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Southern Barbecue

To Eat Southern, Go North: Ottawa’s Newest BBQ Joint

Photo by Shawna Wagman

Ottawa’s brand-new Fatboys Southern Smokehouse, opened last week, serves up American-style slow-cooked Southern barbecue and all the fixin’s (fried green tomatoes included) in the Byward Market shopping and dining district.

These days, it seems the city has its choice of pulled pork, brisket and coleslaw, with the SmoQue Shack barbecue joint just a few doors down.

Who knew Canada’s capital city was so southern?

See the full story at OttawaMagazine.com.

Hot Dining: Southern Comfort

The Stockyards' porchetta sandwich with rapini

The scent of wood smoke and the sight of meat falling off bone will have you salivating at these local barbecue joints.

1. The city’s newest smokehouse, Barque (299 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-532-7700), presents a lighter, more refined take on favourites like baby back ribs ($18 for a half rack, $26 for full), without sacrificing authenticity—much of the menu comes courtesy of a huge smoker imported from Tennessee.

2. Pit master Phil Nyman has been a student of barbecue’s many styles—from Texas “wet” to the dry Memphis variety—for more than 20 years. His devotion shows in such dishes as beef brisket ($16.50) and pulled pork ($15) at Phil’s Original BBQ.

3. Apple and hickory are the smoking woods of choice at The Stockyards (699 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-658-9666), which offers South Carolina-style barbecue, plus other options like fried chicken ($14), burgers ($7 to $14) and a porchetta sandwich ($10).