Review: Memphis BBQ in Woodbridge
There is a new bbq place in Woodbridge. The sign says that they have smoked ribs. I have been to Memphis TN and other places in the South but have yet to find anything here that comes close.
Upon entering, I find that they have a fairly small menu and a small eating area. One of the owners says that he used to be an owner of the Purple Pig restaraunts. The other owner says he was food director of the Pickel Barrel chains.
The Purple Pig owner says the ribs here are different in that he uses side ribs rather than back and he smokes them more than he used to at his previous restaraunt.
I ordered the 9 bones dinner. They take pre rubbed and smoked ribs out and put then on the grill. They then mop on some sauce and cook till done.
The ribs I feel are better than Camp 31 but not quite as good as the best I have had in Memphis, such as Interstate BBQ or Rondezvous. The meat was leaner than usual and well cooked, perhaps a bit too much. The smoking didn't leave any redness in the meat, so i guess it's more of a hot smoke rather than a cooler smoke. They said that they use hickory wood and smoke for 4 hours.
The sides include (in my opionion)awful creamy coleslaw, homemade but bit dry, nonetheless tasty cornbread and not too spicey homemade baked beans.
IMHO this is one of the better rib places around the GTA and I would make the trip from Richmond Hill again.
All of you authentic smokehouse experts, I would love to know what you think of this place.
8074 Islington Ave, Woodbridge 905-265-9003
I read your posting this morning, and since I work at 7 & Langstaff, I knew exactly where I would be going for lunch today.
I ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich for takeout(I am always on the look out for PPS in T.O.) and IMO it is the best pulled pork that I have had in the GTA. It was not dry, nor was it oversauced. It was fantastic! Is is better than PP from the Southern States? Unfortunately no, but it comes very close and definitely fills the void.
Now for the bad stuff. I agree with you on the coleslaw, the smell reminded me of that neon pastel green concoction they sell at KFC. I tasted it, and immediately threw it out...AWFUL. I tried the beans and was not impressed. The fries that came with the sandwich...some kind of premade spice stuff...edible, but not much to write home about.
And finally, the cornbread...I was very disappointed because I do enjoy a good cornbread, and this was anything but. It was incredibly dry!! One small bite sucked all the moisture from inside my mouth.
However, all these bad things aside, I will be returning..the pulled pork is SOOOO GOOOD!! I can handle the bad side dishes just to get to it.
Try Phil's on College a couple doors west of Ossington on the north side. The genuine article. I should know, I married a very discerning southerner.
BTW, if you ever get near a Dreamland in the south, go in. Best ribs anywhere.
If you like ribs, you might want to check out the various ribfests around the GTA held by Rotary groups. They usually have a few ribbers who I think tour around the country with their special sauce concoctions - there's usually a competition between the ribbers and you can vote on the best ribs, sauce, people's choice, etc. I think there is one in Etobicoke this weekend (Canada Day weekend) and another one in Markham the weekend after. I went to the one in Markham last year and had the best ribs of my life. There were bands too.
Just tried this place
Ribs were awesome.. nice smokey flavour, better than anything i've had at a ribfest.
Pulled pork also good.. not oversauced