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The Best Ribs in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 15, 2015

Ribs TorontoThe best ribs in Toronto can seduce potential patrons in from the street with wafting scents of smoke and slow cooked meat. Whether pork or beef, these ribs are pit master-worthy creations ready to be enjoyed with a pile of wet naps near by.

Here are the best ribs in Toronto.

See Also: The best BBQ restaurants in Toronto

Hogtown Smoke

Hogtown Smoke

Smoke infused St. Louis spare ribs ($30-$48), baby back ribs ($30-$48), and mammoth juicy chuck beef ribs ($30 each order) are all on the menu at this smokehouse in The Beaches. Expect tender meat that clings just slightly to the bone and are so good that sauce need only be applied sparingly. More »

Barque

Barque

Baby back ribs at this BBQ joint on Roncy are available in three different styles. Options include the herb-encrusted dry rub, sticky sweet heat, and a classic rubbed, smoked then basted version. Order a la carte by the rack ($30), half rack ($21), or in a sampler ($33) featuring one third of each flavour. More »

The Stockyards

The Stockyards

Hardwood smoked ribs come out of the smoker at 5pm on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays at this St. Clair establishment. Get there early to secure your bounty of thick meaty pork ribs before they sell out (which they do). Order whole racks for $30 or a half rack for $15. More »

Buster Rhino's

Buster Rhino's

Ribs at Buster Rhino's are lovingly dry rubbed, slow smoked for hours, and never ever masked by sauce. These babies are served au natural with optional championship sauces always on the side. Full racks with a side dish included sell for $26, while a half rack costs $20. More »

Electric Mud

Electric Mud

When it comes to ribs at Parkdale's deep South inspired smokehouse, you'll be tasked with choosing between meaty Carolina style pork side ribs ($14.50), thick cowboy beef ribs (MP), and saucy, jalapeño-spiked rib ends ($8). All are are sensational - there's no real way to go wrong. More »

Big Crow

Big Crow

Pull up a seat at the long communal picnic tables at this backyard BBQ-inspired restaurant on Dupont and roll up your sleeves to devour these baby back ribs painted with cherry tomato and basil pesto. A full slab for $32, while a half slab will set you back $17. More »

Aft

Aft

This kitchen and bar on Queen East in Riverside does slow smoked side pork ribs for $19 served as a complete meal with slaw and cowboy baked beans. This ribs are thick, peel-off-the-bone specimens that come glazed in a lip-smacking bourbon BBQ sauce. More »

Memphis BBQ

Memphis BBQ

Slow smoked ribs slathered in a deep hued molasses-based sauce are a menu favourite at this divey Woodbridge roadhouse. Order rib dinners by the full rack ($22) or by the bone in multiples of three ($9.75-$18.95) - each comes with fries, slaw, beans and corn bread on the side. More »

The Carbon Bar

The Carbon Bar

Seasoned simply with Italian sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, the thick, juicy St. Louis cut pork ribs ($21) at this Queen East restaurant are smoked over white oak and then mopped with a sweet and spicy cider reduction just before they're served. More »

Lou Dawg's

Lou Dawg's

Lou's two locations serve up flavourful, smoke-infused St. Louis style ribs that are finished with the smoky house BBQ sauce. Each order is served with a side of slaw, and available in half racks for $14, while a full rack goes for $27. More »

Stack Restaurant

Stack Restaurant

Tender meaty baby back ribs are double smoked in the pit and then brushed with a choice of sauces. A regular order including fries, slaw and smoky molasses beans costs $20, while the heartier, "Stack" size sells for $30. More »

Greenwood Smokehouse

Greenwood Smokehouse

Dry-dusted or double sauced rib tips sell for $10 each order. Pork ribs thoroughly glazed in Memphis barbecue sauce are finished with a dusting of paprika and are available by the half rack for $15 or full rack for $25. More »

Discussion

38 Comments

PC / May 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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Agreed - Lou Dawgs is pretty bad.

