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Jun 4, 2009 10:54 AM

Toronto Area Barbecue

A friend of mine is writing an article for the Globe on the recent proliferation of barbecue in Toronto and has to do some 'research."

Where should he go?

And please no lectures about authenticity or real BBQ or that's not how they do it in Memphis or anything. He's just looking to have a range of plces to check out.


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  1. I'm going to watch this with baited breath, as this topic seems to be one of the leading causes of Tourette's on this board. Maybe check topics under Buster Rhino, Highway 61, and Stockyards.

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    1. re: Snarf

      If someone ever opens a BBQ/Poutine place this board would explode.

      I mentioned those ones to him. We're hitting up Stockyards tomorrow night. I'm just not sure if there are some other places that are infrequently mentioned I overlooked.

    2. Also check out ribfests.
      There is one in Pickering this FRi thru Sun. It's in the city centre, Esplanade Pk, by city Hall.

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          1. Off the top of my head, I would say, the full list is (in no particular order):

            Sweet Smoke in Oakville
            Memphis BBQ and Real Urban BBQ in Woodbridge
            Buster Rhino in Whitby
            Stockyards, Phils, Memphis on Yonge, Highway 61 in Toronto
            All the Ribfests around the GTA
            Barrie's Canadian BBQ Championship
            Camp 31 in Paris
            A bunch of places in Buffalo

            There are a lot of places around town offering pulled pork, most are not smoked.

            Cluck Grunt and Low went under not too long ago.

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            1. re: mikeb

              Just a quick note,

              The Canadian BBQ Championship in Barrie has formally been closed. This will probably never run again (too bad, we had tons of fun there too). The company that ran it is now running a Rib Fest in Toronto at the Beaches on Fathers Day weekend this year. And two more true BBQ competitions have started up. The Great Canadian Steak Cook off July 25th weekend and BBQ competition and another one in London Ontario in September.

              1. re: BusterRhino

                Thanks Mikeb and Buster. I appreciate the info.

                1. re: BusterRhino

                  Hey BR: by chance will you be queing at the Oshawa Ribfest in August?????

                  1. re: BusterRhino

                    I must thank BusterRhino for a great meal a couple of weeks ago. It completely blew my mind and was totally worth the drive. I was in the area already but would definitely drive for it. Everything was absolutely perfect! Please open another location downtown. I know there is probably a reason you havnt made the move already, But we are desperate down here!!! Every time I am in Whitby I will make sure I stop by. There is no comparison in Toronto when it comes to BBQ. Keep up the good work.

                    1. re: mlukan


                      Whitby sucks!

                      but the food is really good ;D

                      come to the west end and I'll be there all the time, lol.

                  2. re: mikeb

                    good list

                    add Lykn Chicken on Airport in Malton

                    1. re: mikeb

                      don't think this has been listed in the thread:

                      phil's original bbq
                      blue sage (mississauga)
                      southern rub smokehouse (vaughan)

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