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Where to Dig Into American Barbecue in Montreal

10 smokin' spots for brisket, ribs, and all the fixin’s

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There may be more poutine pushers on certain blocks of Montreal than there are traditional Southern barbecue restaurants in the entire city, but a few devoted pitmasters have won favour with the masses. Here’s where to taste their creations.

Note: This map only includes American-style barbecue spots (sorry, Chalet Bar-B-Q and Dak Hing). It also doesn’t feature non-barbecue, Southern-style restaurants, such as Dinette Triple Crown known for its fried chicken and Southern Appalachian fare, or Bistro Nolah, which specializes in Cajun foods.

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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 West Island smokehouse, AAA brisket is the star — served as the centrepiece to your barbecue spread, as 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, blooming onions, nachos, poutine, sandwiches, and burgers. Barbecue purists will want to concentrate on Rubs’ signatures though, including its brisket and 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 low and slow for hours, with your 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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Among the newer additions to the cohort (though technically a revival of an old name under new ownership), Le SH Moonshine BBQ brings a local inflection to American-style barbecue, with meat slow-cooked for up to 16 hours over maple, cherry, and hickory wood. Poutine, salads, tater tots, and more are available as sides.

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 smokehouse scene got its start in an Hochelaga-Maisonneuve alleyway and is now (thankfully) a recurring stall at the Atwater Market. Expect St-Louis-style ribs, succulent brisket served by the half pound, and a mac and cheese for the books.

6. Icehouse

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51 Rue Roy E, Montréal
QC H2W 2S3, Canada
(514) 439-6691
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This Plateau fixture is celebrated for its mouthwatering fried chicken and various Tex-Mex staples, including refried black bean burritos and hard-shell ground beef tacos, but it also offers up some barbecue faves. There’s a mustardy smoked brisket sandwich, some Dr. Pepper-slathered pork ribs, and pulled pork given the Tex-Mex treatment: It’s joined with pimento cheese and salsa roja in a bun.

7. 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 Southern restaurant and bar dabbles in poutine and fried chicken, but its sampling plate, called “The Dixie Platter,” is its flagship menu item. It includes pork and beef ribs, fried chicken, pulled pork, and choice of side.

8. 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, and smoked tomato soup — plus some vegetarian-friendly barbecue options, like hickory-smoked tofu and pulled jackfruit.

9. Blackstrap BBQ

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4436 rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1W6, Canada
(514) 507-6772
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Dylan Kier, one of the city’s most dedicated pitmasters, runs this award-wining decade-old Verdun operation, which many consider to be Montreal’s finest in the barbecue department. It’s approach is Memphis-style, with meats dry-rubbed and slow-cooked, but its reinterpretation of local favourite poutine, featuring brisket burnt ends, is another reason to visit.

10. 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 explores other meats and styles, and does so just as well. And how could he not? Lattuca has travelled 40,000 miles around the US eating and judging barbecue for a number of competitions.

1. Smokebox Fumoir & BBQ

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

At this West Island smokehouse, AAA brisket is the star — served as the centrepiece to your barbecue spread, as 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, blooming onions, nachos, poutine, sandwiches, and burgers. Barbecue purists will want to concentrate on Rubs’ signatures though, including its brisket and 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 low and slow for hours, with your 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

Among the newer additions to the cohort (though technically a revival of an old name under new ownership), Le SH Moonshine BBQ brings a local inflection to American-style barbecue, with meat slow-cooked for up to 16 hours over maple, cherry, and hickory wood. Poutine, salads, tater tots, and more are available as sides.

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 smokehouse scene got its start in an Hochelaga-Maisonneuve alleyway and is now (thankfully) a recurring stall at the Atwater Market. Expect St-Louis-style ribs, succulent brisket served by the half pound, and a mac and cheese for the books.

138 Atwater, Montreal
QC H4C 1Y9, Canada

6. Icehouse

51 Rue Roy E, Montréal, QC H2W 2S3, Canada

This Plateau fixture is celebrated for its mouthwatering fried chicken and various Tex-Mex staples, including refried black bean burritos and hard-shell ground beef tacos, but it also offers up some barbecue faves. There’s a mustardy smoked brisket sandwich, some Dr. Pepper-slathered pork ribs, and pulled pork given the Tex-Mex treatment: It’s joined with pimento cheese and salsa roja in a bun.

51 Rue Roy E, Montréal
QC H2W 2S3, Canada

7. Diablos BBQ Smokehouse

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

This Southern restaurant and bar dabbles in poutine and fried chicken, but its sampling plate, called “The Dixie Platter,” is its flagship menu item. It includes pork and beef ribs, fried chicken, pulled pork, and choice of side.

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

8. 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, and smoked tomato soup — plus some vegetarian-friendly barbecue options, like hickory-smoked tofu and pulled jackfruit.

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

9. Blackstrap BBQ

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

Dylan Kier, one of the city’s most dedicated pitmasters, runs this award-wining decade-old Verdun operation, which many consider to be Montreal’s finest in the barbecue department. It’s approach is Memphis-style, with meats dry-rubbed and slow-cooked, but its reinterpretation of local favourite poutine, featuring brisket burnt ends, is another reason to visit.

4436 rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1W6, Canada

10. Lattuca Barbecue

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

John Lattuca is first and foremost a Texas brisket man, but his namesake barbecue restaurant in Old Montreal explores other meats and styles, and does so just as well. And how could he not? Lattuca has travelled 40,000 miles around the US eating and judging barbecue for a number of competitions.

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

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