On June 22nd, 2011, ribbers from all over the world took over Ottawa for Ribfest. This international cook-off is held to determine the best meat across the continent and draws thousands of tourists to Ottawa each year. I know people who book off time from work to indulge in a weekend of hickory sauce and finger-lickin’ fun.
About 6 weeks ago, Warren Sutherland decided that the summer time festival could have the potential to fill a hole in the Ottawa restaurant scene. “With a menu drawing from the best of the best in BBQ genre”, The Smoque Shack is our new, permanent Ribfest in restaurant form.
The Texas-style brisket and North Carolina style pulled pork is just shy of the magic you find at Ribfest, but it’s a great substitute if you are craving a taste of Southern BBQ anytime other than those wet-nap weeks in June.
The interior of The Smoque Shack has been criticized for lacking atmosphere but you will quickly realize that this BBQ joint is meant to be more of a smoke house/sports bar than a romantic nook. So roll up your sleeves and tune into your carnivorous side for a taste of Ottawa’s best BBQ!
129 York Street