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Holy Smokez

Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on March 30, 2013 / review policy

Holy SmokezHoly Smokez won me over the second I walked in and was smacked in the face with a thick wall of smoke. It's an honest, no frills take-away counter with only half a dozen or so stools, that's serving up fingerlicking Southern Carolina and Texas style barbeque that's done on site over chunks of hickory wood.

Holy SmokezOwners, Rick and Robin McAllister opened this retail space to realize a 'bucket-list' dream after years of compliments on their home-smoked meats. The signature flavours perfected over years of informal testing. Rick calls customers 'Boss' and has my dad's sense of humour. When asked about the name, he tells me that most people react after a first bite with a "holy smokes that's good..." and it just kinda stuck.

When asked which sandwich is the star, the couple disagrees; for Rick, it's the Pulled Pork N' Slaw ($7.75), for Robin, it's the Cheese Steak ($7.99). The dry rub seasoning and signature BBQ sauce is the same on each beast, but the low and slow cooking draws out different natural flavours and infuses heavy doses of hickory scented smoke.

Holy SmokezThe pork comes topped in crunchy slaw; and, the cheese steak (actually, tender beef brisket) is doused in cheese sauce and sweet peppers. For those struggling to decide, the menu also boasts a double stacked, Evil Twin ($10.99) topped with a choice of any two meats (there's smoked sausage and chicken to choose from too).

Holy SmokezAlso available; a half rack of Spare Ribs ($7.99) meat falling of the bone, painted with sauce; and a full range of home style sides like, Baked Mac N' Cheese ($3.99) or loaves of sweet, jalapeno studded Cornbread ($2.50). Don't bother asking for fries -- because if it can't be BBQ'd, they don't do it here. But do, go ahead and add a couple strips of house smoked bacon to any sandwich for $1.

Holy SmokezI sample pretty much everything above, but can't finish even one thing. I especially like the brisket, but would next time skip the cheese and load it with peppers and sauteed onions ($0.50) instead. Luckily, everything is already packaged to go. The only thing I'm left wanting? Wet-Naps!!!

Holy SmokezTakeout orders are accept by phone or in person every day (except Sunday) from 11am until 8pm (9pm on weekends).

Holy SmokezPhotos by Morris Lum

Discussion

14 Comments

O.G. / March 30, 2013 at 10:35 am
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Looks like the real deal! Gonna have to mosey on by real soon!
JC / March 30, 2013 at 11:36 am
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Once again, we know that "meat falling off the bone" is a *bad*thing, right? Some restaurants, like Stack, got a review with this comment and it wasn't even true, and they still make a point of correcting statements like this. So, hopefully this is an expression, not the truth here. Given the owners seem to have their hearts in the right place, I'll assume that.
w-hat replying to a comment from JC / March 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm
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You just need to look at the picture of the ribs to see they aren't overdone JC. There's no flaky consistency. the meat is solid.
Sadie / March 30, 2013 at 03:08 pm
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Ohhhh my god, this place looks amazing. Definitely going to make the trek to check it out!
paul / March 30, 2013 at 05:20 pm
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hmm looks good, but don't they have a full rack (baby back)?
glenn storey / March 31, 2013 at 11:56 am
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and they're not flying a confederate flag. screw you hillbilly heaven, i'm going here.
Sandman / March 31, 2013 at 06:53 pm
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Now I have an excuse to visit my parents in 'sauga ! :)
Andrew / April 1, 2013 at 11:13 am
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These guys are my neighbors and are very nice and awesome people.

The food is great, worth the trip.
Lolo / April 2, 2013 at 03:07 pm
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just eat the beef brisket added some bacon and hot sauces to it and it was delicious, great sandwich.
Leona Mossman / April 5, 2013 at 06:46 pm
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I have know Robin & Rick for many years and so happy that they have been able to do this from their bucket list... Their bubbly personalities and great food... you can't go wrong with this place... wish you both years of success....
natalie / May 2, 2013 at 04:31 pm
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tried it for the first time today - had the Pulled Pork N' Slaw and was very happy! i will definitely be back!
Matt / May 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm
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Being that I am a "foodie" I tend to often judge and compare my meals. I never normally write reviews ( good or bad ) but this place was just too fantastic to not spread the word. I live right beside the place and had never heard of it until I downloaded the BlogTO app. It deserves recognition!

You can tell that the owners are passionate about creating fresh quality food and have pride in putting smiles in their customers faces. They told me that everything they sell is originally made by them except for the buns. One of the owners also offered me a sample of the coleslaw and pulled pork knowing I would like it an man was he right!

I ordered the pork n slaw sandwich as well as the cheese steak sandwich - both of which were standard sandwich pricing ($7-8) but were exceptionally delicious. The meat was tender, the buns were soft and fresh, and the BBQ sauce was unbelievable - so much so that I asked to buy a bottle but unfortunately they weren't sellin it "yet" but were considering it.

If you like your meat/bbqs this is a definite must. I went for the first time today for lunch and contemplated making anothe stop for dinner.

Anyway I will stop rambling, and you should stop reading and get going! After your first bite you will know why they called the place Holy Smokez.
Mista Saugan / May 5, 2013 at 11:26 pm
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All I have to say is that Ribfest doesn't need to come to Mississauga anymore. This place is great!
Mike / June 7, 2013 at 02:46 pm
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Got take out from there about a week ago. Great pulled pork sandwich, amazing brisket sandwich and really, really good ribs. The cornbread was a little meh and sweet for my taste but man oh man, the meats are great. They seem like nice people as well and service was quick.

Hmm.. might go back again tonight.

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