This past December, we sought to cure the winter blues by tracking down some of Hogtown’s boldest pit masters. But as much as good barbecue can transport you to a utopia of smoky sensations, it’s enjoyed best in the summer when you’re already primed for the grill and salivating with just a whiff of your neighbour’s hibachi. Carnivores, rejoice: here are 10 more Toronto grill masters that’ll fix your craving.
This rustic Austin-style saloon knows a thing or two about southern barbecue. Also stocking over 20 American whiskeys, they marry their passion for southern food and drink by serving pulled pork sandwiches with bottles of maple bourbon sauce.
This bar’s name provokes some obvious expectations, but there’s no game here. Still, Backwoods impresses with smoke-enhanced foods usually beyond the American barbecue, experimenting with Asian, Mexican, and West Indian dishes and flavours to offer spicy black bean and hoisin glazed pork belly confit and pork carnita tacos beside brisket on a bun and plain ol’ burgers.
Barque’s Roncesvalles smokehouse made our original list of Toronto’s best barbecue joints, but they opened another asylum for all things bold and burnt just a couple doors down in May. Operating as butcher by day and snack bar by night, they’ll brush your soul with barbecue sauce and help you do it yourself at home.
Buster Rhino’s arrival to Little Italy doubly improved the state of barbecue in Toronto: it filled the void left behind by Phil’s Original BBQ (literally – it’s in the same space), and it relieved fans that previously had to safari to Oshawa or Whitby to get their paws on the chain’s glorious barbecue platters.
This BBQ bar looks to impress, and they really pride themselves on the social experience they activate with their food. Encouraging patrons to sample widely and share amongst friends, they even offer to couple full course meals with additional items served family style.
This Danforth smokehouse keeps it classic with slow-smoked pulled pork, pork ribs, and brisket, but vegetarians are welcome, too.
This gas station smokehouse makes a good case for slow food. They smoke all of their meat for 14 hours and grow their vegetables in their rooftop garden. Fuel up on their Southern Beef Brisket – it’s a Toronto favourite.
Pickering’s Pig Out BBQ never dressed up what it was all about. With a second location in the Annex, it’s quickly become a smoky haven for U of T students, earning its reputation one Pig Out Platter at a time.
Inspired by Memphis, Texas, Austin, and the Carolinas, Smoque N Bones covers a broad spectrum of Southern barbecue essentials. Eat in and sample the bourbon wall or BYOB and pick up some take out for a Trinity Bellwoods picnic.
You can get a rack of ribs or a pound of wings at Two Bite Saloon, but like the name suggests, this place is really about the smaller selections. With sliders, pulled pork poutine, cornbread muffins, collard greens and buttermilk slaw, you could totally get away with avoiding the main entrees and still get your barbecue fix.
(Photo by jerry dohnal via Flickr)