribs Feast (6-course meal), and here’s our take on this Gourmet Food option.

Delivery & Presentation

Once the order has been made and confirmed on the website, we received a text message confirmation. You will also receive a confirmation message one day before the delivery, to confirm the delivery location and the delivery time. On the delivery day, Esseplore sends over a tracking link which allows us to track the delivery rider – and to prepare ourselves for the meal.

The delivery was made promptly and it was delivered in a very compact cardboard box. The food was packed neatly in the box, with our savoury ribs packed in a hot thermal bag. We didn’t eat the food right away when it arrived, yet the food was still warm when we started eating it. Delivery, packaging and freshness gets a 10/10 from us!

All the sauces are sealed well and labelled as well, so that there isn’t any confusion. The serving size is for 4 people, but it could easily satisfy at least 5-6 people.

What does the set include?

The set includes:

  • Signature BBQ Smoked Beef Ribs (raw weight: 2kg)
  • Soft Buns (8 pcs)
  • Coleslaw (250g)
  • Corn on the Cob (2 pcs)
  • Garden Salad (100g)
  • Smoked Pumpkin Soup (4 x 250ml)

The Smoked Beef Ribs are juicy and tender, and they melt in your tongue, according to the team. It is in between medium and well-done, but definitely more towards the medium end. The barbecue sauce goes great with the ribs, adding to the flavour and the smokiness of this savoury dish.

The team enjoyed all of the side dishes as it really complemented the ribs that went along with it – but would have preferred if there was an option for us to choose different soups.

Overall, the The Smokehse Beef Ribs Feast is a good set to enjoy with your colleagues be it in the office (when the measures are lifted) or when you’re working from home. The reliable delivery time would also reduce the anxiety if you were to order this for a virtual event for example.

Smokehse is looking to expand their menu and offerings, and hope to look into exploring with more dishes in the near future. With the holiday season ringing in, Smokehse is currently having a promotion on their Christmas BBQ Feast (8-course feast) that is perfect for families of 6pax, currently going at S$348 (U.P. S$408).