Best BBQ Eateries in Vancouver
Food trends are becoming harder to predict as Vancouver’s tastes become increasingly segmented. Despite that, there are still trends that can be expected to dominate the Canadian food market for the remainder of 2018. Veganism continues to become more popular but the same can be said for something on the complete opposite side of the food spectrum – traditional Southern-style barbecue cuisine.
While Vancouver isn’t known for its BBQ scene in the same way as Austin, Texas is, it does boast its fair share of noteworthy BBQ restaurants which make their mark by constructing their own smokers and dishing up delectably good, authentic Southern-inspired barbecue cuisine. Offering meat that is smoke-infused such as short rib, juicy pulled pork and tender brisket, here are some of Vancouver’s most sought-after BBQ restaurants.
Situated in the heart of Vancouver’s West End, Buckstop is a saloon-type restaurant that serves up classic barbecue meals. The eatery honors the regional American BBQ, a cuisine that was perfected in the South and that was felt needed no enhancements. The comfort-driven menu includes tantalizing items such as hickory-smoked brisket and smoked chicken in an orange-honey brine and red sauce glaze. Emphasis is placed in using only the freshest ingredients with as much as possible (including the ketchup) being made from scratch on the premises, enabling the delivery of uncompromised quality and consistency at all times. The menus at the Buckstop are seasonal and change frequently, allowing for a great diversity in options, something which is often lacking among traditional BBQ outlets.
Pekinpah is a Carolina-style BBQ joint in Gastown and offer, amongst other tasty treats, smoke meat to die for. Dishing up a range of items like beef brisket, pulled pork and BBQ pork ribs, this Vancouver eatery adheres strictly to a Northern Carolina style of cooking whereby the meat is is prepared with a dry rub before being smoked. Patrons can order individual meals off the menu or indulge in a family-style picnic for only $25 per person. Apart from the smoked meat, Peckinpah is also known for their mouthwatering mac ‘n cheese and fried jalapeno pickles.
Since the Re-Up food truck was hit by a bus in 2013, the eatery can be found in the River Market, where it serves up delicious dishes such as pulled pork and beef brisket sandwiches and other delectable fare. At Re-Up you can opt for a build-your-own BBQ platter which allows you to select a range of finger-licking eats such as fried chicken, BBQ ribs, buttermilk biscuits, Santa Fe red gravy, coleslaw and chili cheese fries. There is no need to make a reservation at Re-Up BBQ, you can simply drop in or phone ahead to place a take-out order. During summer the patio or nearby Pier Park are ideal to enjoy a BBQ platter or bucket of Southern-fried chicken.
Regardless of your desires, one of the fine BBQ restaurants in Vancouver is sure to serve up exactly what your taste buds are craving. If you battle to make a choice between all the delicious fare available it is suggested to start at the top of one menu and work your way through everything that is available. Your waistline may not appreciate your efforts but at least you can say with certainty that you have experienced everything Vancouver has to offer in terms of traditional Southern barbecue cuisine.
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