Too bad Marky & Sparky's closed, although they've re-opened as just Marky's on Jane. Best pork ribs in the city!

I wish the Stockyards were actually #3 material. Sadly, they are not.

Barque's beef ribs are my favourite in the city for sure.

Can't wait to try Buster Rhino's when they open in Toronto - heard many good things!
PC / May 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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Forgot to mention Baju BBQ - everything is really good there and the pork ribs are no exception!
aDawg / May 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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Big Crow? Easily some of the worst ribs I've ever had - dry as f@#k, flavourless and overpriced. Barque's ribs weren't bad, but were barely warm when they arrived at our table. I wanted to hate Electric Mud, but I actually quite enjoyed their ribs. Pretty meaty and juicy, with a nice smoke ring, if a little pricy for what you get. Can't wait to try all the others, particularly Buster Rhinos. And what's with those prices at Hogtown Smoke? They seem beyond exorbitant!
yup / May 15, 2015 at 12:23 pm
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AFT is sublime !

Their brisket is considerably better than anywhere else.

Save your counterpoints gang.
Dadbod / May 15, 2015 at 12:24 pm
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^^ Baju BBQ has the best BBQ in this town, let alone ribs. This list is garbage
whatabout / May 15, 2015 at 12:25 pm
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lou dawgs on the list but nary a mention of AAA??

what's the deal?
Dan / May 15, 2015 at 12:30 pm
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I'm with @whatabout: if Triple A isn't on this list, it needs a do-over.
Kloche / May 15, 2015 at 12:37 pm
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As a longtime downtown dweller, I am no fan of tourist traps. But a co-worker visiting from Vancouver chose Big Daddys on King for dinner. When I ordered their ribs, I was so surprised by how good they were. So SucculENT! The meat fell of the bone and the sauce was perfect. It was a big platter and I had a large amount of food leftover. But I accidently left it behind in the restaurant.

Once in a while, I will curse myself over making that mistake.

