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The Big Belly Tour—A Complete List of Ontario's BBQ Joints

Doing it right at Muddy's Pit BBQ in Keene, Ontario
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The Big Belly Tour—A Complete List of Ontario's BBQ Joints

50 best barbecue spots in the province

Delicious BBQ paired with the ideal motorcycle route to get you there. Bring your appetite!



After a long day's ride (or even a short one), nothing hits the spot quite like some good old-fashioned BBQ. If you've ever taken a trip to the southern U.S., you may have visited one of the pit BBQs or rib joints and thought how lucky you are to be in the only place that can actually do BBQ right. Well, guess what? We're doing BBQ up here north of the border and what's more: it's actually better in Ontario! While most places look to the south for inspiration—Memphis and Carolina BBQ styles are well represented—you will find a northern touch in many of the menus of these fine establishments.

Fall off the bone back ribs smoked with maple and Beechwood at Get Ribbed in Timmins

This is a big list, totally worthy of Ontario's enviable girth, so we're going to need a lot of help finding the very best in the province. Let us know your favourite BBQ joints to stop in at while riding in Ontario.

Northern Ontario

Northeastern Ontario 

Timmins

Recommended Route: The Great Legends Tour

Get Ribbed Smokehouse & BBQ Pit 
A family-owned business where "authenticity takes time," Get Ribbed serves delectable meats cooked to perfection in their custom-built Texas smoker (the only authentic fruitwood smoked southern BBQ joint in Northern Ontario). Located right on the Mattagami River in beautiful Timmins, it's the ideal spot to pull over and refuel the belly.

North Bay

Recommended Route: The Lake Temiskaming Tour
 
This local drinking hangout has been transformed into a top-notch restaurant and pub located on the shores of Lake Nipissing, right there in downtown North Bay. An ideal stop for a group ride lunch or dinner. Or start the day off with their famous brunch. The Back Ribs and Chicken is a sure bet, but check out whatever they have on special. 

Sudbury

 
This classic smokehouse on Paris St features a range of southern cuisine and BBQ, including lighter fare like wraps and salads - every single one featuring smoked chicken. The brand is strong with this one. You definitely won't leave hungry.

Cochrane

Recommended Route: The Great Legends Tour
 
Fall-off-the-bone ribs just off the Trans-Canada. This Tex-Mex themed resto also does good chicken. Large portions ensure you'll leave with a full tummy. 

Algoma Country

Sault Sainte Marie

Recommended Route: The Grand Algoma 
 
Located right in downtown Sault Ste. Marie with a patio and smoker on site, this is a perfect destination for the weary traveller looking to get their fill of BBQ and beer. 
 
Traditional pub serving pizza, ribs, wings and all the usual comfort food at affordable prices. Check their Facebook page for specials and evening entertainment.  

St. Joseph Island

Recommended Route: The Grand Algoma 
  
Acclaimed as an Island staple, it's a great place to grab a steak while cruising Algoma Country. They've got a diverse menu (including homemade fries and fresh fried fish) and a homey atmosphere.

Northwest Ontario

Kenora

Recommended Route: The Nor' Wester
 
Located on Rabbit Lake Road, just north of Kenora city centre and beautiful Lake of the Woods, this casual bar and restaurant has a choice menu with tasty daily specials. A perfect stop on a long Northern Ontario ride. 

Thunder Bay

 
Indulge your inner carnivore. Brisket, ribs, sandwiches, wings, meat shop....they've gained attention for some unique sandwich combos and meaty poutines that are a meal all their own. 

Vermilion Bay

Recommended Route: The Nor' Wester
 
Just west of Vermillion Bay on Highway 17 you'll see the signs (with moose antlers in the logo) for a place called Busters Barbecue. You may think your eyes and stomach are getting the best of you, but this is actually a really amazing BBQ restaurant way up north. With a Canadian twist on regional southern barbecue, this award-winning restaurant has been featured on the Food Network and has been winning top awards for almost 10 years. People come from all over to fill up on ribs and brisket and bring home some of the best sauces. Perfect stop for a day cruising in Ontario's Northwest. 

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Southern Ontario

Ontario's Southwest

Leamington

Recommended Route: Cruise the Coast
 
Classic ribhouse in Leamington with solid specials like Wednesday's 1/2 rack of ribs for $10 and Thursday's $5 wings. Check the restaurant for details and different specials throughout the year.

