With the cold weather behind us, it’s time to gear up for the most wonderful time of the year: BBQ season! From smoked barbeque chicken to juicy brisket, to finger-lickin’ ribs – nothing says summertime like flavourful, fall-off-the-bone meat made with fire, love, time, and smoked wood. If you’re looking for some of the best BBQ restaurants in Edmonton to satisfy your meaty cravings this season, get your chops ready for these 5 drool-worthy spots.
The name really says it all! And once you walk through these doors and inhale the succulent aromas of slowly cooked BBQ, you’ll feel as giddy as a child on Christmas day. At MEAT, you get an authentic BBQ experience with the option to order items separately or mix and match so you can sample a number of their tantalizing items all in one sitting.
Located right in the heart of Old Strathcona, this locally owned and operated smokehouse has attracted a pretty large fan base. With an impressive variety of brunch, dinner and dessert options, there’s truly something for everyone – including your herbivore tag-along. And, beyond their bountiful servings of Southern standards from the smoker, they’ve also become the go-to BBQ restaurant in Edmonton for unique Southern fares like Meuwly’s Andouille sausage, Southern brussel sprouts, Southern grits, and a fantastic rib and yam mash. While you’re there, save room for the bourbon banana parfait or the $1 pickles!
Just remember to wear your stretchy pants since their portions are generous and the savoury sides are equally as delicious. This is a true BBQ joint where you can see, taste and smell the love that goes into each item on the menu.
Location: Old Strathcona, 8216 104 Street
For More Information: meatfordinner.com
Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus
Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus is serious about wood smoking and because of this, they’ve become another crave-worthy BBQ spot here in Edmonton. They distinguish themselves by using a blend of four different types of wood that creates a unique smoky flavour in addition to the juicy, tender goodness we all love.
With massive platters to indulge in like the Swine Heaven Feast featuring beef brisket, a full rack of tender St. Louis ribs and four different sides, this is the perfect spot to head to with your friends to chow down on some smoky, BBQ magic. With so many different offerings, like their fully loaded burgers, Fatty Mac Daddies mac n’ cheese rolled pastries, smoked chicken and chorizo Jumbalaya or Big Mama Mike’s smoked meatloaf burger, give yourself plenty of time to choose!
Location: 10406 118 Avenue
For More Information: sloppyhoggsbbq.com
Memphis Blues Barbeque House
The Memphis Blues Barbeque House captures every romanticised expectation of an authentic Tennessee barbecue establishment, which is why it makes our list of the best BBQ restaurants in Edmonton. With Blues music coming through the speakers, slow cooked meats piled high, and a good number of flavoursome sauces to choose from, it’s as close to the real deal as you can get. This is the kind of place where you roll up your plaid sleeves, get the napkins ready and dig into a whole lot of messy, lip-smacking goodness.
If you come along with friends or family, they offer indulgent platters like the Priscilla, which is aimed to feed 10-12 people with juicy, tender BBQ chicken, ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, ribends, and even double-smoked farmer’s sausage. And, the Memphis goods don’t stop there! They also serve up delectable catfish, Cajun shrimp, fire-dusted calamari, and a loaded Jambalaya for the taking.
Location: Millwoods, 5317 – 23 Avenue NW and Newcastle, 16907 – 127 St. NW.
For More Information: memphisbluesbbq.com
Grillbilly’s Smokehouse BBQ
When we think of Grillbilly’s Smokehouse BBQ, we think of massive brisket sandwiches, aromatic dry rubs that’ll tickle your taste buds and excellent gluten-free options that won’t disappoint. At Grillbilly’s, they take their meaty offerings serious, so much so that their famous Smoked Bacon Bomb was even featured on CBC news. It’s no surprise really since it’s hard not to take notice of this ultra juicy pork smoked roast wrapped in bacon!
If you’re eager for a showstopper item that’s worthy of its reputation, make sure to try their BBQ dry ribs, which are arguably the best in Edmonton. And, if you’re looking to share, they offer generous combos where you can choose what meats to savour, or you can try out a BBQ sampler that comes with all of the favourites like their wings, fried pickles, hush puppies, and piggy tails (smoked rib tips). But what really stands out at Grillbilly’s Smokehouse is their Po’boy catfish, Cajun calamari or sausage sandwiches – something you don’t see everyday in the YEG!
Be sure to make this a stop on your BBQ adventures this year. Even your vegetarian friends will even be happy as they offer a flavourful smokehouse chilli and a Cajun cauliflower, sans the meat! And, if you can’t get enough of their delicious spices, you’ll be happy to hear that Grillbilly’s also sells their own rubs and sauces to take home. Plus, they offer catering AND they own a food truck that’s open all year long– what more could you ask for?
Location: 17820 107 Avenue
Fired Up BBQ
The Fired Up BBQ joint has been winning hearts in Edmonton since it opened its doors. Serving big, juicy, mind-blowing meaty fare, it’s another favourite in the YEG. This quaint place has only about 10 tables throughout it, but don’t let that fool you! Fired UP BBQ is BIG on flavour. They have a straight-forward menu with nine delicious plates featuring melt-in-your-mouth BBQ ribs, juicy chicken and brisket, and a number of classic BBQ sides like Southwestern grilled corn, mac n’ cheese and cornbread to soak up those saucy flavours. But the smash hit here is often the family-style meals that are specially designed for four people so that everyone can enjoy. And to top it all off, you can even relish in the sweeter side of the menu with their amazing desserts like homemade gingerbread cake with toffee sauce or pecan squares. Did we mention that they also deliver?
Location: 6244 99 St NW, Edmonton
For More Information: http://www.firedupbbqedmonton.com/
For most passionate meat lovers, summertime means it’s BBQ time! So get your stretchy pants on, roll up those sleeves and get ready to make your summer one of the most memorable with these best BBQ restaurants in Edmonton. Each spot on our list boasts a passion for the food they serve up with the type of succulent flavours and juicy, smoky BBQ magic that makes us giddy from head to toe. And the best part? When you live at CX Lofts & Townhomes, you’re close to it all to enjoy when your heart desires.