It's June... and that means two things: Father's Day and National BBQ Day.  So we had no choice to make BBQ our June Restaurant Roundup theme.

Our intrepid Restaurant Roundup Crew share their favourite picks for lip smacking, finger licking delicious BBQ wherever you may be in this country.  From restaurants to food trucks, they've sourced it out for you.  So get a bib and some napkins and dig in.

Our Favourite Choices for Canadian BBQ Joints

Starting on the east coast this month...

Halifax's Favourite BBQ Joint

Kathy Jollimore at Eat Halifax chose Boneheads BBQ for her spot of choice:
Boneheads BBQ Halifax
I'd like to say I'm schooled in the ways of the grill, that I've travelled the Southern US stuffing smokey goodness into my face at every stop on the road. But I'd be lying. What I would give to tour the legendary BBQ joints of the South. Most definitely bucket list material. I'm a huge fan of all things pork so when BBQ finally hit our city, I was all over it. At present, we have but three BBQ joints in the city, one a chain out of Florida that I honestly haven't been rushing to try. For me, there's only one on that list. When the BBQ  Let's be real, when the pork craving takes hold, it's Boneheads BBQ every time. I can't stay away from the pulled pork sammie.
Find Boneheads on twitter at @BoneheadsBBQ.

Montreal’s Favourite BBQ Joints

We've got two picks for Montreal this time around.  First up is the Montreal Food Divas with their pick of Le Boucan.

Le Boucan Montreal

Le Boucan is, without a doubt, home of the best BBQ that Montreal has to offer. Smoked tomato soup, irresistible mac n’ cheese, pulled pork and some great BBQ sauce lathered on chicken and ribs, are only a handful of reasons to go to Le Boucan. The place has that nitty gritty Southern charm, and even their desserts turn heads with their bacon brownie and amazing buttermilk pie. The Divas had quite an experience there and cannot wait to return!

If you want to hear more about that experience check out their full review!  You can find Le Boucan on twitter: @RestoLeBoucan

Next we check out what Jason at Shut Up And Eat has to say and he chose differently with Blackstrap BBQ

Blackstrap BBQ Montreal

If you're going to visit one place for BBQ in Montreal, make sure it's Blackstrap BBQ located in Verdun.  Dylan Kier – owner, head chef and reigning Quebec BBQ Grand champion runs two smokers overnight to provide BBQ enthusiasts a taste of his authentic Memphis style BBQ featuring his award winning smoked brisket, pork ribs and chicken.  Can't decide what to order? Get the "Le Gros", a plate that consists of everything on the menu, including fried mac and cheese balls,  fries and braised greens!

Read Jason’s full review of Blackstrap BBQ on his blog. Find them on twitter @bbqblackstrap.

Toronto’s Favourite BBQ Joint

Toronto’s Stella at Food Junkie Chronicles picked The Stockyards for her BBQ fix:
Stockyards Toronto
The Stockyards offers modern renditions of classic comfort food for all your BBQ cravings. After four years since The Stockyard first opened, the BBQ joint's 48-hour brined and marinated fried chicken, as well as their authentic wood smoked Carolina style BBQ, still generates lot of buzz in the city...and rightfully so!
Be sure to read Stella’s full review of The Stockyards on her blog.

Winnipeg’s Favourite BBQ Joint

Kathryne at Food Musings picked Lovey's in Winnipeg for her BBQ fix:
loveys - winnipeg

Everyone knows that the `sides` make a BBQ house and Lovey`s in Winnipeg, are Sensational.

You’ll want to check out Kathryne’s full review of Lovey's.  Find them on twitter at @LoveysBBQ

Calgary’s Favourite BBQ Joint

If there's a city that should know BBQ it's Calgary and Stephanie at Global Dish chose Big D's Smokehouse at the Calgary Farmers' Market:
Big Ds Beef Brisket - Calgary
Classic BBQ grub (pulled pork! beef brisket! sausages!) available to stay or go, along with a deli case of ready to take home and grill up yourself goodies. What more could you want?
You can read Stephanie's full review of Big D's on her blog.

Vancouver’s Favourite BBQ Joints

Two picks from Vancouver this month. Let's check out Sean at Sean’s Adventures in Flavourtown‘s choice of the ReUp BBQ food cart:
ReUp BBQ Vancouver

My go to spot in Vancouver for a BBQ fix has been seen around the world on Eat St and one of Vancouver's first food carts to have hit the streets.  The ReUp BBQ food cart has been serving up consistently mouth-watering pulled pork and beef brisket that is some of the best in Vancouver.  You can find them at their food cart in downtown Vancouver or in New Westminster at their store front location in the River Market.

Find ReUp on twitter @reupbbq
Next up is Dee at Gastrofork and her choice of Hog Shack Cook Housedf just outside of Vancouver in Steveston.
Hog Shack - Steveston
Hogshack is one of my favourite places for BBQ when I'm too lazy to do it myself. Their Mammoth platters can feed the masses, featuring their great Kansas styled barbecued meats including my favourites: the Dino Ribs and Smoked Sausages. Feeling adventurous? Finish their Flat Line Burger in 5 minutes or less and you score a free meal and a Hog Shack T-Shirt!
Be sure to read Dee's full review on her blog.  You can follow Hog Shack on twitter @HogShackca

Don’t agree with our choices?  Well… tell us yours in the comments. We’d love to hear them!

RELATED:  Restaurant Roundup - Toronto's King West Neighbourhood

And don't forget,  July 13th 2013 is National BBQ Day (, in support of local food and local farmers. Hundreds of grills across Canada will be fired up in support of Meal Exchange’s fourth annual National BBQ Day, a backyard celebration of local food. One of the first and only national events aimed at raising the profile of locally sourced foods, National BBQ Day encourages Canadians to host a BBQ in their own backyard with family and friends, using as much local food as possible. Participants can register their event on the National BBQ Day website and are urged to share their National BBQ Day experience through social media (#NationalBBQDay) to win prizes and raise awareness of local foods available and where they got them.  If you're going to be grilling why not participate?

Big thanks to our entire Restaurant Roundup Crew for sharing their favourite BBQ spots.  They’ll all be back next month their top picks for cold summer time treats.  Check it out for all your ice cream and gelato needs!

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Alex Bielak

Based on three separate visits I’d like to recommend Memphis Fire BBQ in Winona. (Basically Stoney Creek, Hamilton. ( The latest exploration was of the waffle and fried chicken dinner (Tuesday’s only) and it was delicious. The brisket is great. They have a new handle on Twitter @mfbcinc

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