176 Wicksteed Ave., 647-559-2080, adamsonbarbecue.com
A fully loaded platter at Adamson Barbecue. Photo by Gabby Frank
This Texas-style barbecue joint in a Leaside industrial park isn’t the most convenient place to grab lunch—but co-owner Adam Skelly says that even in the south, the best smokehouses are always out of the way. Here, it’s all about the meat: brisket, turkey, sausages, pulled pork and spare ribs, smoked in house using real wood, and served simply. Platters come with a quarter-pound each of brisket, ribs and house-made sausage, two sides (beans, potato salad or slaw), onion, pickles and white Wonder Bread slices—for making a sandwich or just soaking up leftover grease—but there are also sandwiches and meat-by-the-pound to go.
Pork Ninjas at Wenona Lodge
1069 Bloor St. W., 647-344-6444, wenonalodge.ca
Barbecue catering company Pork Ninjas, helmed by pitmaster Jason Rees, now shares counter space in the kitchen of Wenona Lodge, the cottage country–themed craft beer bar. One Sunday a month, Wenona swings open its garage doors to Bloor Street, and Rees—whose barbecue style is a mishmash of Kansas, Memphis and Carolina traditions—roasts a moist, crispy-skinned whole hog out back. It’s an incredible all-you-can-eat feast, with sides like Georgia-style peach baked beans, summer veg salads and, of course, Ontario corn—all the trappings of a cottage cookout, including excellent craft beer, minus the…