There’s nothing quite like a night of BBQ when the summer hits. Southern comfort, soul food and a delicious combination of spices and flavours come together for a meal that pleases every single time. Luckily, you don’t have to go down south for the taste of authentic BBQ. In fact, you don’t have to go far at all! The next time you’re in the mood for some good ol’ southern BBQ, check out one of these 5 awesome places for BBQ around the city!
1. Appalachia Smokehouse and BBQ
Located on Lake Shore Boulevard West in Etobicoke, Appalachia Smokehouse and BBQ is loved for its locally raised, hormone and steroid free meats. Smoked fresh daily, customer favourites include the Smoked Brisket Sandwich, the Half Baby Back Ribs and the Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich. Their sides and sauces are all made in-house, and you can either dine in in their cozy space, pick it up or order in!
2. Cherry Street Bar-B-Que
Known and loved for its Southern-style classics, Cherry Street Bar-B-Que is not to be missed! A short walk from Cherry Beach, you place your order at the counter and order drinks from the bar or on the patio. On the menu, they offer BBQ favourites like sausage, pulled pork, side ribs, brisket and chicken, plus an array of sides including coleslaw, potato salad and mac n’ cheese.
3, Barque Smokehouse
Combining traditional Southern smoking, modern scratch cooking, and a divine dedication to hospitality, Barque Smokehouse has everything you could want in a BBQ joint. Located next to High Park, and a short drive from the Kingsway, if you live to the west side of the city, make Barque you’re new go-to. Their menu boasts plates like jumbo smoked chicken wings, smoked pulled lamb shoulder, sweet heat baby back ribs, and many more classics. And if you’re feeling something a little more out-of-the-box, they also have Korean BBQ nachos, za’atar cauliflower tacos and pulled pork poutine!
4. Beach Hill Smokehouse
Located near the Danforth Village, Beach Hill Smokehouse is known to have some of the most authentic Texas BBQ in the city. Offering a range of smoked meats, sandwiches, southern comforts, sides and desserts, if you’re a fan of the backyard barbecue, you’re going to love this joint! Enjoy a succulent 3-meat sandwich with a side of smoked baked beans, and finish off with some bourbon banana pudding.
5. Food Fight BBQ Smokehouse
Northern BBQ with a Caribbean twist, Food Fight BBQ is a top smokehouse in the GTA. Situated in Brampton, they slow smoke their meats for 13 hours over naturally procured hickory and maple wood. Although they specialize in slow cooked barbecue, they’ve added an infusion of spices and techniques passed down from their Caribbean, Asian and Canadian heritage. Everything is fresh and locally sourced, and their meat is Ontario farm raised, and hormone and pesticide free.
Hungry yet? These 5 places are serving up the best BBQ in the city, so head on over when you’re craving a good dose of smoked meat and southern comfort sides!