In the mood for some southern barbecue? Despite being over a thousand miles from the deep south, Montreal has some seriously good BBQ eats. From a classic barbecue experience at Lattuca to Tex Mex at Icehouse, check out this list of the best BBQ restaurants in Montreal.
As the name suggests, Diablos offers some serious BBQ food. If you’re looking for smoky and saucy food, this is the place for you. Whatever you do, don’t miss their pulled pork or their spicy fried chicken. It truly tastes as if it came straight from your grandpa’s grill in Louisiana. Even better, Diablos has a great patio in the summertime that sprawls right out onto Saint Laurent Boulevard.
Three words: world champion brisket. The brisket at Lattuca BBQ in Old Port is award winning for a reason. Born and raised in Montreal, John Lattuca was inspired by the wood burning fire method of cooking that originates in Texas. Fall off the bone spare ribs that have been cooking for 14 hours? Yes, please!
A hidden gem in the heart of Little Italy, Dinette Triple Crown offers incredible BBQ grub any day of the week. Though you might not think a restaurant in Little Italy would specialize in such cuisine, rest assured, this joint serves up all of your favourite Southern comfort dishes. Mac and cheese and fried chicken are must-haves, but they also have more traditional BBQ options on their menu, like brisket and pulled pork. A major bonus is that the restaurant is located across the street from Little Italy Park, and if you ask in advance, they will pack up your order in a picnic basket complete with cutlery and a blanket, so you can enjoy your meal under the hot summer sun.
A traditional deli and barbecue joint rolled into one, Hawgs Deli makes some of the finest BBQ in Montreal. Located in Saint Leonard, go to Hawgs Deli if you’re looking for large portions of your favourite foods slathered in barbecue sauce. Think ribs, chicken wings, and lots and lots of coleslaw.
A mix of Tex-mex and southern BBQ, this hipster joint in the heart of the Plateau is the perfect venue if you’re looking for a low-key night out. Icehouse offers up classics like fried chicken and spare ribs (literally referred to as a “bucket of ribs” on the menu). For those in a Tex-mex mood, the restaurant also serves burritos and tacos with a variety of tender and spicy meat fillings.
Le Boucan has a small, simple menu, but each dish is more delicious than the last. With starters like smoked tomato soup, cajun shrimp, and mac and cheese, and main courses like pulled pork poutine, an Alabama style chicken sandwich, and a 5-napkin burger (it’s really that messy), this is a great place to be for BBQ lovers.
Blackstrap BBQ offers so many BBQ options, you won’t know where to begin. It’s got the usual brisket, pulled pork, and barbecue chicken, but it also has a few standout dishes that you won’t find anywhere else in Montreal. If you’re in the mood for a unique BBQ experience, you have to order the “burnt ends” poutine or the jerk chicken wings. Alternatively, if you’re looking to share with a large group, go for Le Gros. It comes with all the BBQ fixings you could ever dream of.