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Slammin’ smoked lamb at Barque, bro!!!

Now, Barque Smokehouse is already one of my favourite BBQ joints in this city. Their Smoker’s Choice platter is enough food to feel a small army of Flavourtown Warriors, Bro-veheart! But when it’s date night in Flavourtown, I’m all about the BBQ Sampler for Two. You get three meats, two sides and an appetizer, for just 64 bucks. And yes, they do give you enough food (unlike some place on Queen St I won’t mention)…

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Man, this is like a Fieri family portrait in Flavourtown! You’ve got Barque Rack O’Bama baby back ribs, beef brisket, and…wait for it…smoked pulled lamb shoulder, son! Plus there’s sides of cajun mac ‘n cheese and garlic mashed potaters, topped with crispy pancetta? Shut the front, back and cellar doors!!!! And I haven’t even mentioned the appetizer:

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Dude, these Korean BBQ Nachos were so outta bounds, I almost Gangnam Styled myself to death, bro! You’ve got smoked wonton chips, gojuchang beef brisket, cheddar cheese, jalapenos and smoked pineapple!? Dude, I don’t even mind pineapple on pizza, but this is totally kicking it up a notch!!!!

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Now, I’ve had the brisket and ribs here before, so I know they’re legit, but this was the first time in my lifetime I’ve ever eaten BBQ pulled lamb. I did have lamb ribs that one time in Cleveland, and they were only my third-favourite kind of ribs (beef ribs FTW, bro!!!), but I’ve always been more of a lamb shank kinda guy. So hey, if you take it, and pull it and sauce it, well…there’s nothing wrong with that at all.

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Now, when it comes to sides, that crispy pancetta on the potatoes is TheBomb.it. You could put that on a flip flop, and it would still taste good! But you know it’s all about that mac, bro… Dude, this is body by mac ‘n cheese!!!

 

Real-deal three-course meal @ Barque Smokehouse

So, we’re hanging out at Barque Smokehouse, this cozy neighbourhood joint on Roncesvalles in the west end. Now, I’ve had a whole buncha funkalicious, bananas, shut-the-back-door BBQ in this city, but they say Barque is too legit to quit, so I had to hammerdance on over to check it out.

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I gotta say bro, they had me at “Nice throat.” Belle Gueule is one of my favourite Quebec beers, but you never ever see it over here. Not only did Barque have it on tap, it even came in its own glass! They hit that one so far outta bounds it took out a popcorn vendor, dude!

Now, it’s hard to pick a favourite among so many great meats, but if you get the Smoker’s Choice platter, they’ll give you some of everything: pulled pork, beef brisket, baby back ribs—all that and a chicken thigh, son! But that’s not all; it even comes with appetizers, side dishes and desserts. Now, I had something similar at Carbon Bar a little while back, and there was nothing going on but the meat. But while you end up paying nine dollars more, Barque gives you enough food for a family of four…as long as one of them has a small appetite and lets me eat the rest. (I ate about six ribs alone, son!)

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But we ain’t even close to the main course yet, homeslice! We’re kicking things off with this crunchalicious salad. Man, this salad has got everything: napa cabbage, red peppers, carrots, cucumbers and crushed cashews—crikey! As far as salads go, this is pretty legit. All that’s missing is some bacon, or some tater tots or something…

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Ain’t no thang but a chicken wing, mang! These smoked wings are super-legit. They’ve got a really great five-spice dry rub and come with a creamy curry dip that’s money like Steph Curry at the three-point line. Whoever came up with that one is like my saucy saviour, son!

Here comes the meat, all dressed in heat…

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So not only do we get some superhero, rockstar smoked meat, but you know every superhero needs a sidekick, and this one comes with two of them. Say hello to my little friend Barque Fries Deluxe:

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Dude, this is like Taco Bell’s Fries Supreme, except you don’t hafta yell “Fire in the hole!” before eating. You’ve got nacho cheese, sour cream, tomatoes and green onions. Now what would really take this dish to the next level is if they put some beef brisket on top—I would eat that off a flip-flop, hombre!

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The second sidekick is a shady character by the name of crispy cauliflower. Now, I guess that cauliflower doesn’t cost, like, 200 bucks a head anymore, cuz it feels like I’ve eaten a fuckton of funky cauli lately. But unlike some of its cauliflower cousins, this dish wasn’t deep-fried, but it came with a nice combination of cashews, chilies and cilantro for that extra crunch.

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Put it all together, and that’s quite a bit of food. Of course, I still went back for seconds, and even thirds. And you don’t even hafta ask if there’s still room for dessert…because dessert is actually included!!!!

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Dude, this is one of the best food deals I’ve had in this city since that time I ate at Trump Restaurant for Winterlicious. They don’t make ‘em much greater than this, bro!!!!!!!!11111