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The Memphis Fire BBQ Company is a relatively new restaurant in the Stoneycreek area. We went last night after receiving a recommendation and really enjoyed it. Had pulled pork sandwiches, brisket and smoked chicken wings. Everything was tasty, service prompt and friendly and the prizes very reasonable. 1 appetizer, 2 meals and 3 beers was less than $50. Will be going back soon.

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Memphis Fire Barbeque Company
1091 Hwy 8, Hamilton, ON L8E 5H8, CA

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  1. Thanks for the review, just a quick note to let you know that at least one person has added it to their "to check out" list :)

    1. So 3+ Months later I finally made it out. WOW! I am surprised there isn't more talk about this place. After parking and seeing the big smoker out back, the big pile of wood, and smelling the awesome smokiness I couldn't wait to eat. The place was busy even on a Wednesday night.

      My friend pre-ordered an order of fried chicken with our reservation (i.e. to hold one) as it is a popular dish. It was done differently than I had ever had before. All breast meat. Very tasty. We shared an order of that along with an order or the Brisket Plate. The Brisket was awesome. For me it was up there with Buster Rhinos. It was cut thicker though but so flavourful. They had a great "mustard" type sauce for it on the side too.

      For sides both came with an apple slaw, fried chicken came with a biscuit and we got a side salad and mac and cheese. The Mac and Cheese was one of the better ones I have had.

      So, overall I highly recommend it. Price wise, both main dishes with included sides were $15.99 each. The friend chicken could have been enough for a meal in itself shared amongst two people. Oh, and my friend sent me home with a slice of Pecan pie which was also pretty tasty.

      There are some "pick your own" fruit places around that area (saw signs for cherry picking) and some farmers stalls too. I highly recommend stopping by at some point. You could even pull off the highly on the way to Niagara and the food you have there would be 10x better (or 100x) than most things in Niagara Falls.

      It seems to have a big local following so you might want to make reservations. Thanks Julie for the initial heads up on this spot!

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      1. re: ylsf

        Big smoker out back? You mean they are using a stick burner and not gas? Now I am curious as being a backyard stick burner myself I am not a huge fan of the SP or OHP type of gas units as there is something lost there compared to the real deal. Let me know, I travel down that way often and never heard of the place.

        1. re: ebay3392

          I am not BBQ expert but I saw stack of quarter cut logs out back along with a large smoker. It might very well be gas and I misread it but I only looked at it from an angle while walking to the restaurant and I guess I just "assumed" based on what I saw. I didn't look for gas lines feeding it or anything. hmmm.. maybe you can give them a call to verify but regardless, I really enjoyed my meal so I would recommend a stop over next time you are in the area.

          http://www.memphisfirebbq.com/

          I think I forgot to mention. Fried chicken is available Monday to Wednesdsay from 5pm , and Ribs are available Thursday to Sunday from 5pm.

          1. re: ylsf

            In response to the number of comments re: is it gas or a tradtional smoker. It is a tradtional smoker. My family has eaten at this restaurant many times and it is awesome. The owners are really passionate about food and making fresh homemade (not processed) food for everyone to enjoy. If you have not tried the sneaky cheese yet you have not lived!!!

          2. re: ebay3392

            Were they using the big smoker out back or is it there to use for "Fests" or catering. You can't cook something outside and bring it inside for serving in Ontario.

            DT

            1. re: Davwud

              I am really not sure what I saw anymore then. It looked to me like a big stainless steal smoker outside (and not a mobile unit) but like I said I didn't take a close look at it and just saw it in passing. I am realizing now that even if it was a big stainless steel smoker it would likely be natural gas fired. Next time I go back I will take a closer look but if anyone decides to try it in the meantime please post your observations (or just ask the staff what type of smoker they use :) )..

              1. re: ylsf

                We use an Ole Hickory Pits Model SSE that we brought out of the States. We've experimented with Apple and Cherry woods, but have decided that shaggy bark Hickory is our favourite.

                1. re: chefstevepopp

                  Good choice althought apple is my favourite.

                  DT

              2. re: Davwud

                Doesn't Phil's (even though it's terrible) smoke out back and then bring it inside?

