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If there’s one thing Edmonton needed, it was a good Texas barbecue joint – so Saylish Haas, Nathan McLaughlin and Mike Rebalkin made it happen. Following their successful acquisition of The Next Act Pub, the three restauranteurs decided it was time to expand. When the space next to The Next Act came available, they signed the lease and opened MEAT.

“It was Saylish’s idea to open a barbecue place – and she’s the vegetarian of the three of them,” says general manager Andy Heroux. “They went down to Texas for a week, ate all of the best BBQ, came back with the idea for a menu and we had the birth of the restaurant.”

The plan for MEAT was simple – a casual gathering spot with a straightforward menu of dry rubbed meats and Texas barbecue staples. “Texas barbecue is very, very simple,” explains head chef Aron Pakan. “I think the reason why we chose the Texas style to make our own is just the sheer simplicity of it.” Since opening in May 2014, MEAT has become an Edmonton favourite. With two successful restaurants under their belts, Saylish, Nathan and Mike took a step back from operations to focus on their rapidly growing enterprise. They left MEAT in Andy and Aron’s capable hands and the pair have quickly become the heart and soul of the place.

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Edmonton restaurants with the best pulled pork

Edmonton restaurants with the best pulled pork

Whyte Avenue’s smokehouse sensation, Meat, serves up their slow, smoked, pulled pork by the pound or half pound, which you can pair with potato salad, garlic fries, mac and cheese or Brussels sprouts. And they offer a mouthwatering pulled pork sandwich on a soft bun with homemade, tangy coleslaw and their phenomenal housemade bourbon barbecue sauce.

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Restaurants with the best fried chicken in Edmonton

Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue smoked meat sensation, Meat, was recently featured on the show You Gotta Eat Here!, where they sung Chef Nathan McLaughlin’s praises and devoured his fried chicken. As with all the meats on their menu, you order each delectable item individually and the sides separately, so you can pair your crunchy, traditional fried chicken with garlic fries, mac and cheese, Brussels sprouts, baked beans or potato salad.

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Whyte Avenue’s favoured smokehouse, Meat offers slowly smoked ribs, brisket, pulled pork and apple glazed smoked chicken. They also use smoked cheddar in their sandwiches and pair their meats with delectable homemade barbecue sauces (bourbon, cherry and spicy).

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