Celebrate the last days of summer at DJ Seth Troxler’s pop-up BBQ joint Smokey Tails in Hackney Wick
Smokey Tails is the new restaurant venture from international superstar DJ Seth Troxler and fellow club world impresarios Benny Pound and Ryan Crosson. You might think that dance music’s relationship with food doesn’t stretch much further than dodgy kebabs at 3am, but Troxler insists that DJs love dining out. ‘Food and a culture of celebration go hand-in-hand generally,’ he told Time Out recently. ‘You know if you like to enjoy yourself, and you like to go out dancing, you probably also like to go out and have a nice dinner with your friends.’
The ace up Troxler’s sleeve is his family’s secret recipe barbecue sauce, which is liberally slathered over several different types of meat at the restaurant in Hackney Wick. In a pop-up location by the canal you can sample wings, enormous ribs and pulled pork brioche with red cabbage, all served up with super fresh sides like new potatoes with mint and tangy tomato salads.
The food’s delicious, and the venue is more than just a few shipping containers and benches – there’s a DJ set-up, ready to welcome some big-name guests dropping in for surprise sets. It’s also one of the coolest places to be in east London right now – and that’s saying something. The clientele is almost entirely bright young things, drinking the imported beers, and chilling out by the riverside.
Whether you fall into the above demographic or not, it’s worth checking Smokey Tails out for the chance to see a celebrity business done the right way (and not the wrong way). As Seth says, the secret to good barbecue is really no secret at all: ‘Slow and low – it’s easy. Add in some beer, maybe good friends. Try to keep it really relaxed as much as possible.’