Best ribs in Toronto

Get your napkins ready because you’re going to want to try every rib on this list! From smoked to grilled to wood fired, all these ribs have been slow cooked to perfection! Here are the best ribs in Toronto!

Smoque N Bones

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

Chefs at this Queen West smokehouse draw inspiration from American barbecue prepared in Tennessee, Texas, Kansas and the Carolinas, with each region offering its own distinct taste. The popular pork side ribs are available as a quarter or half rack and can be accompanied by a number of classic Southern side dishes including collard greens, candied yams, baked beans and buttermilk onion rings. The meaty ethos also extends to the drink menu; try the maple bacon old fashioned cocktail made with bacon-infused bourbon and maple syrup.

AAA Bar

2
138 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K9

With three locations to choose from, you have more chances to try the smoked dry rub ribs. First they rub the pork ribs with a bourbon and maple concoction and then smoke them for six hours over oak whiskey barrel chips. They are delivered to your table with your choice of sauce.

Barque Smoke House

3
299 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M3

If you want choice, then head out to Barque Smokehouse. There are three flavours of baby back ribs to choose from – dry rub with herb crusted crunch, sweet heat, a brown sugar based sauce with a little bite, and Barque Rack O’Bama, with a signature secret sauce. If you can’t decide you can always opt for the Rib Taster, 1/3 rack of each flavour!

The Stockyards

4
699 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1B2

The Stockyards ribs are so good, but they’re only available three days a week – so time your rib cravings accordingly! Choose from a whole rack or half rack, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 5 pm. The ribs are cooked over hardwood embers for at least six hours. Their famous barbecue sauce is served on the side.

Hogtown Smoke Restaurant

5
1959 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1H7

The St. Louis ribs at Hogtown Smoke deserve a spot on this list! The smoky and sweet flavour of these racks are what competitive ribs are made of. Get ‘em in two sizes.

Stack Restaurant

6
3265 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4N 2L5

Low and slow is the preferred strategy at this popular smokehouse. Here the meaty and tender baby back ribs are double smoked in a Southern Pride barbecue pit, slathered in your choice of barbecue sauce and served with your choice of fries, slaw or smoky molasses baked beans. If you’re feeling really ravenous, supersize your rack or get your rib fix as part of the ultimate BBQ platter, which also features pulled pork, quarter chicken and smoked meat. Still have room for dessert? Try the made-to-order creamy cinnamon doughnut milkshake that blends fresh baked doughnuts with rich vanilla ice cream.

Electric Mud Barbeque

7
5 Brock Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 2K6

Electric Mud BBQ is the coolest barbecue joint in the city. This is due in part to the atmosphere and young and vibrant ambience, but mostly because of the killer barbecue. The ribs are no exception: a half rack of pork side ribs, which are served with pickles and coleslaw.

Aft Kitchen & Bar

8
686 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1G9

Since it opened in 2013, AFT Bar & Kitchen has been the go-to spot for ribs. The ribs are slow cooked and slathered in a house-made bourbon barbeque sauce. They are served with a side of beans with chunks of bacon and coleslaw.

Greenwood Smokehouse BBQ

9
673 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L2

Greenwood Smokehouse is almost an institution in the East End. Their ribs are served a la carte or you can get them in a platter, which includes all of Greenwood’s barbecued goodness. The half or whole racks are smothered in Memphis BBW sauce and wood smoked.

Big Crow

10
176 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M5R 2E6

As soon as you take a seat at Big Crow you can smell the onsite smoker. The baby back ribs are smoked for hours and basted with a walnut basil pesto and burst cherry tomatoes. If you’re hungry go for the full slab!

Pig Out Bbq

11
650 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 2H7

Pig Out BBQ first started as a barbecue joint in Pickering, but it became such a success an expansion to Toronto was inevitable. The barbecue ribs are so popular that they were featured on an episode of the Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here! The ribs are slow cooked for four to six hours in a custom smoker all the way from Tennessee.

The Carbon Bar

12
99 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1S1

The ribs at The Carbon Bar are truly one-of-a-kind. Cooked in a wood fire pit, the St. Louis cut ribs have a unique taste and texture. They are served with a side of coleslaw and dill pickles.

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