London

Recommended Route: Visit Middlesex Route
 
Excellent affordable BBQ joint known for its fast and friendly service. Lots of solid choices on the menu including the Z-man burger which comes with pulled pork and creamy garlic sauce. Great spot to stop in and fuel up for a ride.

St. Thomas

Recommended Route: Experience Elgin County
 
The best pulled pork sandwich in St. Thomas. Perfect place to watch the game and unwind from a day's riding in Ontario's Southwest. 

Charing Cross

Recommended Route: Ride the Windsor Essex Peninsula
Traylor Parkers
Ontario BBQ done the Texas way this popular spot is getting a lot of love from meat lovers across the province. Check out their smoke fried chicken wings. 

Windsor

 
Recently moved to a larger location to accommodate the number of locals coming back for more, this place is solid in all respects but the smoked meat is the real draw. Pulled pork, smoked wings, ribs and impressive sides, but most of all you've got to try the pulled pork sundae. 
 
Great ribs and a variety of sauces all at reasonable prices. The portion sizes are nothing to complain about either, but in case you are still hungry, they have 12 made-in-house desserts.  

Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington

Cambridge

As Cambridge's first smokehouse BBQ, this place has earned a reputation for serving up the most mouthwatering platters in the region. From the St. Louis Side Ribs to the Pulled Pork Platter, you can't really go wrong here. 

Kitchener-Waterloo 

Casual place with a unique take on favourite comfort foods. Suitable for both vegetarians and carnivores. Features are the homemade sauces, smoked meat poutine and a killer pulled pork sandwich.
 
Local fresh smoked meats and delicious sides. Load up on a Kentucky's meat platter, jambalaya, or melt-in-your-mouth fried chicken.
 
The Lancaster Smokehouse
This Kitchener favourite has a simple mission: keep it local, keep it fresh and homemade. All of their locally sourced meat is smoked over 100% Hickory hardwood using their own recipes for the rub and sauces. They use only the freshest ingredients and nearly all of the menu is made from scratch. Open Monday to Saturday. Watch for regular blues nights. 

Bruce Peninsula, Southern Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe

Barrie

Recommended Route: 5-Hour Lake Simcoe Tour
 
These guys have been at it for 20 years and have racked up over 50 BBQ championships for ribs, chicken and sauces. 

Collingwood

Recommended Route: Grey-Bruce Waterfall Tour
 
Offering traditional fare like smoked ribs, beef brisket and pulled pork alongside more adventurous numbers like smoked trout, smoked balls of meat, smoked beef short ribs, smoked portabella mushroom burger, wild boar bacon and smoke banana ice cream all in a casual atmosphere. The Smoke experience isn't complete without taking some time out on their patio to relax and wind down from a day's ride. 

Midland

Recommended Route: Georgian Bay Coastal Route
 
These guys specialize in Caribbean and Southern favourites, and some serious signature beef ribs that are smoked low and slow for over 8 hours. Customers rave about their amazing burgers and hand battered fish.

Port Elgin

 
Ideal spot for BBQ just off the shores of Lake Huron in downtown Port Elgin. Monday and Tuesday it's Rib  Night, Wednesdays are 1/2 price wings and Friday offers a steak special. Relax on the patio or in the cooler months you can warm up next to the fireplace.

Recommended Route: Cruise the Coast 

Brantford

With their sister restaurant operating out of Alabama, you can count on Camp 31 to serve real southern bar-b-que. Includes road-trip-worthy ribs, tremendous sides and homemade Iced Tea. This is one of the best BBQ joints this side of the 49th.
 
This place ahs something for everyone. Specials throughout the week including all-you-can-eat ribs on Wednesdays and a full Prime Rib dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Kids eat free on Sundays.
 
Feeding the meat-lovers of Brantford since 1937, Strodes has become famous for it's sausages and smoked kielbasa. They do everything from pulled pork to chicken schnitzel to lasagna. Everything is made fresh on-site. 

Hamilton

Serving southern BBQ and 50's drive-in classics, this is notable for its breakfast menu—try the Sausage Bacon Biscuits. The perfect way to start off a day before exploring the renowned riding roads between Winona and Lake Erie.
 
Fresh, local, beautiful BBQ done up right. Think slow-smoked local pork shoulders, jerk chicken tacos and 16-hour brisket, plus soulful sides that really stand out.

