Toronto’s BBQ scene is really heating up!
Drawing inspiration from the Southern States but with the benefit of Canadian ingredients and sensibilities, these pit masters are dishing out top-notch brisket, ribs, sausages, and smoked chicken that’ll make you need to loosed your belt.
Here are is the best BBQ in Toronto.
Out in the boons (okay, more like a Leaside industrial park) and open only from 11 am until the meat sells out (or 2 pm, whatever comes first), this BBQ is well worth the trip. Go for platters topped with brisket, sausages, pulled pork, and moist turkey all done with great reverence to the Texas-style which inspires it.
Address: 176 Wicksteed Avenue, East York
Southern barbecue cooked low and slow in wood burning pits stocks the menu of meats including brisket, pulled pork, spare ribs, wings, and jalapeno cheddar footlongs, as well as sandwiches like the Bama White topped with smoked chicken, bacon, and white BBQ sauce. Sides-wise, find the classics; beans, slaw, potato salad, mac and cheese, Frito pie, and buttermilk green beans.
Address: 1242 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Situated in close proximity to the beach, this BBQ joint deals in meats by the pound including some of the most supple, melt-in-your-mouth brisket in town along with pulled pork, turkey, chicke, sausage links, ribs, sandwiches, and all the essential sides.
Address: 275 Cherry Street, Port Lands, Toronto
Address: 299 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
Smoke-infused fare is the specialty from this east side restaurant and food truck. Meats can be ordered a la carte with sides like root beer baked beans and maple bourbon butter glazed corn, as well as in sandwiches, piled on to mac ’n cheese, and incorporated into recipes like the Jacked Up Grilled Cheese.
Address: 1959 Queen Street East, Toronto
Pecan-smoked St. Louis spare ribs, applewood-smoked pork, hickory-smoked chicken, and house-made barbecue brats are all on the menu at this takeout counter and general store in the west end.
Address: 2285 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Dine on The Danforth where this smokehouse serves up smoked specialties by weight, on platters, and piled onto buns. To go alongside these carnivorous feasts, Southern staples such as collard greens, hush puppies, and double smoked beans.
Address: 673 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
A stellar patio, convivial vibes, and a menu featuring finger-licking ribs, wings, and slow cooked meats await you at this Riverside local.
Address: 686 Queen Street East, Toronto
In Parkdale, Bourbonade and BBQ are the perfect pair. Start with “Crack Rolls” and spicy pork rinds before moving onto platters packed with ribs, brisket, smoked wings, pulled pork, and all the fixins’; potato salad, coleslaw, white bread, and pickles.
Address: 5 Brock Avenue, Toronto
The Pit Master’s Platter from this sophisticated-looking smoke house is a NEED not a want. Priced per person, this ultimate selection for sampling includes pork ribs, beef brisket, buttermilk fried chicken, pickles, and fries.
Address: 99 Queen Street East, Toronto
The Queen West restaurant and whisky bar offers a taste of Southern hospitality right here in The Six. On the menu, racks of ribs, peppercorn beef, spicy sausage, and a range of sides including cornbread, waffle fries, collard greens, brussel sprouts, and addictive onion rings.
Address: 869 Queen Street West, Toronto
Off the beaten track, this roadside smokehouse merits the detour. Championship-winning ribs, chicken, and sauces are menu mainstays, plus you’ll find burgers, sandwiches, and wings that are worth rolling up your sleeves for.
Address: 8074 Islington Avenue, Woodbridge