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Jun 30, 2007 10:26 PM

Toronto Ribfest

Any one been yet?? I plan to go tomorrow, and I'm looking for some advice....which vendor has good, or not so good ribs etc. Also, the best beans and corn bread!

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  1. Have been twice (can walk over), Had Camp 31 ribs which were good early Fri. evening and even better Sat. The beans were kind of so-so mushy from a can I was not familiar with and the cole slaw loaded down with way too much mayo. Bring your own is my suggestion and exactly what we did on the second trip. Think this year is the first for "sweet potato fries" which are kind of different, but the line-up was huge and at $7 per order a bit on the pricey side. Pleasant taste experience though. The roasted corn always smells so good, did not find it exceptional this time as it was in 2005. Biggest and best roasted corn I can remember having.......guy said it was brought up from Atlanta area. The cobs this time looked about the same as we get locally early in the season. All in all it was a favourable experience even though much of it overpriced. It is a charitable event so I don't mind so much as long as the profits are spent wisely. Some new vendors there this time, always get a laugh at the sayings at those T-shirt joints.

    1. Went yesterday. Tried 4 kinds of ribs (there were lots of us...), camp 31, KC smokehouse, Gator BBQ and Jack Daniel's roadhouse. Our favorite ribs were from Gator BBQ, very tender and smoky. Consensus was the best sauce was the spicy jack daniel's but their ribs were a bit tough and not as flavorful. Pulled pork from Gator BBQ was also very good but we found the sauce to be too sweet for our tastes.

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      1. re: h2o

        We're regulars, attending every year. Camp31 is the most consistently good smoker of ribs - but the pulled pork at all of the stands is generally forgettable. Love the fresh-cut fries and a freshly-squeezed lemonade is refreshing and nice to cut through the pork and BBQ sauce.
        Often some fun live music like Downchild Blues (some bad, too :-)
        It's a little pricey, but Rotary does great work, the atmosphere is very "county-fair" and there are precious few places in Toronto where you can get REAL BBQ that's cooked over actual smoke, long and slow til the ribs get yender and oh-so-flavourful.
        (As opposed to the soggy steamed then grilled ribs many Torontonians seem fine with).
        Go, have a good time, and enjoy a rack at Camp31 for me :-)

      2. Does anyone there have beef ribs and, if so, are they any good?

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        1. re: embee

          embee, beef ribs for 5 hours on your new smoker = delicious! I buy my beef rib racks at Nortown.

        2. Does anyone know if it will still be on tomorrow (Monday)?

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          1. re: Tara9000


            you can find all the info on there. it's open until july 2nd. starts at 11am daily.
            i want to check it out today!

          2. Went on Saturday and got pork ribs from 4 places also: Blazing BBQ (well cooked, sauce leaning on the sweet side which I like and they have beef ribs so we'll try those tomorrow when we go back), Camp 31 (very good as usual, perfectly cooked with the most cheerful service staff, too bad they never bring their delicious cornbread-guess I need to go back to Paris ON for that), Jack Daniel's (tasty sauce but not cooked long enough so the meat was chewy) and Bad Wolf (only place of the 4 with cornbread which was decent with ribs that had a nice smoky flavour). Hopefully we'll get to sample the other 4 places tomorrow if the lineups aren't too long.

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            1. re: fickle

              No luck with the beef ribs, they were sold out by the time I got there. Instead we had another order of the pork ribs from Blazing (just as good as Saturday's batch), Gator (nice smoky flavour), Silver Bullet (too sweet and dried out) and Billy Bones (well cooked but missing in flavour). The lineup for the blooming onion was too long so we gave up, which probably worked out in our favour since czthemmnt's was undercooked! We ended up getting 4 bags of Tiny Tom's donuts instead, one in each flavour. The apple cinnamon was our favourite, the icing sugar next, then cinnamon sugar. The chocolate was downright gross. Might have helped if it was real chocolate instead of hot chocolate mix. Ugghh.