                1. re: tjr

                  Nope. Well, I doubt it. The first time I was there (6 - 7 years ago) he showed me a smoker in his kitchen. It's electric. I haven't been in at least 5 years.

                  DT

                  1. re: Davwud

                    Ah, thanks for the info!

                  2. re: tjr

                    maybe he showed that just for the Restaurant Makeover show.

                  3. re: Davwud

                    Actually you can cook something outside and bring it inside, as long as your appliance is certified and the preparation area meets with local health regulations, just like our smoker does.

              3. I've meant to get down to this place for months now -- it's not that far from me in St. Catharines -- but never did... Spurred on by your post, I was finally able to check it out this afternoon, and was glad I did.

                Brisket was the star -- smoky, fatty, beefy. Something about smoked brisket fat is just exponentially more delicious than any other beef fat there is, somehow. Sauce was good.
                Pork was also good, if a tiny bit underseasoned, but texture- and tenderness-wise, excellent. I was expecting a vinegar/mustard-based sauce as the "Carolina sauce", but their thinner vinegar sauce was fine too. Overall, preferred the brisket.
                Side of pit beans was right up my alley -- quite sweet, but I like 'em that way.
                Coconut cream pie was quite good with an excellent crust -- not housemade, but it was good, so who cares, really?
                Was sad that we were there in early afternoon before the ribs were available. Next time...

                I'll gladly go back at the next opportunity, and having recently eaten at Rolly Rockets in Hamilton, I can safely say that Memphis Fire blows them out of the water. Tasty stuff.

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                1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                  Since you're out that way, how does it compare to Camp 31 in Paris and/or Kentucky Greg's in Buffalo?

                  1. re: TexSquared

                    Sad to say I haven't been to either! My list-of-BBQ-places-to-try is longer than my arm and I rarely have opportunities to shorten it.

                    1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                      Well, luckily for me I was able to get to Camp 31 the other day, so I feel like I can do a little comparing.
                      Pulled pork I enjoyed more at Camp 31, though Memphis Fire's was also very good.
                      Brisket was much better at Memphis Fire -- the brisket I got at Camp 31 was sliced oddly... as in, the pieces of brisket were several inches "wide", as if they'd been sliced on an extreme bias or something. There wasn't a whole lot of fat on it, either. To be fair, though, I went to Camp 31 for pork and pork alone, and for that they won out.
                      I didn't have the ribs at Memphis Fire, so can't compare there.

                      Camp 31 offers a variety of sauces, but I found it better to just stick with the standard -- though the jerk sauce was good with the sweet potato fries, I'll admit.

                      1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                        I am heading to Camp 31 on the weekend too so I will try to compare the two from what I recall of Memphis and the fresh in memory Camp 31.

                        Re: Memphis, if you are going I suggest a reservation as it was pretty busy even mid week when I went!

                  2. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                    I live within a ten minute drive of this place and will be trying it tonight! I can't wait! I'll report back on here tomorrow.

                    1. re: cupidom

                      I think I'll check it out this weekend, too!

                  3. I was back this weekend for takeout. Got a full rack of ribs and mac/cheese + coleslaw. Total with tax was $27 ish. Seemed larger than a "full rack" served at some other places.

                    Anyway, I had about a 30 minute drive to get home (was passing by the area and didn't feel like eating there) so this may have effected the final product. I found the ribs to be a little dry but the flavour was amazing. Great sauce and a lot of smoke flavour. My car actually smelled like smoke on the way home and my hands smelled like smoke after eating them. They didn't drench the ribs in sauce either.
                    It is unfortunate that they were a bit dry but I would give them a chance again based on the flavour.

                    Oh and if not mentioned before they only do Ribs Thursday to Sunday and if you are coming from far away I recommend to reserve some.

                    Did anyone else go that was talking about going? Wondering if the drier ribs was a one off or not. I hope so.

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                    1. re: ylsf

                      We didn't make it out this past weekend, but they're still on our radar and we'll report back. We also bought the WagJag for Hillbilly Heaven, so look for review of it soon.

                      1. re: bogie

                        Which Hillbilly is that? If Burlington it closed down a while ago so you should contact wagjag for refund

                        1. re: ylsf

                          Nope, Hamilton location, which is up on the mountain. The WagJag was for sale just last week.

