With winter behind us it’s time to focus on that time of year we all know and love: BBQ season. If you haven’t lifted the cover off your own backyard setup or need a little more time to clean those grills, don’t panic. Toronto is a mecca for fine BBQ and smokehouse options.
Carnivores, rejoice: here are eight 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. In addition to the Adelaide Street location, AAA also has spots on Gerrard Street at Broadview and a Leslieville location.
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.
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.
Short on space, big on taste, The Stockyards is a favourite among Toronto BBQ fiends. This St. Clair West staple serves up authentic “wood smoked Carolina style BBQ.” Their burgers and fried chicken and waffles are must-try items. There is a very southern small town appeal to the Stockyards, although they don’t take reservations so be prepared for a 10-20 minute wait to grab one of their 18 counter seats.
(Photo by jerry dohnal via Flickr)