Milton 

Recommended Route: Forks of the Credit
 
Long-time source for Southern BBQ in the area. Winner of over 50 BBQ championships for ribs, chicken and sauces. Great food and lots of it. You will leave satisfied. 

Niagara

Recommended Route: Niagara Parkway

Niagara Falls

This is the place to go for a special dinner on a night out in the Niagara Region. With unlimited portions and 12 succulent cuts of meat carved at your table and a huge buffet, you can't go wrong here. Best cuts are the ribeye and beef bottom.

St. Catharines

Award-winning cherry wood smoked chicken wings, 12-hour smoked brisket, and rave reviews from customers: this place is definitely worth a stop.

York, Durham and the Hills of Headwaters

Bowmanville

Chip truck serving fries since 1971. Kick it up a notch with the rack of smoked baby back ribs or a pulled pork grilled cheese.

Orangeville

A casual dining experience in Grand Valley, just outside of Orangeville. Using all fresh ingredients and local meats has made it a very popular spot among the locals. The best is their hormone, antibiotic and additive-free, dry-aged for 21 days steaks. Serving an ever-evolving choice of cuts. 

Oshawa

The inspiration for putting this list together, this is THE place for motorcycling and BBQing in Ontario. With a huge weekly motorcycle cruise-in every Thursday at 5 pm, riders have been coming to this iconic landmark to meet and eat with friends for years. If you haven't been before, it's worth planning a trip around. As for the food, the name say it all. But why choose one over the other when you can have the best of both worlds with a Chicken & Rib Combo?
 
Nice little bistro in the 'schwa with good prices for good BBQ. Favourites are the pulled pork sandwich for lunch or the BBQ ribs for dinner.

port perry

After three years of winning so many awards at the various ribfests around the province, they've finally opened up a restaurant in Port Perry. Serving killer ribs, wings, sandwiches, sides and award-winning sauce, this place is a big favourite among the locals. Open Tuesday through Saturday.

Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes & Northumberland

Blue Mountain

 
The perfect place to break from an afternoon cruise in the Blue Mountain area. Rusty's is right at the base of the mountain, has a nice wooden decor and most important of all: the brisket sandwich is huge and really tasty. 

Brighton

Recommended Route: The Roads of Northumberland
 
With a big menu to please everyone and including a hand-cut AAA charbroiled New York Striploin streak, this classic resto is an easy choice for any group visiting the Kawarthas. 

Kawartha Lakes

Recommended Route: Where to Ride in the Kawarthas
 
Voted Lindsay's favourite Breakfast, Lunch and Family Restaurant, their ever-changing menu feature familiar standby's alongside unique creations like the "Revved-Up Rostis." A perfect side of the road stop.

Keene

Recommended Route: Where to Ride in the Kawarthas
 
With motorcycle parking, live music, amazing slow-cooked ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and specials throughout the season, this may be our favourite choice for Ontario BBQs. Only open from April to the end of December so make sure to get there as often as you can this season! 

Cornwall

 
A beloved family-owned family restaurant specializing in barbecued chicken and pizza for the classic small-town Ontario experience. 

Forest

 
A family-friendly restaurant with a menu to suit everyone's tastes including great chicken dinners and wings.  

Kingston

 
Kingston's favourite for wings. Also serving sandwiches, salads and appetizers, but it's the wings that keep people coming back for more. 

Ottawa and Countryside

Ottawa

Recommended Route: Ride the Ottawa Valley
   
Big portions of top-quality Canadian meats done right using Quebec maple and Ontario applewood in the smoker. From Jamaican jerk to Tennessee chicken they pay delicious homage to BBQ's roots. Favourite: Pulled Pork Sandwich.
 
This is a great place to watch the game and eat some dry rub ribs. They also have an All You Can Eat special every Monday from 4 pm till close.

Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley

Dorset

Recommended Route: The Highlands Fall Loop
 
Brisket, ribs, pulled pork, a homey atmosphere and great waterfront view. Try their signature Dorset Sweet and Smoky BBQ sauce.

MARMORA

Recommended Route: Riding and Relaxation
 
A chicken joint that knows what it's doing, they specialize in rotisserie chicken smothered in great sauces and a formidable sandwich and burger menu that keeps people coming back.


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