Ribs Toronto

The Best Ribs in Toronto

The best ribs in Toronto are the irresistible by-product of obsession, patience, flawless technique and recipes worth their weight in saucy, smoked, lip-slicking meat. A food that people dream about, chase, that ignites opinions and garners legions of fans, barbecue ribs are a classic best made by cooks with the nerve and wisdom to get them right.

Here's where to find the best ribs in Toronto.


Beach Hill Smokehouse
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Beach Hill Smokehouse

If you're new to central Texas BBQ, seek it out at this spot in the Upper Beaches and Bloor West Village. Here, pork ribs are rubbed with spices then cooked over indirect heat from pecan or oak wood until they're succulent and smoky with just the right amount of chew. Visit when beef ribs are available for the full experience.

Cherry Street Bar-B-Que
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Cherry Street Bar-B-Que

It's worth dropping in for a meal of St. Louis-style spare ribs made at this casual barbecue house in the Port Lands. Smoked over white oak and aggressively seasoned, every morsel is crisp and tender, the fatty meat rendered rich and seductive and entirely impossible to ignore.


Smoque N' Bones Baldwin Village
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Smoque N' Bones Baldwin Village

Dishes draw on a number of Southern influences, techniques and flavours at this restaurant in West Queen West and Baldwin Village. Ribs — side, baby back, beef chuck or beef back — are seasoned with signature spice rub and glazed in spicy, sweet sauce with extra served alongside for those who like things messy.

Northern Smokes
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Northern Smokes

Halal meats are transformed by fire, smoke, spice and love at this unassuming Scarborough spot. Anointed with tangy, thick house barbecue sauce, meat falls off beef back ribs into tempting morsels. Feeling ravenous? Order the dino short ribs for more meat per inch.


Benny's Barbecue
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Benny's Barbecue

From Wednesday to Saturday, barbecue fiends pile into this simple spot at Yonge & Eglinton for the type of meat dreams are made of. Choose between St Louis-style side ribs and baby back ribs, knowing that whichever you choose will deliver sticky, sweet, finger-licking satisfaction.


Dang Smoke BBQ
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Dang Smoke BBQ

Follow the scent of slow-smoked meat to this takeout shop in Leslieville, where a passion for barbecue translates to seriously delicious food. Using a signature Memphis dry rub and judicious smoking, owner Dang Quach creates enviable bark on each and every pork back rib he touches.

Barque Smokehouse
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Barque Smokehouse

Whether it's the relaxed hospitality, the fastidious attention to quality or the smoked ribs, this Roncesvalles Village barbecue restaurant has been a go-to since it opened in 2011. Whichever way you like them — basted with classic barbecue sauce or thoroughly rubbed with lemon pepper or 5-spice honey garlic seasoning, the team's baby back ribs are a must-have on every table.


Stack Restaurant
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Stack Restaurant

Using a smoker built in Mesquite, Texas, the team at this buzzing spot at Yonge & Lawrence cranks out plate after plate of quality barbecue. Zingy Jack Daniels sauce and eons in the smoker yield burnished baby backs that are sticky, sweet, and best sided with beer and a towering stack of wet wipes.

The Bull BBQ Pit
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The Bull BBQ Pit

It's easy to get lost in the bloated menu at this Corso Italia spot. Instead, hone in on slow-cooked baby back ribs slathered in kicky house barbecue sauce. Pub grub is easy to come by but fall-off-the-bone barbecue greatness is a much rarer commodity.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Beach Hill Smokehouse. Additional photos, @halalfoodjunkie at Northern Smokes, @dangsmokebbq, @thebullbbqpit


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