Best Restaurants for Barbecue in Toronto

With only a few weeks left in August, it’s important to keep the feeling of summertime going. And nothing does it like fingers-dripping-with-sauce barbecue. Here are my top BBQ picks. Get ready to drool.

Lou Dawgs Southern Sandwiches

76 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M5B 1G6

Visiting this Southern Barbecue joint is like heading to the south. Just a few steps below ground level, warm wood walls and small space might be what you see, but you’ll notice that deep, distinct BBQ smoke aroma above all else. Ahhhh.

Leslieville Pumps

929 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J6

Southern BBQ sandwiches are the main atrraction here. While the regular roster is mightily impressive (Smoked Butter Chicken!), come for the Chicken and Waffle sandwich, available exclusively on weekends. Best I ever had.

The Stockyards

699 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1B2

These guys were doing BBQ back before it was trendy, and man, they do it well. While you’re welcome to tuck into a pulled pork or beef brisket sammie, it’s worth rearranging your schedule for the BBQ Ribs n’ Chicken, available only on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 5pm on.

Black Camel

4 Crescent Rd, Toronto, ON M4W 1S9

Around since 2004, this modern sandwich shop satisfies your BBQ hankering with slow roasted beef brisket, pulled pork shoulder and pulled roasted chicken sarnies. All at a very reasonable $7.50 each, to boot. And being located right across from Rosedale subway station means you can grab it and go - never having to give in to a soggy, pre-made cafeteria sandwich again.

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