                          1. re: bogie

                            I am 100% trying Memphis Fire this weekend! I'll post back here on Monday.

                            1. re: cupidom

                              I finally tried this place last night and I was quite happy with my order. They were out of ribs unfortunately… but I saw an order and they looked great.

                              My friend and I each ordered a plate to share. I got the beef brisket entree with a double order of fries and my friend got the pulled pork entrée with fries and a Caesar. The brisket was very flavourful and came with a spicy mustard dip. The fries were awesome. The pulled pork was extremely tender and smoky. My friend said the Caesar was good, but was too full to get through even a quarter of it. We loved everything. The service was great too. The total bill with 1 beer, 2 cokes, the meals, taxes and tip was $55. I’ll definitely be returning very soon.

                    2. I was there last week to celebrate a special occasion with some family members. It is the first time the family joined (my 3rd time being there, one for dine in, one for take out).

                      Everyone, including the younger ones that came, enjoyed the meal. This time we had ribs (pre-booked 3 racks and it was a good thing we did, it was busy as normal), smoked chicken sandwich (would be great if they added smoked chicken to the menu.. they didn't have any smoked chicken wings available/left), beef brisket, Italian Beef sandwich, kids = thin hot dog (a hot dog sliced in half with a full size bun) and a mini burger. We also had a ton of sides including mac/cheese, daily veggie (corn on cob), beans, and fries.

                      For kids, it doesn't seem like there is much of a savings to justify getting the "kids" version vs. the adult version of the hotdog. Unless I am missing something (I don't think it came with anything extra).

                      I would like to be more specific but everything was really enjoyed so hard to narrow down recommendations. Service was great too dealing with a larger group with kids. Good attention but not a "nagging" kind of attention.

                      Oh, and there was a few desserts ordered too. Apple Pie, Peanut Butter Cream pie and raspberry pie. I found that the apple pie had a bit too much cinnamon my liking, the peanut butter cream pie was good but I probably wouldn't order it again (too heavy especially after a meal like that!), raspberry pie was really good.

                      1. We ate there last weekend and I have to report that this is a very good and extremely busy place. My wife had the slider sampler which is one each of beef brisket, pulled pork and cheeseburger. I had a half rack of baby back ribs with sides of beans and mac&cheese. We couldn't resist sharing the Coney Island fries, excellent fries topped with Coney Island chili, melted cheddar and their sneaky cheese (kind of similar to pimento cheese but smoky). Everything was very tasty, with the superb beef brisket definitely the standout. Also, the pulled pork was served with a side of Carolina sauce, a wonderful mustardy vinegary concoction not often seen in these parts. My ribs were perfectly pull off the bone tender, moderately sauced and had a nice pink smoke ring. The sides were great, with the mac& cheese in a creamy rich sauce not dried out like so many. The beans were wonderful with meaty bits but perhaps a touch too much cider vinegar for me. They have an amazing selection of homemade pies, and we managed to share a slice of chocolate cream pie which was rich with dark chocolate and pleasantly non-gelatinous. The pie crust was perfect and I suspect judicious use of lard for sure. All in all a great experience, we will return many times for sure to try more of the menu. However, I have to admit I likely won't order the ribs too often as I actually prefer side ribs. Note that ribs are available Thurs-Sun only and fried chicken is offered Mon-Wed. I should mention that the service was attentive, friendly and prompt. Our server had excellent product knowledge and the manager stopped by to see if we enjoyed everything. I should also mention their interesting selection of fountain beverages, much like the old soda counters. Even though we only drank water as we were coming off a day of wine tasting, we will definitely try one of them next time.

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                        1. re: bogie

                          Been there a couple times (including tonight). Don't get me wrong, the food is good...people do not line up and wait outside for restaurants if the food is crap. But, I did not like the ribs. The smoke flavor was way too overpowering for my taste. Disappointed in that respect, perhaps it was an off night for the ribs.

                          Love the brisket...very tasty. Have had the sliders, recommend those as well. Coney fries, regular fries..both solid. Milkshakes...delicious. I might get something thrown at me for this, but, I'm not a huge fan of the sneaky cheese. It is good, but, I think they put too much of it on my burger. Maybe it's a texture thing with me, but, I didn't find a giant glob of it very appetizing...but, I ate the whole sandwich anyway lol.