And agree with everyone on Lou Dawgs, everything they serve is over sauced and just full of vinegar.
R. / May 15, 2015 at 01:00 pm
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Im a total west end hipster, but I will make absolutely make the trip out to the beaches to eat at the Hogtown Smoke.
Jason Cowell / May 15, 2015 at 01:05 pm
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Buster Rhinos hands down. And and Greenwood Smokehouse needs to come OFF. I now know what it's like to lick an ashtray.
Chris / May 15, 2015 at 01:11 pm
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No mention of Baju? Best ribs in town, no question about it.
update replying to a comment from Hot Farts / May 15, 2015 at 01:30 pm
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You mean Swiss Pigeon.
se replying to a comment from PC / May 15, 2015 at 01:32 pm
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Buster Rhinos have opened their Toronto location. Drop everything and go immediately! It's delicious.
Big B / May 15, 2015 at 01:34 pm
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Buster Rhinos is in my opinion the best and true southern style that are not braised and wet. You can get them dry with sauce on the side and dip.. The true test of a rib is how it tastes when it isnt hidden by sauce.
links / May 15, 2015 at 01:49 pm
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Carbon bar is totally worthy of any rib list. I think about how good they are at least once a week. Need to go back soon!
LC / May 15, 2015 at 02:16 pm
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Those who know, choose Foxley.
paul / May 15, 2015 at 02:31 pm
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Out of that list, tried about 7 of them. And even thou not in "TO" Memphis BBq on Islington is by far the best and good priced.
MrsP / May 15, 2015 at 03:33 pm
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lou dawgs? YUCKO. The ribs are dried up bones.
How that place survives is beyond me.
Dean Tudor / May 15, 2015 at 04:00 pm
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Sorry, the only good ribs are pork SIDE ribs, smoked and BBQed. Only those places with side ribs qualify...
Ryan / May 15, 2015 at 04:14 pm
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I have not tried most of these places but Barque is really really good. All of their meat is delicious and their sides are quite tasty as well. on top of that they have some good desert options, mostly home made. A big plus is that they have bartenders who know how to make really good drinks.
aDawg replying to a comment from Dean Tudor / May 15, 2015 at 04:18 pm
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According to you... Snob.
Kev / May 15, 2015 at 05:06 pm
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Absolutely shocked that smoke bourbon isn't mentioned here! I guess it's still a bit of a hidden gem but their baby back ribs are the best I've had in the city. As is their brisket and many other items. Smoke bourbon. So goodm
Kelly / May 15, 2015 at 07:49 pm
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I finally tried Barque last week, and was so disappointed at how overcooked the ribs were. Fall off the bone, they were not. Servers were great though.
Rick / May 15, 2015 at 09:19 pm
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My vote is for either Baton Rouge ribs or Swiss Chalet.
Fast, inexpensive, and hits the spot every time.
Dont really care for overpaying at one of these places, although the pulled pork and smoked pop-corn at barque is pretty re-dic.
tinfoil_tiara / May 16, 2015 at 12:33 am
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Trinity Common's ribs were incredibly good. They are probably too new to make this list but they should be on it. No slathered BBQ sauce, just a ridiculously delicious dry rub and smokey, juicy meaty ribs.
JC / May 16, 2015 at 08:31 am
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If one thing is a personal taste, it's ribs. The predictable range of complaints about the list, plus some truly awful suggestions that are "missing", but at least this is useful to explore. We recently moved to a workplace in Roncy and I'm looking forward to trying out Barque. Lou Dawg I've never cared for, no matter what the dish. Sugary and overly heavy. I love me my Stockyards to death, but I must admit not particularly crazy about the ribs. It's the recipe - they are a consistent place with quality food, I just find the ribs a bit dry and lacking in flavour. Stack is great.
Mal / May 16, 2015 at 10:44 am
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Bit disappointed with Stockyards, not worthy of #3 and Lou Dawgs should not be on this list they were some of the worst ribs I've ever had.
Mask / May 16, 2015 at 06:23 pm
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I do like Swiss Chalet ribs as well. They're not the all time greatest, but they are good priced right and consistent, you know what your getting everytime. But I also do like some of the places listed here too
ce / May 17, 2015 at 10:53 am
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I have been to 420SmokeHouse..awesome ribs, smoked meat, pulled pork and great BRUNCH..Definitely worth a trip to Cabbagetown
zach / May 17, 2015 at 12:58 pm
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for some original stick the bone rib's: bill's pit
Guest / May 19, 2015 at 12:26 am
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I found the ribs at Barque's a little disappointing. The ones at Stockyards though were incredible. Haven't tried either Hogtown Smoke or Buster Rhino's yet.
Alex K / May 27, 2015 at 12:19 pm
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Greenwood Smokehouse causes some serious gut-rot. Not sure if it's the slaw note being stored right or what, in any case avoid (they're not that great anyways)
chris butler / May 29, 2015 at 04:11 pm
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Hogtown smoke was very disappointing.
The corn bread was good as was the baked beans and deep friend cheese curds. The ribs were unremarkable and the brisket tasted like it was sliced roast beef from the supermarket that came into contact with liquid smoke at some point. I was hoping for delicious saucy ribs. Currently I would eat the ribs at swiss chalet before I returned to hogtown smoke.
James / May 30, 2015 at 12:16 am
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How is Swiss Chalet not on this list?
Poznan / June 1, 2015 at 03:02 pm
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I love Big Cow ! :)
armin / June 3, 2015 at 09:00 pm
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lou dawg's is a great place for pulled pork sandwiches but not ribs
smoque n bones is a great new joint on queen w
Mary / June 3, 2015 at 09:46 pm
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Barque Beef ribs are the best in the city.. baby back ribs.. good but not amazing
BBQLover / July 17, 2015 at 10:54 am
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Hogtown smoke is great. Smoke Bourbon BBQ on Harbord is better. FYI, Memphis Fire in Winona is the best in Ontario.

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