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Review: Memphis BBQ in Woodbridge

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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

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  1. Thanks for the info! Do they do pulled pork!!!!??(PLEASE say yes,,,)

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    1. re: mailgirl

      Absolutely! and also Wings!

    2. 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.

      1. 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.


        1. 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.


          1. 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

            1. I like the ribs at Memphis in Woodbridge. They are worth the drive. I tried them at the CNE a few years ago, and made the long drive out to Woodbridge to have them again. The choices for great ribs are slim in Toronto, but this little hole in the wall restaurant knows how to make really good ribs. Not a big fan of the cornbread, but I've never really liked cornbread in the first place so it's not my place to rate it. The coleslaw is pretty good, maybe a little bit too much mayo, but otherwise it tastes ok. The fries are good, the service is ok, pretty laidback, a family run type of operation. I only wish there was a rib place closer than Woodbridge. Will make the long car trip again.

              Memphis BBQ
              8074 Islington Ave, Woodbridge, ON L4L1W5, CA

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              1. re: lostintdot

                they're ok.. only worth going on Monday nights for their take-out deal IMO... full rack + lb of wings + large fries or salad for $25...

                their fries arent good... frozen AND battered...losing combo.. cornbread is always stale. stick to the proteins.

                1. re: duckdown

                  I agree duckdown, their sides suck! However the smoked chicken wings are excellent and the ribs are pretty good, even if there is no smoke ring evident. I am a Stockyards convert though, it's in my 'hood and now I don't have to trek out to Whitby to taste real BBQ.

                  1. re: bogie

                    yea, the smoked wings can be OK but it's disappointing if you've ever seen him prepare them

                    they come out of a ziploc bag, pre-portioned, from the ice box. then he reheats them on the grill and slathers a bit of sauce on them.. can't get them semi-freshly made anymore it seems :( they're all pre-cooked off and refrigerated

                    Stockyards sounded good but the time I went they were out of half of their menu. No ribs, no pastrami, no fried chicken.. bummer


                    1. re: duckdown

                      You have to go Stockyards right at 5pm when they open, that's how you get the good stuff.

                      It is absolutely amazing how quickly they sell out, a couple of Sundays ago my wife and I watched as they got rid of 60 full racks in the first 20 minutes!!!

                      1. re: bogie

                        Wow, that is unreal... 60 racks? Business must be booming for them

                        I will add this to my list of places to return -- I hear their burgers are top notch too. Fresh ground beef, and cooked old-school on a flat-top, not on a grill.. I saw them selling lots of them on my visit there and regretted not buying one