Ten Must-Try BBQ Joints To Enjoy This National BBQ Day

Every year on May 16th we celebrate National BBQ Day and with that one of the most popular foods, culinary style and food activities the world over. Canada Takeout dedicated May National BBQ month, highlighting the origins of barbecue and it’s ability to bring us together around an open fire (or grill) to enjoy each others company and indulge in bold, sweet and smoky flavor of great BBQ.

Of course, you don’t need to fire up the grill in the backyard to have a good BBQ, there are a bounty of restaurants offering a variety of BBQ inspired dishes across the spectrum of culinary regional styles. Let’s not forget the smokehouses, food trucks and street food vendors putting their own spin on our all-time favorites.

We have put together a list of ten must-try BBQ spots across the country to get your BBQ to-go. Check them out here:

Offering central Texas BBQ in Toronto – this BBQ spot is definitely creating smoke. Their meat is slowly cooked over hickory wood to the point that is “falling off the bone”. They offer party packs like the Jurassic Park Cookout (Serves 4 – 6) consisting of 2 lb. of pork ribs, 1 lb. of brisket, 1/2 lb. smoked turkey and 3 sausage links. Quart of beans and potato salad included.

Address: 172 South Main Street, Toronto, ON


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Smoke and Bones BBQ specializes in the art of Southern Style Barbecue, the real authentic, low and slow way of cooking food over wood fires and coals. The menu includes delicious char-grilled chickenbeef brisket and smoked ribs.

Address: 999 Marine Dr, North Vancouver BC V7P 1S4

Voted best ribs in Halifax since 2012! Offering wood-smoked meats, Boneheads BBQ should be your Halifax go-to for hearty Southern cuisine. Enjoy their Smoked Brisket Quesadilla, comprised of tex-mex seasonings, melty cheddar cheese and sauteed onions & peppers stuffed in a grilled flour tortilla. Boneheads delicious BBQ has also been featured on Food Network and Marilyn Denis Show.

Address: 1014 Barrington St, Halifax, NS.


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Le Smoking BBQ has over 20 trucks serving Montreal and Quebec City. From corporate lunches to major parties, team building, conventions, weddings, and family days, the Smoking BBQ does it all! Their menu include gems like 5-hour smoked applewood chicken, smoking BBQ ribs and grilled sausage and pulled pork!


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Smokin’s Apps, award winning ribs and famous feasts are on offer at Famous Daves on of two franchises available in Canada. This is certainly the place to visit if you are craving some consistently great BBQ in Winnipeg.  Famous Dave’s pitmasters get their hickory logs smoldering around 4 a.m., hand-rub them with fresh spices, and slow-cook them to perfection. Get in!

Address: Unit 70-11 Reenders Drive, Winnipeg MB R2C 5K5


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Hong Fatt B-B-Q (Toronto, ON)

Located in the heart of Chinatown in Toronto, BBQ Pork and Duck are a mainstay on the menu at Hong Fatt BBQ. Juicy, moist and bathed in a cascade of delicious marinade. This is a must-try if you’re downtown!

Address: 443 Dundas Street W Toronto, ON M5T 1G6

Authentic Texas Barbecue on the east coast. Fireworks serves take out BBQ-smoked meat sandwiches, tacos, sides and more with a selection of vegetarian options too! Looking for condiments to go, they also sell their rubs, spices, sauces and frozen meals to go at their BBQ store.

Address: 504 Main St., Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Located in the Bay of Quinte, minutes from scenic Prince Edward County, Jerkebago offers good food, and good vibes to go! They offer a fusion of Caribbean & Indo-Kenyan tastes. Try the ever popular jerk chicken and even some roti and doubles from Trinidad & Tobago on the side!
Address: 22178 Loyalist Pkwy, Carying Place, ON
The cooks at Kook are CRAZY about BBQ and seek to set a new standard to your Korean BBQ experience. Offering takeout and delivery, their menu includes delicious portions of LA Style Marinated Short Ribs, Beef Brisket or Beef & Chicken Bulgogi. Can’t choose one? Get the Woodae Galbi – a combination of certified Canadian beef suited for a party!
Address: 2800 E 1st Ave #211A Vancouver, BC


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Have a bite on these delicacies and walk away satisfied and officially ‘suyarized’ whatever the occasion! The Suya Spot is the best in African BBQ. Must-haves are Beef, Chicken or Goat Suya with a side of fried plantain and Jolof rice.