Calgary is home to delicious barbecue joints, guaranteed to give you a lip smacking, finger licking experience. Whether you’re a barbecue veteran or ready to try smoky eats for the first time, it’s a great time to dig into the best barbeque in Calgary.
BBQ in Calgary
BBQ in Calgary
Big T’s BBQ & Smokehouse McMahon
Just a few minutes away from McMahon Stadium, Big T’s is a family owned restaurant known for their warm service and wood smoked southern cuisine. Try finger-licking options like Big T’s platter, packed with homemade spiced andouille sausage and sliced brisket. Big T also offers gluten free options on the menu for a different take on southern style barbeque dishes.
Location: 2138 Crowchild Trail N.W.
Bookers BBQ Grill + Crab Shack
Bookers BBQ Grill + Crab Shack is on the River Walk in beautiful East Village. Live music and family surf ‘n’ turf platters make Bookers BBQ Grill + Crab Shack great for families or large groups. Order up on Booker’s BBQ platter and enjoy tender meats like smoked pork ribs and smokehouse chicken breast or add tasty snow crab for a new twist.
Location: 316 3 St S.E.
Cowtown Beef Shack
The award-winning Cowtown Beef Shack is a small restaurant that makes delicious southern style cuisine with local ingredients. Try their tender Hickory Smoked AAA Alberta Beef sandwich that is slow smoked to perfection. Their delicious pulled pork is slow roasted for 12 hours and paired with rich barbecue sauce and topped with signature cranberry slaw.
Location: 640 26 McKenzie Towne Gate S.E.
Gyu-kaku Japanese BBQ
Share a family style dining experience at Gyu-kaku Japanese BBQ. Located in the downtown area nearby the CORE Shopping Centre and Stephen Avenue, Gyu-kaku is a Japanese yakiniku restaurant where guests cook bite-sized meat over a piping hot grill. Every table at Gyu-kaku is installed with a personal charcoal grill and the staff provide friendly suggestions to ensure everyone has a good time. Try out delicious premium cut meats like 21-day aged Harami Miso Steak with a side of Chicken Cheese Fondue or warm Goma Negi Shio Ramen.
Location: 638-6 Ave S.W., #100
Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey
Take a seat on the outdoor patio or grab a spot inside to enjoy hand crafted whiskey cocktails and tender barbecue at the Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey. This Kensington restaurant has a friendly and lively atmosphere with communal seating and sports action on the big screens. Texas-style barbecue, like smoked brisket and pork spare ribs, are smoked daily for up to 14 hours. This creates a perfect balance of woodsy char and smoked flavors that make their meats fall off the bone tender. If you’re looking for late-night barbecue eats, visit Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey each day after 10:00 p.m. for half-price meats.
Location: 1136 Kensington Rd N.W.
Serving quality meats from farmers across Canada, Holysmoke BBQ proudly makes savory southern dishes. Make sure you get their famous pulled pork sandwich with meat naturally raised in Alberta or try something new like their layered meat sundae piled high with protein, baked beans, and coleslaw.
Location: 4640 Manhattan Rd S.E. #4,
Paddy’s Barbecue & Brewery
Paddy’s Barbecue & Brewery is Calgary’s first ever brewbecue, proudly delivering a delightful combination of savory barbecue, craft beers, southern hospitality, in a chill restaurant atmosphere. Their barbecue is slowly smoked overnight to bring out a tender and succulent flavor while their beers are brewed in-house at their custom 5HL Brewhouse. Drink a refreshing pint, like their fruity Blackberry Ginger Beer, paired with saucy meats like their house smoked pork ribs.
Location: 3610 Burnsland Road S.E.
Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse
Relish in delicious Brazilian cuisine at the Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse with delightful Churrascaria-style service. Churrascaria restaurants include Rodizio service for an all you can eat experience you won’t forget. Servers come to your table with skewers of juicy meat from chicken to beef at a set price. Be sure to pair delicious options like their New Zealand leg of lamb Rodizio with a great extensive salad bar featuring in-house baked breads or famous feijoada.
Location: 521 10th Avenue S.W.
The Palomino Smokehouse
Discover The Palomino Smokehouse, Calgary’s premiere barbecue house that is just walking distance from Calgary Tower, Stephen Avenue, and the C-Train line at 1st Street S.W. station. Delicious favorites like their beef brisket are slow roasted on the largest smoker in Western Canada! Get a thrill out of their award-winning chili or the local favorite rib-sticking Macaroni & Cheese. The Palomino Smokehouse is also one of Calgary’s most unique live music venues with two floors of tunes featuring great local talent throughout the week. Children are welcome at The Palomino until 8:00 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 4:00 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.
Location: 109 7 Ave S.W.
Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue
Take your family out for an evening Rodizio dining at the Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue. Named after South American cowboys, the Gaucho experience includes authentic Brazilian flavours and traditionally dressed servers. Customers will get a personal barbecue chef who will come to your table with massive skewers filled with tender cuts of the day. Pair delicate meats like their Garlic Top Sirloin with sweet deserts like the Mousse de Maracujá, a passion fruit mousse topped with a tangy passion fruit reduction.
Location: 100 – 5920 Macleod Trail S.W.
Seoul Korean BBQ Restaurant
For over a decade, Seoul Korean BBQ Restaurant has been serving authentic Korean barbecue to Calgarians and visitors from around the world. The restaurant specializes in Korean all you can eat, where guests cook their own barbecue from a selection of fresh cuts ranging from marinated rib-eye to beef bulgogi. They also serve delicious non-barbecue dishes like the refreshing bowl of Buckwheat noodles with cold broth.
Location: 4336 Macleod Trail S.W.