Great Iowa Smokehouse | To eat
“Kurobuta” or “black pig” is the wagyu of the pork world. Its high marbling score means flavorful pork that is more irresistibly juicy than its counterparts. This top-notch pork is rare to be found, even in the United States, where quantity is all about quality when it comes to smokehouses, and even rarer in Tokyo. This is where the new Big Iowa Smokehouse stands out from all the other barbecue smokehouse spots in the Japanese capital. Using only the highest quality kurobuta, or Berkshire pork, raised on small, family-owned Iowa farms, this is the first Iowa-focused restaurant in Tokyo and aims to be as authentic as possible from a barbecue experience in the United States.
American chefs in Big Iowa smoke fresh kurobuta every day in smokehouses imported from the United States and serve everything from rack of ribs to generous portions of pulled pork. Everything is coated with the dry smoker mix so you can savor the smoky flavor on its own or drizzle it with one of the four barbecue sauces brought to your table (ranging from Texan style to Kansas style).
With its prime location in Minato-ku, with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, Tokyo-based restaurant Mark Spencer originally planned to create a temporary barbecue during the Olympics. However, after a trip to Berkwood Farms and the Iowa State Fair, he was so impressed with the certified 100% pure heirloom Berkshire pork, the family business and the barbecue culture that he is on a mission to permanently bring a little Iowa to Tokyo. With help from the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and pork producers in Iowa, the restaurant is slated to open in June 2021.
While Iowa is sometimes eclipsed by its Midwestern neighbors when it comes to barbecue grills, it is the largest pork producer in the United States and its barbecue style is inspired by its neighboring state and king of grills, Kansas City. . Besides pork on Big Iowa’s menu, there’s also sausage and beef brisket as well as classic Iowa cornbread, macaroni and cheese, and Jalapeño corn. If all that authentic flavor isn’t enough for you and you know you’ll be craving more soon, grab a few packets of frozen sausage, bacon, and ham from the smoker’s fridge to take home.
Great Iowa BBQ
1F Aoba Roppongi Bldg.
3-16-33 Roppongi, Minato-ku