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Apr 15, 2013 12:33 PM

Where is good BBQ food in Toronto?

I am looking for a restaurant in toronto or surrounding area that serves real bbq food including chicken, ribs, steak etc.

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    1. re: CarNut

      Hopefully they open one in toronto or mississauga. I will have to try this on a weekend. A little too far through the week. Thanks!!!!

      1. re: CarNut

        buster rhino's is okay, but not real southern bbq, imho. stockyards bbq is not legit either, but is the best i've had in the gta, imho.

        1. re: CarNut

          +1 on buster rhino, though my one minor complaint is that there is no sauce on the tables (order comes already sauced), which is particularly surprising for a place that was on dragons den for its sauce business. I might have bought a bottle or 2 to take home if I could have taste tested with some (excellent) fries and rings. Overall though, everything was very very good at the downtown Oshawa location last week.

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          1. Stockyards on Tuesday/Sunday/Friday for Chicken & Ribs

            1. If anyone on this board knew the answer to this question they would be the most popular person on the board. There is no real BBQ places in Toronto. The only time you'll get real bbq is the ribfest in the summer. I have tried every place on this board that people talk about and none of them compare to ribfest.

              Phil's origininal BBQ, Buster Rhino's, Paul and Sandy's ect... and it's always a flop. Ther is only one place I haven't tried and it looks pretty promising and it's a food truck.

              here is the link


              I'll give it a go when they open up for the summer.

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              1. re: C mac

                yeah i kinda didn't give that place a second thought the first time i saw it in that parking lot but then that thread popped up... looking forward to giving it a shot

                1. re: C mac

                  What is the difference between the food you get at RibFest vs say a place like Buster Rhino that makes RibFest "Real" and Busters "Not"? I do not understand what you are looking for in a BBQ joint.

                  1. re: C mac

                    Well, I must be going to the wrong vendors at Ribfest, because I've been to a few and I've never had anything that I would say is better than so-so.

                    My personal favourite in the city is Paul and Sandy's, but even then it's inconsistent. I've been there a couple of times and the pulled pork essentially tasted like flavourless mush. Other times it is smoky, fatty, and amazingly tender (but not overly so).

                    1. re: Michael N

                      yeah well a few people on the board have told me they weren't crazy about the ribest either. I don't know what to say but I find far superiour to the places I mentioned. Having that said, I will say that last year I only hit up two and they definitetly weren't as good as previous years. Hopefully they are good again this year.

                      it also depends on the vendor. I like boss hogs

                      and bad wolf


                      Funny cause the first ribfest I ever went to I heard lots of good stuff about Uncle Sam's, and it was spot on. I with in love, but about the 3rd year they didn't seem to be as good so I started to try other vendors.

                      1. re: Michael N

                        Paul and Sandy's is definitely inconsistent.

                      2. re: C mac

                        Yeah, I kinda agree with C mac. There's decent barbecue in this town, but, in my opinion, not "proper" barbecue. I suspect the reason is because "proper" barbecue (not only low-and-slow, but it's-done-when-it's-done and when-it's-finished-the-shop's-closed) doesn't lend itself well to a formal restaurant setting. Possible, sure, but difficult, I suspect, to build a restaurant model around.

                        And might I suggest that the best barbecue in town: in my backyard!

                      3. What's real?
                        Is that real in the metaphysical sense with piles of hardwood and a billowing smoker outside? If it's even allowed, unfortunately that's an urban rarity.

                        Some of the operators mentioned here do an acceptable job, and better than many in the southern States.