                          I'll be back on a Mon-Wed to try the fried chicken...looking forward to that.

                          1. re: JErix

                            Interesting, I may like the ribs based on above..question was it too smoky like acrid or twangy smoky, don't know a better way of describing it..I used to oversmoke my ribs the bad way with tons of white smoke coming out of both ends of the offset, knew I was doing it wrong when my friends left the ribs and ate the sides :-).... did not know any better so started undersmoking for others but love it on the smoky side myself....question just so I get a better idea, as hate blowing 20 or so bucks on something i like..do you like ribfest style ribs or swiss chalet? I find them undersmoky but just wanted to get an idea...thanks

                            1. re: ebay3392

                              Definitely prefer ribfest to swiss chalet LOL. Not sure I'm qualified to answer the acrid/twang question. I just remember it being an overpowerful flavor for me, one I had never experienced before (not a BBQ expert by any means). Again, it could have been an off night for them because I've enjoyed their food on several other occasions.

                              Have you ever tried Hillbilly Heaven's pulled pork (on Upper James)? I'm just trying to draw from my other experiences to give you a better idea. IMO that is almost the perfect amount of smokey flavor, for my taste buds anyway. You can tell it's there, but, it's not punching you in the face. I haven't had much luck with their other bbq items, but, I love their pulled pork.

                              1. re: ebay3392

                                If you like smoke, definitely give Memphis Fire a shot. As mentioned earlier in the thread they use a wood burning smoker. My dad is a pretty picky eater and he enjoyed the ribs. They aren't anything like Rib Fest or Swiss Chalet ribs (I am not really a fan of either, but, Rib Fest will do okay in a pinch)..

                                1. re: ylsf

                                  Wood burning smoker, nice...I will give it a try next time I am in the area..I usually try a new restaurant with brisket, one of the hardest things to make right...pulled pork is pretty easy and idiot proof..as for the twang, you probably did not experience as it is pretty apparent when you do..hits the tip of the tongue sort of like when you have bad orange juice, that sort of thing.

                          2. I thought I posted up on here after getting wings for take out a few weeks ago. Well, that is one thing I will not be ordering again. I did not enjoy their wings at all. They use a weird sauce. It tasted almost like a butter chicken sauce. I have enjoyed everything else on the menu though, and even my dad liked the food and he is a pretty picky eater normally!

                            1. There is a voucher featured on Living Social today... but it is for breakfast only. A friend has been before for breakfast and says it is very indulgent..... not sure what time they serve breakfast until. Might pick one up
                              http://www.livingsocial.com/cities/21...

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                              1. re: ylsf

                                We serve breakfast until 11:00am everyday

                              2. Some friends and I had dinner at Memphis Fire on the way home from Food Truck Eats at Peller Estates.

                                The smell of smoke was really, really promising. They were full inside, so we ordered takeout to eat on one of the numerous picnic tables they have outside. Note that you still get full service outside, but everything comes in takeout containers. I assume there is some licensing issue. Regardless, it worked out just fine and it was a beautiful day out.

                                We ordered coke floats and root beer floats (yay!), then 2 racks of ribs, smoked chicken wings, beef brisket and pulled pork. Sides we tried were: fries, mac and cheese, apple slaw, corn and ham, chopped salad, cole slaw, pit beans.

                                Definite mixed feelings about the food. The smokiness and the flavour of the sauces were very good. But the consistency of the meat was really inconsistent. The ribs ranged from really dry to juicy (even on the same piece), and the brisket ranged from tender with nice bite to overly mushy. The mac and cheese was really mac in a roux topped with some cheese. Had there been some more cheese in the sauce itself, it would have been much better. The beans were nice, as was the apple slaw. Very good fries.

                                It seems like there may be some temperature issue with the smoker that is leading to the inconsistency in texture? The ribs seemed like they were smoked too hot. They use hickory, btw.

                                It's a nice, down home place with a big menu and incredibly friendly service, which was really appreciated by us all. I'm not rushing back to have the BBQ, but there are several other things on the menu that I'd be interested in trying (they have a Chicago Italian beef there -- hmm), and breakfast looks heartstoppingly good.

