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Where to Get American Barbecue in Montreal

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There may be more poutine and shish taouk pushers on certain Montreal blocks than traditional Southern barbecue restaurants in the entire city, but a few devoted pitmasters have toughed it out and won favour with the masses. This map shows were to taste their creations.

Note that this map only includes American-style barbecue spots (sorry, Chalet Bar-B-Q), and it does not feature non-barbecue, Southern-style restaurants — for example, Dinette Triple Crown known for its fried chicken and Southern Appalachian foods or Bistro Nolah, which specializes in Cajun fare.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Smokebox Fumoir & BBQ

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4720 Boul Saint-Jean, Montréal
QC H9H 4B2, Canada
(514) 620-0814
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At this new West Island smokehouse, AAA brisket is the star, served as either the centrepiece of the barbecue feast, a sandwich filling, or atop a mac and cheese. Also available: St. Louis-style ribs, jalapeño and cheddar cornbread, chicken wings, and lots more.

2. Rubs BBQ Americain

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4745 Boulevard Dagenais O W, Laval
QC H7R 1L7, Canada
(450) 962-7827
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Rubs’ menu runs the gamut: Kool-Aid fried pickles, jalapeño poppers, bloomin’ onions, nachos, poutine, sandwiches, burgers. Barbecue purists may want to concentrate on Rubs’s signatures, however, from brisket to St. Louis ribs.

3. Bofinger BBQ

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5667 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H4A 1W6, Canada
(514) 369-6969
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Expect heaping servings of meats cooked slow and low for hours, with choice of accompanying sauce: Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, Memphis, “crazy spicy,” or BBQ honey. It’s also got a fine selection of fairly priced, and generously stacked, sandwiches of the smoked sausage, portobello, po’ boy, and club variety.

4. Le SH Moonshine BBQ

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4370 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1R8, Canada
(514) 938-5333
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The newest addition to this list (though technically a revival of an old name — and its tried-and-true recipes — under new ownership), Le SH Moonshine BBQ brings a Québécois inflection to American-style barbecue, with meat slow-cooked for up to 16 hours over maple, cherry, and hickory woods. Poutine, salads, tater tots, and more available for pairing.

5. Aylwin Barbecue

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138 Atwater, Montreal
QC H4C 1Y9, Canada
(514) 224-3129
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This small but mighty player on Montreal's barbecue scene is a stand at the Atwater Market, with St-Louis style ribs and multi-meat platters for the intensely hunger-stricken.

6. Diablos BBQ Smokehouse

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17 Rue Prince-Arthur E, Montréal
QC H2X 1B2, Canada
(514) 564-8666
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This self-styled classic Southern restaurant and bar dabbles in poutine and fried chicken, but the sampling plate, The Dixie Platter (with baby back ribs, brisket, fried chicken, and pulled pork) is the flagship menu item here.

7. Le Boucan

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1886 rue Notre-Dame-Ouest, Montreal
QC H3J 1M6, Canada
(514) 439-4555
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Griffintown's Le Boucan serves up racks of ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and sides like nachos, poutine, smoked tomato soup, and wings — and some vegetarian-friendly barbecue options, too.

8. Blackstrap BBQ

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4436 rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1W6, Canada
(514) 507-6772
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Couple Clara Barron and Dylan Kier own and operate what is, for many, Montreal's first name in barbecue. Kier, a fixture on the competition circuit, with plenty hardware to show for it, is the city's most dedicated, and visible pitmaster.

9. Lattuca Barbecue

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15, rue de la Commune Ouest, Montreal
QC H2Y 2C6, Canada
(514) 246-1680
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John Lattuca is first and foremost a Texas brisket man, but his namesake barbecue restaurant in Old Montreal dabbles in other meats and styles as well. Lattuca's website says that he “honed his craft of developing award-winning barbecue flavours by travelling 40,000 miles throughout the United States and eating a lot of barbecue as a judge at the finest competition events in North America.”

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1. Smokebox Fumoir & BBQ

4720 Boul Saint-Jean, Montréal, QC H9H 4B2, Canada

At this new West Island smokehouse, AAA brisket is the star, served as either the centrepiece of the barbecue feast, a sandwich filling, or atop a mac and cheese. Also available: St. Louis-style ribs, jalapeño and cheddar cornbread, chicken wings, and lots more.

4720 Boul Saint-Jean, Montréal
QC H9H 4B2, Canada

2. Rubs BBQ Americain

4745 Boulevard Dagenais O W, Laval, QC H7R 1L7, Canada

Rubs’ menu runs the gamut: Kool-Aid fried pickles, jalapeño poppers, bloomin’ onions, nachos, poutine, sandwiches, burgers. Barbecue purists may want to concentrate on Rubs’s signatures, however, from brisket to St. Louis ribs.

4745 Boulevard Dagenais O W, Laval
QC H7R 1L7, Canada

3. Bofinger BBQ

5667 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H4A 1W6, Canada

Expect heaping servings of meats cooked slow and low for hours, with choice of accompanying sauce: Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, Memphis, “crazy spicy,” or BBQ honey. It’s also got a fine selection of fairly priced, and generously stacked, sandwiches of the smoked sausage, portobello, po’ boy, and club variety.

5667 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H4A 1W6, Canada

4. Le SH Moonshine BBQ

4370 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1R8, Canada

The newest addition to this list (though technically a revival of an old name — and its tried-and-true recipes — under new ownership), Le SH Moonshine BBQ brings a Québécois inflection to American-style barbecue, with meat slow-cooked for up to 16 hours over maple, cherry, and hickory woods. Poutine, salads, tater tots, and more available for pairing.

4370 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1R8, Canada

5. Aylwin Barbecue

138 Atwater, Montreal, QC H4C 1Y9, Canada

This small but mighty player on Montreal's barbecue scene is a stand at the Atwater Market, with St-Louis style ribs and multi-meat platters for the intensely hunger-stricken.

138 Atwater, Montreal
QC H4C 1Y9, Canada

6. Diablos BBQ Smokehouse

17 Rue Prince-Arthur E, Montréal, QC H2X 1B2, Canada

This self-styled classic Southern restaurant and bar dabbles in poutine and fried chicken, but the sampling plate, The Dixie Platter (with baby back ribs, brisket, fried chicken, and pulled pork) is the flagship menu item here.

17 Rue Prince-Arthur E, Montréal
QC H2X 1B2, Canada

7. Le Boucan

1886 rue Notre-Dame-Ouest, Montreal, QC H3J 1M6, Canada

Griffintown's Le Boucan serves up racks of ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and sides like nachos, poutine, smoked tomato soup, and wings — and some vegetarian-friendly barbecue options, too.

1886 rue Notre-Dame-Ouest, Montreal
QC H3J 1M6, Canada

8. Blackstrap BBQ

4436 rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1W6, Canada

Couple Clara Barron and Dylan Kier own and operate what is, for many, Montreal's first name in barbecue. Kier, a fixture on the competition circuit, with plenty hardware to show for it, is the city's most dedicated, and visible pitmaster.

4436 rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1W6, Canada

9. Lattuca Barbecue

15, rue de la Commune Ouest, Montreal, QC H2Y 2C6, Canada
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John Lattuca is first and foremost a Texas brisket man, but his namesake barbecue restaurant in Old Montreal dabbles in other meats and styles as well. Lattuca's website says that he “honed his craft of developing award-winning barbecue flavours by travelling 40,000 miles throughout the United States and eating a lot of barbecue as a judge at the finest competition events in North America.”

15, rue de la Commune Ouest, Montreal
QC H2Y 2C6, Canada

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