Steak is delicious, but boring. No matter how perfectly seared the slab, odds are you could do a comparable job at home. Not so with ribs. Slow-cooked to smoky perfection, ribs are cooked in an hours-long process, with ample opportunities to tweak the flavour just so. Here, Montreal’s best ribs.
Play urban cowboy at this old school grease peddler, where slow-cooked pork ribs are painted in sweet, sticky sauce, and served alongside absurdly moist chicken in a combo. $10.80–$24.80, two locations.
Ever since the opening of its flagship NDG restaurant in 2007, Bofinger has dominated the BBQ scene with its smoked pork or beef ribs, served with your choice of Texas, South Carolina, honey BBQ, Memphis, Alabama or “crazy spicy” sauce. $8–$18. Four locations.
This Portuguese grill is known for its chicken, but BBQ connoisseurs seek out its tender, slow-cooked ribs. With equal parts sweet, smoky, spicy and garlicky flavours, these fall-off-the-bone ribs are accompanied by chicken dripping potatoes, greens and pickles. $8.13/pound. 3907 St. Laurent Blvd., 514-849-5554.
Quality meets quantity in Kansas’s massive combos and two-for-one beers. Choose from beef or pork ribs, coated in Georgia mild, New Orleans Dijon, Memphis mesquite, Tex Mex or Arizona heat sauces. From $12.50. 4006 St. Catherine St. W., 514-935-5000.
Madison’s New York Grill & Bar
This family restaurant cooks its ribs in a delectable house smoky sauce for seven hours. Check the summer special: 10 ounces of ribs, soup and a side dish. From $11. Various locations.
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