                                Bottom line is that it's worth a stop if you're in the area (it's 5 minutes off the QEW at Fifty Road). It's probably better BBQ than anything in Toronto, but the texture issues with the meat threw me off a bit. I did have lovely "smokey hands" for the rest of the day, though. :)

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                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                  Some pics from dinner:

                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   
                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                    I was there as well .... but when i got there they had run out of ribs.
                                    Outside - ppl had takeout containers due to the fact that they have not opened it up yet....they advised that the weather has been inconsistent so they have not opened it up but patrons were free to dine out there via takeout (But they had not planned for staff to be out there)
                                    - pulled pork and brisket were good albeit the sauce took away from the smokiness abit
                                    - smoked wings were a 2 thumbs down.. i've had much better at memphis bbq in vaughan and camp31 in paris
                                    - and agreed with TorontoJo ... mac n cheese was a roux with a sprinkle of cheese on top... felt like an unfinished product to me.
                                    - the homemade pies were outstanding btw.
                                    --- i would go back to try the ribs and indulge in pies (if in the area)

                                  2. Yeah, I don't like the wings either. Really dislike them but liked everything else I have had so far. I was back on the weekend for breakfast. I had the Breakfast and BBQ and I really enjoyed it. The biscuits were good with breakfast and I got a side of pancakes as well.

                                    1. Ribs dry rub had way too much salt tonight.

                                      1. Desserts are fantastic. Cream pies (grasshopper; peanut butter chocolate; etc.). This is the best diner food this side of the 49th parallel!

                                        1. Finally got around to checking out this place. I've read a lot of positive press and it was featured on "Ya Gotta Eat Here!" Frankly, not sure what the fuss is about. I would give it about 5 of 10 score. There was nothing intrinsically wrong, but nothing particularly good either.

                                          Pulled Pork - was quite tender with a hint of smoke. However, the BBQ sauce was rather bland. There was no particular bite or flavour to it. In fact, if anything, it was on the vinegary side.

                                          Wings - Really did not like them. They were advertised as small fryers that were crispy with a BBQ sauce offering a bold and spicy flavour. Wrong on all counts. The wings were overdone, mushy and I think the BBQ sauce was pretty much the same as that used on the pulled pork. Not a hint of heat.

                                          Sides - Excellent cut fries with the skins on. Vinegar based cole slaw overpowered. Salad looked like it gone through a food processor and had same vinegary look.

                                          If you like acid-based BBQ you may enjoy this place. IMHO this spot could not compare to the now defunct Sweet Smoke in Burlington or the place that was on Lakeshore in Oakvile (whose name I cannot remember).

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                                          1. re: cynalan

                                            The wings are by far the worst thing on the menu.

                                            I like the brisket there and the ribs. I have had other things that I have enjoyed but the last time I went it wasn't as good as the earlier days....

                                            The other place on Lakeshore was called "The Big Smoke".

                                            I really hope Oakville gets another decent BBQ place!

                                            1. re: cynalan

                                              Sweet Smoke is gone? That's a shame, their pulled pork sandwich was wicked

                                            2. Headed to Niagara this afternoon and planning a pit stop at Memphis Fire. I know it's short notice, but does anybody have any must-try's on the menu?

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                                              1. re: duckdown

                                                I am a fan of the brisket. I would ask for the sauces on the side though because one of the sauces they put on it.. I really like it (a mustard one) but just in case..

                                                As for sides... can't recall which my favourites are. Not a huge fan of the collard greens or mac/cheese from what I remember though.

                                                My nephew had the pulled pork last time we went and he really liked it. Unfortunately they only do the ribs in the evenings after 5pm on certain days.

                                                1. re: duckdown

                                                  PIE! Any flavour. And fried chicken when they offer it.

                                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                                    Dropped in today and all they had was chocolate mint pie. Sigh.

                                                  2. re: duckdown

                                                    I am a big fan of their burgers too. Flat top griddled, with a nice crust, and well seasoned. Oh and the peach juice, or the melon one too. They are a BBQ stop for sure, and the Chefs' Popp are a talented duo, so there is not much there I do not like. I second the fried chicken. And they do wings well.