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Aug 12, 2012 10:02 PM

Rubs Smokehouse

Anyone been to Rubs Smokehouse yet? It opened just under a month ago. Looking to hear if their smoked meats are any good. What should I order(if it's worthwhile to check out)?

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  1. Last night i went to Rubs iwth my daughter and mom. I consider myself to be well versed in southern smoked food.

    first, the owners were very nice, friendly and helpful. the place has beautiful new bathrooms. everything was spotless.

    we had the beef ribs and long pork ribs (not baby back). the beef ribs (2) were incredibly meaty with a great smoked flavor. real deal smoked. the pork was more juicy and terrific. the prk was more tender - which is expected. both plates had a huge quantity of food - sharing isa good idea. finally, some real bbq in montreal. the sides we had were beans, fries, sweet pot fries and slaw. the beans were not my sort of thing, but the fries and slaw were great. on the table was a bbq sauce(spicy) and a mayo dressing as well. the mayo one was just amazing. chipotle honey mayo - you get this when you order a grilled chicken sandwich at Chick Fil A.

    overall, i would give it a way above average and i am excited to go back. the bill was expensive, but i consider the seats outside and the nice service to make it worhtwhile. frankly, money is no object to get true smoked food in montreal. i dont mind paying a little more for competancy.

    i strongly recommend and plan to return soon.

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    1. re: harry in montreal

      Thanks for your report. Wanted to get feedback beforehand, as it can get expensive ordering food at Smoked BBQ establishments. I've already sampled stuff at the two new BBQ establishments, Diablos & Dinette Triple Crown.

      1. re: BLM

        Hey BLM, How did Diablos compare to Dinette Triple Crown? I tried just about everything on the DTC menu and was pleasantly surprised. From what I've heard Diablos is a bit more expensive but has a creative cocktail list. How is the seating at Diablos? In the photos I've seen it looks similar to Icehouse, where it might be tough to find a table at times. Was it busy when you went?

        1. re: causeimhungry

          Can't do straight comparison as at Dinette Triple Crown I basically only tried their fried chicken(& their ice tea & lemonade drinks), while at Diablos I only tried their beef ribs(& some ice tea drink I think). During the warm months, I think Diablos might have some outside seating. It was moderately busy when I was at Diablos during early lunchtime, but I went there when they first opened(maybe it was their opening week).

          Contrary what others have said, I found the Dinette Triple Crown fried chicken to be mediocre on my one visit there(I found their fried chicken a bit dry). The beef ribs(I was served one or two giant pieces) at Diablos was decent, but didn't blow me away. Probably give both of these BBQ joints another chance as I went to eat there in their opening weeks.

          1. re: BLM

            Thanks BLM! I'll give Diablos a try soon.

              1. re: Ghostquatre

                Yes, about half dark & half white pieces(total about 6 pieces).

      2. I went there last weekend with a bunch of people, and I shared a huge plate of 1/2 smoked chicken, pulled pork, pork ribs, and brisket with three other people. It also came with four sides (smoked macaroni -so so-, smoked veggie -pretty good-, cole slaw -just ok-, and sweet potatoe fries - Yum!-), and the whole thing was about 65$, which was reasonably priced. My favorite was the chicken, so tender and smokey! You can actually taste the hint of spiciness which was much appreciated. The brisket was a tad dry, and it could've been cut a tad thinner as it became difficult to chew at some point, but the flavors were definitely there. I also had what they called a "Mexican Bulldog", which is an inverted corona in a lime margarita, very refreshing! Overall, I'd go back, and next time perhaps try the beef ribs as they look really good across the table. :)

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        1. re: saltnpepperwhat

          Thanks a lot for the report, going on my dinner club list of places to try. :-)

        2. i just had some leftovers from this place tonight. man is it good. the brisket is pretty sick. really great bbq. harry

          1. Went there last night with 3 others and the general consensus was "meh". Would go back, but probably not soon.

            We started with some shared appetizers (2 lbs of smoked wings and jalapeno poppers).

            The wings were definitely smoky but lacked salt. They were quite bland. For 18$, we got about 18 wings.

            The jalapeno popper plate (11$) consisted of 5 peppers stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon and fried. They were also smoked. Some of them were mild and other were so fiery hot that some of us were in tears for a good 15 minutes.

            We also ordered the brisket, the St Louis pork ribs and the chicken leg.

            The pork ribs and the brisket are definitely the highlights for us. Smoky, tender and very flavorful. The full rack of pork ribs is massive and certainly a good option if you want to have some for lunch the next day. The brisket plate was also very generous. Good bark and smoke penetration, as well as a good amount of fat.

            The chicken thigh, surprisingly, was extremely dry and looked so sad on the plate with its sides compared to the other plates.

            We tried various sides: smoked mac and cheese (good), smoked beans (good), smoked veggies (underdone), sweet potato and regular fried (very good).

            With so many smoky flavors going on, I would have preferred that the mac and cheese and veggies didn't have a smoky flavor. Everything tasted the same (smoke) after a while. Maybe we should have gotten some coleslaw.

            The Mexican Bulldog drinks (inverted corona into a margarita) was just ok. The waiter told us the margarita has 3 shots of tequila, which I did not detect. It tasted like a beer/lime slushie.

            Cost around 85$ per couple before tip. I think the amount would have been justified if we were fully satisfied. But you get a lot of food, and the outdoor seating is nice, and the service was efficient as well.

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            1. re: foodie_mtl

              Six of us went to Diablos last night for a late dinner after a film and were absolutely delighted with the place. We did a lot of starter-sharing, The chicken tenders were so moist, with a smoky slight-spicy flavour which was perfect. The jalapeno poppers were the very best (and hottest) any of us have ever had. We had the pulled pork sliders, which was a perfect amount of tender pulled pork on cornbread sliders. Really great change from a bun. The ribs were fall-off-the-bone and not too sweet. The fried pickles were are only disappointment. They were good, but we've had better in the South. Maybe it's just me. I prefer a cornflour sort of batter, and a spicy dipping sauce.
              The service was attentive and fun. All in all, we had a great time, and will be going back. There were a lot of items on their menu that sounded worth trying. Prices were reasonable as well.

              1. re: ladymcbet

                Cornbread sliders sound amazing. Thanks for the report!

            2. Any recent visits to Rubs Smokehouse? All the reviews here go back to August. Tempted to finally try Rubs, see how it compares to Blackstrap BBQ.

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              1. re: BLM

                a month ago with a group of 8 and it wasn't to my liking at all. My beef ribs were cold so had them returned. They weren't tender on the chewy side but taste was okay. Fries weren't cooked enough so we had to return a few batches. Nothing spectacular, it wasn't good it want bad. Since they are new we figured that hey are fine tuning. Will give a chance another time.

                1. re: BLM

                  I went about two months ago and thought it was pretty good. I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was definitely one of the better ones ive had. My only complaint was the sides, they tasted way too smoky, like as if they added liquid smoke, it was repulsing. I have a feeling though like most other bbq places here that Rubs has probably gone downhill by now but maybe not.. Blackstrap bbq is just garbage imo. The meats were so brutally overcooked i cant believe they served them. Im going to give Diablos a try next.