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The Big Smoke Barbecue - Oakville

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Has anyone been to this bbq place:

http://www.thebigsmokebbq.com/

It is a real bbq place on Lakeshore in Bronte.

The menu looks good and apparently they have a Sunday brunch

Can't wait to try it.

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  1. Very nice, good find!

    I'm going today, I actually have something I need to do in the Trafalger road area so I'll just head southbound when I'm done. Anyone else want to meet up there?

    I'll be reporting back

    thanks for the post!

    1. Great, BBQ is like kryptonite to me, now I have to go to Oakville this weekend.

      Thanks a lot! ;-)

      Seriously, if this place is good, then the GTA is starting to build a decent assortment of competent BBQ places: Buster Rhinos, The Stockyards, Sweetsmoke, Lou Dawgs, etc.

      Nice to see, it wasn't long ago people were lamenting the absence of this. Seems like the normal habit of the GTA to take good simple food and try and put some sort of metropolitan upscale spin on it (see the burger bar craze), thus completely screwing it may be having no effect here. BBQ is hopefully, trend-proof.

      1. I was going to post about this place a week ago as I drove by it and it caught my attention. Glad you actually did post it though! The only hesitation I have about trying it is that I think the previous restaurant was called "Mixed Grill" and it got horrible reviews. I am not sure if this new spot is related at all to the old one. Looking forward to Duckdown's review as I work less than 10 minutes away from there.

        Sweet Smoke is pretty close to this new place too so for those out of towners, you could try to double up

        I just checked the menu on their website... Looks good! Prices might be a bit high if it is $9 for a pulled pork sandwich.

        Says they have a "Southern Pride" smoker which is usually a good sign that they are serious.

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        1. re: ylsf

          It's odd that they claim to use U.S.A. logs when they say they promote the use of local products. Could they be using imported chips, in an electric smoker? I'm sure DD will report on the smoke ring!

          1. re: ylsf

            No they are not at all affiliated with Mixed Grill.

            The Man and I hit up there after moving last month. It was DELISH!! I actually preffered it to Stockyards. The pork was nice and smoky, The ribs totally fell off the bone, delish! The chicken was perfectly cooked but not very smoky. Sides were awesome. We got 2 of the bbq for 2 deal so we tried all the sides (minus the fries as we were taking it away) The mac n cheese was and sweet potatoes were my fav!

            I really reccomend this place!!!

          2. I like the jazz on their website. Will check this place out. Thanks for the tip all :)

            1. Forget this place, they committed my #1 pet peeve.

              Today me and a friend headed all the way down there from Brampton, because the jackasses wrote on their website "Open Sunday!" and "Open for Sunday Brunch!"

              So as well pull up to the place, they have a big sign outside the restaurant even exclaiming "YES! We're open Sunday! Brunch from 12PM-2:30PM". We were there before 2PM. Not a car in sight, total ghost town. All lights are off, no note on the door, nothing.

              NOTHING that pisses me off more than restaurants that just "make up the hours as they go"

              If you say youre open Sundays, then BE OPEN.

              I'm never going back to this idiotic place unless someone says they've got the best BBQ in Ontario, because theres no shortage of other BBQ places that actually keep regular hours.

              Morons.

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              1. re: duckdown

                Oh man, that sucks about the hours and driving in from Brampton. I was waiting for your review to check it out myself but I guess I will head down one day this week at least for take out during lunch.

                Saw this review on their facebook site :

                "as born and raised in Lubbock Texas, so I know BBQ pretty well - and this is the REAL thing. The brisket is better than Sonny's in Dallas (way better) and so is the sauce. We'll be going back soon to try the pulled pork and ribs. Great atmosphere, great service and authentic southern BBQ - where's the 6 star rating when you really need one!?!"

                Looks like BBQ might be the new craze, a lot of new places opening up it seems..

                1. re: ylsf

                  Sounds highly suspect, every time I see a comment somewhere like "I'm from the south and this is better!!" or "I've had the best in (whereever) and this place is way better!!" it doesn't exactly instill tons of confidence.. usually it makes me think they know somebody there, or so on..

                  You're right about BBQ places sprouting up; I tried Blue Sage in Mississauga recently and was pretty disappointed with their ribs. I'm passing on this Big Smoke place until there are some other reviews.. This new "Smokin' Bones" downtown Toronto sounds interesting, but theres not gonna be any parking so I doubt I'll get there anytime soon

                  cheers

                  1. re: duckdown

                    Hey Duck.

                    Mrs. Sippi wants to try this place but we head down yonder on Friday. Gonna get the good stuff there. We'll give it a go in the new year.

                    DT

                    1. re: Davwud

                      Sounds good man, definitely keep me posted.

                      Have fun down south, I'm sure it will be a blast

                      Merry Christmas!

                2. re: duckdown

                  they will claim they sold out the night before. Blech ! We tried 3x to dine before we found them open.
                  And I wasnt impressed! I wont return!