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YYC - Where to find good BBQ ribs?

I need some BBQ suggestions. I'm a 8 months pregnant and have been craving pulled pork and bbq ribs for too long. I had some amazing short ribs at Brava last week but was hoping for some good suggestions in Calgary.

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  1. Holy Smoke - $1 per bone.
    Big T's

    Off the top of my head.

    1. I definitely second Holy Smoke. Best bbq ribs I've had in Calgary.

      1. +3 for Holy smoke....their pulled pork is amazing. Would not recommend Palomino or Big T's

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        1. re: Doc1200

          The ribs are the item to repeat at Holy Smokes.

          Big T's is ok once in a while for the meat platter, it's got ribs.

          Oddly enough I have had good ribs at Montana's cook house of all places. I don't know it may have been an accident.

          1. re: The Gut

            Thanks everyone! I'm off to holy smoke today to try it out.

            1. re: The Gut

              Montana's ribs have gotten far better recently. I don't think they're smoked though.

              1. re: Shazam

                I can't speak to the quality of Montana's ribs, but I do know a guy who used to run a Montana's here. He wound up with a commercial-grade smoker in his garage. Apparently, it was a spare that they just forgot about when he left.

                1. re: Leibowitz

                  Hmm, never tasted smoked to me. Their texture is also not consistent with smoked ribs I make or have had elsewhere.

                  1. re: Leibowitz

                    I actually used to like Tony Romas ribs (circa 1990...) before I knew any better! I was introduced to the true blue smoked in Tennessee a few years back...no turning back!!

                    Any idea what ever became of said commercial smoker?

                    1. re: Leibowitz

                      any idea if said commercial-grade smoker might be up for grabs?

                        1. re: Eat Yokel

                          There are a number of electric smokers available that do an excellent job. I have a Masterbilt that I love. There's also the Bradley brand and a few others.

                          1. re: Eat Yokel

                            No idea. Sorry. Haven't seen him in some time.

                  2. it's not a regular item but Taste gave us some ribs that were left over from a private party the previous night....yum!!!! sooo goood!!

                    I'll work on getting them to put them on the menu!!

                    1. Thanks for the recommendation. I loved Holy Smoke pulled pork sandwiches. The ribs were good but I'm more of a sauce rib person than rub. Great place and find! I'll definitely be back.

                        1. re: nanuk

                          Another vote for Holy Smoke. Great guys and great food including all of the traditional BBQ sides. Pulled pork is awesome here. So is the Manwich, which is pulled pork, brisket, slaw and pickles if I'm not mistaken.

                          The ribs are good. They're smoked with a rub for sure. Not saucy (you choose your own from about 20). I prefer a bit more of a bark and a little more seasoning but I have a feeling they make them a bit neutral on purpose so that people can doctor them up to their liking. Can't beat the prices here.

                          I still have to try the texas chilli, the brunswick stew and the pecan pie.....

                          1. re: johnjohnson78

                            More love for Holy Smoke... especially their Manwich. But since we are on the topic of ribs... their ribs are a $1 a bone and I love how you can mix and match various sauces. They have this mustard-based South Carolina BBQ sauce that is fantastic. Finish the meal off with their chocolate chip banana bread loafs and all is good in the world.

                            1. re: DeeDub

                              Have to agree with you Deedub.....the Carolina mustard sauce is amazing. For those of you who like it spicy, I highly recommend adding a touch of habanero "danger" sauce to the Carolina. Really makes it sing! Gotta go back this week....