We’re all familiar with the concept of a BBQ, but we’re not talking about your backyard burgers and dogs here. We’re talking traditional Southern BBQ, where enormous slabs of meat are rubbed with spice, cooked for hours in a smoker until the meat is literally falling off the bone, then slathered in sweet smokey sauce as you struggle to keep yourself from drooling. Perhaps it took a while, but Montrealers have finally caught on to the fact that southern cooking is god damn delicious. Don’t bother driving down to Memphis for your next BBQ fix, you can get the real thing right here in Montreal, and not some cheap imitation.

Blackstrap

4436 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1W5

Looking for an authentic Memphis-style experience? Award-winning Pitmaster, Dylan Kier, cooks up classics just like they do it down south at Blackstrap BBQ in Verdun. Their pork spare ribs, beef brisket, turkey and whole chickens are more on the dryer side than saucy, but pack immense flavor after being rubbed in their secret spice rubs and cooked for hours over an apple and oak woods flame. You’ll probably want to try everything here, so you can opt for the Le Gros, which lets you sample all of their best offerings.

Moonshine BBQ

5625 Boulevard Decarie, H3W 3C7

When it comes to manly southern comfort, Moonshine BBQ is the place to go. Opened in July 2013 and headed by chef Fred Bouchard (also responsible for Montreal's Dirty Dogs) this place is serious about their BBQ. Equiped with a giant custom-made smoker from Missouri, their huge portions of ribs, chili and sides are made for someone with a hearty appetite for southern cooking.

Bofinger

NDG: 5667 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC

Dollard Des Ormeaux: 47 Brunswick Boulevard, Dollard-Des-Ormaux, QC

Parc Ave.: 5145 Ave. Parc, Montreal, QC

First opening in NDG in 2007, Bofinger has since opened at two others locations around Montreal. Their meat is slow cooked, but their service is fast, making Bofinger an easy choice for your next BBQ fix. They were one of the first restaurants to introduce true southern-style cooking to Montreal, and are still going strong! Plus they serve liquor at the DDO location now, so there's another reason to get your ass over there. They even have beef brisket and pulled pork poutine for you poutine fanatics.

Dinette Triple Crown

6704 Rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2S 3E9

It’s been said that this tiny restaurant in Little Italy does southern American better than most American restaurants! Getting rave reviews of the past year, even the most die-hard connoisseurs of southern cooking have been freaking out over the perfectly crispy fried chicken and BBQ beef brisket that is said to melt in your mouth. If anyone was doubting that Montreal could do Southern cooking the right way, Dinette Triple Crown will prove you wrong.

Le Boucan

1886 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H3J 1M6

Having been featured on Food Network's The Opener, Le Boucan has packed full every night since. The dining room resembles an old fashioned country barn and the entire menu is hand-written on tiles hanging over the bar. Their ribs and pork fat are outstanding but their crispy blackened BBQ chicken is the real  hero. If you're looking to sample all kinds of meaty BBQ treats, over a hearty beer, Le Boucan is for you.

Le Fumoir Rubs

17 Rue Prince Arthur Est, Montreal, QC

The smokey smell when you walk into this place will be enough to make you drool. With another location just opening up in Laval, Rubs Smokehouse, should be a definite stop on your next search for generous portions of slow cooked meat. They’re known for incredible pulled pork sandwiches, overflowing with meat and their BBQ ribs, done the proper southern way, and their homemade spicy sauces.

Icehouse

51 Roy East, Montreal, Quebec H2W 1L8,

If you’re into real casual dining, the Southern way, check out Icehouse, serving fish, pulled pork, and beef tacos, spicy meat and bean burritos, and all kinds of delicious sides. It’s so casual in fact, that when you order the bucket of fried chicken or BBQ ribs, they dump the whole thing onto a paper towel right on your table!

Diablos

1693 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K4

If you’re looking for some of the best BBQ ribs in Montreal, head down to Diablos. Serving up all kinds of southern fare like fried chicken, ribs, coleslaw, cornbread, mac n' cheese they've become a staple of Montreal BBQ joints. But the menu doesn’t stop there, they’ve got everything from burgers to nachos, chicken wings and some great fruity cocktails. Don’t bother taking that trip to the south next summer, just head down to Diablo’s pal!

Hwang Kum

5908 Rue Sherbrooke W Montréal, QC H4A 1X7

This may not be an American-style BBQ spot, but if you've ever tried Korean BBQ, you'll know that the Galbi (beef short ribs) at Hwang Kum are a force to be reckoned with. They specialize in all kinds of korean dishes but are known for the BBQ above all, earning them a rightful place on this list.

Pas D’cochon Dans Mon Salon

Food Truck

This popular food truck, opened by  Samuel Pinard, Jean-Sébastien Thomas, Julien Hébert Bouchard et Samuel Fortier-Auclair from La Salle a Manger, has already been featured on the Food Network's Eat St, after only one year of opperation. Their specialty is the mighty pulled pork sandwich, but they also serve other offerings like raw oysters and BBQ chicken. Their meat is slow-cooked to perfection in giant BBQ smoker which they carry around with them in the truck. Unfortunately you’ll have to wait until the summer rolls around to try this one, but it’s most certainly worth it.

http://pasdcochondansmonsalon.com/

Romados

115 Rue Rachel Est

Want to go where you can cheaply chomp down on mouth watering rotisserie chicken? This is BBQ done Portuguese style. You can find everything from full chickens to finely machete-cut legs and breasts (served either on the bone or in a sandwich).

Written by Amanda Fulginiti, see more of her work here

Deville Dinerbar

1425 Rue Stanley

If the hot pink LED lights don’t attract you, the menu surely will. Servings are large, ingredients fresh and clean, and the quality high. The Adam’s Ribs are maple smoked, slow cooked and glazed in their root beer BBQ sauce, which may have you unbuttoning your pants, but it will surely be worth it.

Written by Amanda Fulginiti, see more of her work here

Kitchenette

1353 Rene Levesque Boulevard

This resto is brought to you by the Houston-born Chef Nick Hodge who offers his spin on classic Texas BBQ and southern styled dishes. While it does not offer a strictly barbecue menu, they do grill some of the most outstanding steaks, spare ribs, and brisket in Montreal.

Written by Amanda Fulginiti, see more of her work here

Taverne Gaspar

89 Rue de la Commune East

This restaurant serves up BBQ in a building over 150 years old. While it may have a historic vibe, its food sure has a modern appeal. Gaspar is famous for their BBQ bacon burger with cheese and their Jim Beam sauce. Hard to beat their tavern burger with manchego cheese and pork since more is always better, right?

Written by Amanda Fulginiti, see more of her work here

Which is your favourite Montreal BBQ joint?

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