People like to joke that there is no skill when it comes to barbecue. You get a hot surface, you place good quality meat on it and - surprise - it tastes delicious. However, Toronto's best barbecue restaurants hint that there may be techniques of the trade beyond opening up a cold one and standing near the grill.
Southern style barbecue establishments, which rely on cooking for a long time at a low temperature, have become all the rage in Toronto. Perhaps this is because time is a rare commodity in any city. In any case, tender and juicy meat with the smoky flavor of wood sure is a nice way to complete a day. Or start one, for that matter.
You can smell the crispy skin of Electric Mud BBQ even before you turn the corner. With affordable meals, like brisket on a bun or Carolina-style pork ribs, people easily ditch their own backyards for a hipster garage complete with a record player. Or go a wee bit fancier and eat at Barque, where the melt-in-your-mouth meats are accompanied by sauces that you can brush on with your own grilling brush. This may make you feel like you have actually done something other than eaten your weight in animal products.
Fire. Meat. Good.