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Camp 31 - Paris, On (BBQ)

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Anyone been to Camp 31 recently?

I know there has been a lot of mention of it in threads about BBQ in general but I don't see a specific thread on it.

I am planning to make my 2nd trip there on Monday and looking for recommendations. I don't even recall what I had there last time (will have to check for a thread on here if I posted before), I think I had the ribs and something else.

In particular looking to see what sides or other dishes they do well and what to pass on.


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  1. save yourself the trip. camp31 is at the scarborough ribsfest this long weekend.


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    1. re: blitz

      really? ribfest over a real BBQ restaurant?

      1. re: BusterRhino

        is the resturant and the ribfest product different? cause i keep reading ppl saying how decent camp 31 is, but at ribfest, it wasnt too special

      2. re: blitz

        I am not going just for Camp 31, will be in the area.

        1. re: ylsf

          my bad. i misunderstood :) i thought you were going there specifically for camp 31.

      3. I'd go with the Fried chicken and ribs. Fried chicken is excellent, ribs are... good. Not great, but good.


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        1. re: justxpete

          Oh great, thanks, was wondering about the fried chicken!

          1. re: ylsf

            Anyone have a review of their Jambalaya?

        2. Ended up getting a 1/2 rack of side ribs with beans and corn bread as sides and a 4 piece order of fried chicken with potato salad and fries.

          Fried chicken was great. Really moist, etc but still my favourite is Stockyards. Still pretty good though.

          We got ribs without added sauce on it. Tried a few of their sauces but find them really sweet (sugars are high on the ingredient list). Nice smokiness to ribs.

          I though the potato salad was disgusting. Mainly "mayo" type dressing with tiny peices of potato.... It was worse than stuff I have had from Costco.

          Beans were okay but they weren't the type of beans I normally have with BBQ.

          Fries were done well and enjoyed the corn bread too.

          Overall, was a good meal but for a regular fix of BBQ I will likely be heading to Memphis Fire BBQ (the one in Winona) or the food truck/trailer at Keele/St. Clair (only been once but it was tasty).

          1. We went to Camp 31 in mid-July. The ribs were astonishing - excellent balance of smoke and sauce and porky goodness. The pulled pork was great, but hadn't been pulled very finely - there were some huge lumps. The cornbread and baked beans were worth missing to leave room for more ribs. The cole slaw was good, but nothing special. We did really enjoy the onion strings. All in all, it's worth a detour if you're in the area.

            1. I was very unimpressed by Camp 31. They initially served me ribs that were horribly dried out, inedible, and I had to ask for a replacement. The new ones were still dry, but just OK. I didn't like that they tried to serve me ribs that were clearly hard and dry. I'll never go back.

              1. finally made my way down to camp 31 in Paris. having just tried their ribs at the scarborough ribsfest on the friday..i was hoping to compare them to what i had on the monday.

                wings are half price on mondays and pints were only $4. across the board i can say the food at the actual restaurant was a ton more "smokier". food wasn't overly sauced as they had a selection of their sauces table side. as other posters have mentioned, their sides are meh. save space for more meat and get the sides to go. the only downside were the wings...they had a nice smokiness to them but the sauce was completely overdone. my friend opted for honey garlic and it was very thickly layered and thus overly sweet. i'd suggest getting sauce on the side just in case the cook is heavy handed with the saucing. my favorite item was actually the fried chicken. the meat was extremely tender/moist...with the skin tasting very similar to kfc.

                food was good but i wouldn't go out of my way to Paris.