Excellent barbecue restaurants in Toronto

Barbecue is a time honoured tradition of our neighbours to the south, and here in Toronto, we took inspiration from the great pit masters and created our own brand of northern barbecue. From mouthwatering brisket to pulled pork and ribs, several Toronto kitchens offer tender fall-off-the-bone meat with authentic smoked flavour. Check out the city’s best barbecue!

Aft Kitchen & Bar

1
686 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1G9

AFT has built a name for itself that has become synonymous with great barbecue. Open seven days a week, AFT is known for Texas-style dishes like BBQ brisket, half chicken and ribs. They don’t take reservations.

Greenwood Smokehouse BBQ

2
673 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L2

Low and slow is the motto at Greenwood Smokehouse. The east end barbecue spot has a vast menu that includes smoked wings, brisket, pulled pork and ribs. There’s also a brunch on weekends.

Barque Smoke House

3
299 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M3

Barque Smokehouse is not only one of the best spots for barbecue in the city, but it is super kid friendly too. It’s open for lunch and dinner service and offers a kid’s menu – a pint-sized selection of signature barbecue dishes. Try the beef brisket and the St. Louis style ribs.

Stack Restaurant

4
3265 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N 2L5

This Yonge & Lawrence hot spot has some stellar barbecue picks! It offers Texas Brisket, BBQ pulled pork, deli smoked meat and the famous pit smoked quarter chicken. Open seven days a week.

Smoque N Bones

5
869 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1G4

Taking a cue from the Southern states, Smoque N’ Bones brings true southern barbecue to Toronto. With inspiration from Texas, Memphis, Kansas and the Carolinas, they take authenticity seriously. When you’re done chowing down on the barbecue you can head upstairs to their KOHL Whiskey Bar.

Appalachia Smokehouse BBQ

6
2416 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke, ON M8V 1C4

Located in Etobicoke, Appalachia BBQ opened a few years ago and it seems like Toronto can’t get enough of all the barbecue goodness! The menu serves up a cornucopia of delights like smoked brisket sandwich, baby back ribs and the famous Appalachia sliders. They use local, hormone-free meats that are smoked daily.

Adamson Barbecue

7
176 Wicksteed Ave, Toronto, ON M4G 2B6

Open for lunch, Adamson Barbecue takes the lunch counter up a notch with its selection of smoked and grilled meats. The meat is sold by the pound or plate and there’s a selection of rustic sides and sandwiches. They also have a catering menu.

Electric Mud Barbeque

8
5 Brock Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 2K6

Barbecue and rock tunes are on the menu at Electric Mud BBQ. Choose from burgers, fried chicken, pulled pork or smoked brisket, and you will be rocked with flavour. They offer a selection of craft beer and the patio is pretty killer in the summer.

Big Crow

9
176 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 2E6

Need we say more than chopped brisket nachos? Big Crow has been a staple on Toronto’s barbecue scene since it opened in 2012. The backyard style restaurant is only part of the reason why it gets such high praise, the inventive menu items and quality barbecue keeps people coming back for more.

Cherry St Bar-B-Que

10
275 Cherry St, Toronto, ON M5A 3L3

Cherry Street Bar-B-Que pit-smokes its meats over white oak, a classic Southern barbecue technique. Taking inspiration from the many regional cuisines of the U.S., the resto also features a massive patio, live music and a picturesque view of the skyline.

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