Having toured all across Ontario, we’ve had the chance to serve customers from a ton of different cities. We’re located primarily in Guelph, however, so it’s not always easy for out-of-towners to get a hold of our award winning taste (unless you grab some of our bottled BBQ sauce, of course). To help BBQ loving Ontarians fill the void, we’ve compiled a list of 5 of our favourite BBQ joints. If you live in one of these cities, you’ll definitely want to stop by for a bite to eat!
1. Big Bone BBQ & Wicked Wings – Newmarket (http://www.bigbonebbq.ca/)
Big Bone BBQ are fellow Ribfest participants and definitely have a taste that competes. This family-run business has been cookin’ for 20 years and comes with a fully loaded menu including ribs, pulled pork, salads, chicken fingers, and hamburgers. Perhaps the best feature of Big Bone BBQ is their catering service; you can bring their menu to your own backyard. If you aren’t located in Newmarket, don’t fret, because Big Bone BBQ has 6 other locations in Ontario (Barrie, Maple, Markham, Milton, Woodbridge, and Kenswick).
2. The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder – Toronto (http://www.thestockyards.ca/)
Attention big city folks looking for some comfort food: you’ve got to check out The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder. They understand that time and patience are necessary for a quality result, which is how they achieve such a great tasting, smoky flavour. In addition to traditional BBQ food, this BBQ joint serves a variety of traditional comfort foods such as burgers, sandwiches, and fried chicken. Are you an early riser? They’ve even got a breakfast menu!
3. Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse – Niagara Falls (http://www.brasaniagara.com/)
Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse is an excellent choice for those looking to try something a little less traditional. Brasa still serves up a mean plate of BBQ, but this restaurant comes packed with a unique South American flare. This ‘carvery’ is all about service: after paying a flat rate, you choose from 12 cuts of meat and 70 cold items (salads and such), which are brought to your table until you can take no more. If you’re looking to indulge, this is a great place to do it!
4. Buster’s BBQ – Vermilion Bay (http://www.bustersbbq.com/)
Did you think we forgot about you, Northerners? Located northwest of Thunder Bay in Vermillion Bay, Buster’s BBQ has made a name for itself by appearing on the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here” and winning several awards for their sauce. We’re not going to say it’s better than ours, but it’s pretty darn good! If you’re ever travelling north or even across Canada, it would be worth stopping by Buster’s for some good ol’ fashioned comfort food. They’re located right along the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 17).
5. D&S Southern Comfort BBQ – Ottawa (http://www.dsbbq.ca/)
D&S brings a southern taste to eastern Ontario with their Texas-style menu. Like us, they believe in slow cooking and naturally smoking all of their meat, which improves both the flavour and the quality of their BBQ. Passing through Ottawa en route to Montreal or Gatineau? Stop in to D&S for some classic BBQ before a strict diet of poutine and bagels ensues.