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Jan 26, 2009 02:35 PM

Southern Rub Smokehouse

Went to a new place last night that's just opened up this month. It's at 4555 Highway 7, Unit B1in Vaughan. Hubby had a combo of pulled pork and ribs and I had the ribs. You get 2 side orders with your meal, so I had the beans and mac and cheese, both delicious, and hubby had coleslaw and Aunt Phee's potatoes, which are like scalloped potatoes, but cubed instead of sliced.

The ribs were St. Louis cut pork side ribs that are rubbed with some spices, and then smoked "low and slow" according to their advertisement. They also have a variety of salads and chili. We also had delicious starters with the Savannah Skins, which were potato skins that were stuffed with pulled pork. We also had the hush puppies with a marvelous orange marmelade sauce for dipping. Yum.

I'd definitley go back. The service was quite good with Nick being not only our waiter, but also half owner with the chef Jim. Nick was very knowledgeable and made sure that we enjoyed our meal and kept our drinks flowing.

We will definitely be going back. Their website is not up and running yet, but for future reference, it's Their phone number is 905-264-1300.


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  1. Meant to also say that they also have their own bbq sauces which were quite tasty. They also have a nice mustard bbq sauce which is quite tasty.

    1. Sounds great -- any idea what a full rack with the 2 sides costs?


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      1. re: duckdown

        I do. Nick gave me the brochure, and a full rack costs $22.99, 1/2 rack is $13.99 and a 1/4 rack is $8.99.

        1. re: maryfran

          ah, quite pricey, especially for side ribs

          thanks :)

          1. re: duckdown

            Not really duck. A full rack at our favourite place "Down yonder" is $18.95 and that's in a place that's not overly expensive to live. So it seems to be pretty much in line. Remember, there's a lot of overhead in those ribs.


            1. re: Davwud

              Well it's more than ribfest prices, thats usually what I gauge "expensive" as

              Maybe I was wrong, I often do my own racks and side ribs aren't very expensive normally

              I am a sucker for mac & cheese though, think I will give this place a shot.

              1. re: duckdown

                I'm gonna see if I can talk Mrs. Sippi into going there for lunch on Saturday.

                Maryfran, do you know what the hours are??


                1. re: Davwud

                  Sorry don't have the hours in front of me. You can call

                2. re: duckdown

                  keep in mind that you're not just paying for a raw piece of meat. You've gotta pay for all the seasonings, the staff, the labour of preparing a rib, rent etc etc etc.

                  It'd be nice to get prepared ribs for $4.99/lb but I realize these people have to eat too! :D

                  1. re: duckdown

                    I'm with duckdown on this one. There is a substantial price spread between side and baby back ribs as a raw ingredient, and some places may try to fleece the public by using the cheaper meat with lots of spicing and sauce. Usually they succeed, for awhile.

                    1. re: jayt90

                      Okay, how 'bout a more apples to apples comparison. Baton Rouge. 16oz. (that can't be a full rack) is $23.95.
                      Side ribs are better for BBQ than back are. IMHO they're just plain better period.


                3. re: duckdown

                  This is the menu of the BBQ place I like to go to in Buffalo:


                  Southern Rub isn't charging that much more, about $4 more for a full rack. It'd cost you that much in fuel to drive to Kentucky Greg's and back. Never been to SR so I can't comment on the quality compared to KG.

                4. re: maryfran

                  Can you confirm how much a Pulled Pork Sandwich is at the Southern Rub Smokehouse?

              2. Likely a very unfortunate website url, but if the food is great, it would be fairly interesting. I'll wait to see some of the other reviews, but it's kind of depressing that most of these places are such a long drive for me :-(

                1. Oh no, are going down this road again??

                  I hope, nay pray that this place is TO's answer to the sucking void of great southern BBQ. Far too often these places talk a good game but fail to deliver.

                  I may have to give this place a shot this weekend.


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                  1. re: Davwud

                    A pulled pork sandwich is $8.99 for a small and $12.99 for a large. Description reads "Slow smoked pork sholder, rubbed with our red rub secret blend of spices". The side of mac and cheese I had was fairly substantial and while the ribs were not huge on meat, they were still very tasty. The only other thing I noticed was that the place didn't have that huge wood smell like Phil's does.

                    My appy of hush puppies came with, I believe 6 and the savannah skins had 4. They were good because they were on the different side with the pulled pork in them.

                    Service was good and prompt. The only other table occupied was about 8 men with their hockey pool.

                    I guess all you can do is give it a try. Same as I did with the Brick BBQ Yard and that had to be, without a doubt, the absolute worst ribs I have ever had.

                    1. re: maryfran

                      Holy Crap thats expensive for a sandwich...better be rubbed with gold for those prices.

                      1. re: maryfran

                        I have to agree, Brick BBQ Yard's ribs sucked!!

                    2. Maryfran,
                      Do they offer cornbread and traditional Southern desserts?

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                      1. re: sugarcube

                        They bake the cornbread on site and it has a nice sweetness to it. It wasn't dry like some of the cornbreads I've had. Desserts are listed as Pecan Pie, Peach Cobbler and Apple Crumble for $3.99 a slice. It's described as below:

                        "All of our sweet dishes are baked in house using only fresh ingredients. Our recipes come from many grandmas throughout the southern states. We've priced them all the same to make your choice a bit easier".

                        I can't say anything about the desserts because I didn't have any.

                        1. re: maryfran

                          Thanks for this Maryfran. I adore a proper cornbread and must always finish a meal with dessert :D So I'm glad to know that they make theirs in house.