Authentic Southern barbecue has finally come to Halifax, and Boneheads led the charge. Since opening on the corner of Barrington and Inglis streets in January, this casual spot has built a loyal following. “Barbecue” can vary a lot from region to region—rather than commiting to one specific area, the Boneheads menu is a greatest-hits selection of highlights from across the continent.
Southern hospitalityBy Ben Boudreau | Jun 22, 2012
Tags: barbecue, BBQ, ribs
You know it’s summer in the city when you can’t go five feet without smelling something delicious cooking on the open grill. Ah yes, the barbecue is well engrained in Canadian culture, isn’t it? Well, what we consider to be the easy option for backyard mealtimes has a lot more to it than charred burgers and hot dogs. That’s right–it’s time to get schooled in Southern hospitality.
The carnivorous crew at Boneheads BBQ is about as saucy as the meals that they serve but don’t let that stop you from tucking into their take on the ‘cue. Catherine M and family were easily bested by the portion sizes: “gargantuan might just about cover it,” but ate without regrets. “The Pit Boss Sampler is a sight to behold. Served on a cafeteria-style tray, it was loaded down with four types of meat. Smoked sausage, smoked brisket, pulled chicken and pulled pork.” Served with sides of cornbread and coleslaw, we’re talking some serious bang for your barbecue buck.
On Argyle Street, you’ll find Murray W talking himself down from singlehandedly tackling one of Q Smokehouse’s group meals of “suckling pig and smoked turkey.” But don’t worry, even with a more realistic order, there’s no way you’re leaving hungry. Start your order with the marbled cut of brisket that comes in “a pool of its delicious juices bathing the tender, smoky meat,” tack on some spiced dirty rice, “moist, fluffy and sweet” cornbread and you’ll be in full food coma before your fork hits the table.
For something completely different, you’ll have to brave the late night crowd for some eastern hospitality. The Philippines are awfully far from the dirty South but Rocky’s Filipino BBQ still scores high on the grill grade according to after-hours Yelpers like Megan B: “Meat on a stick! Glorious meat on a stick! I guess the secret is about a week of marinating the pork. The combination of flavours is just incredible. The way the meat caramelizes on the grill will have you ordering two more.” And at just $2.50 a skewer, you can! Open 10pm until 5am; this sweet meat is worth losing some shut-eye.
Always on the lookout for great grub? Grab the free Yelp app for the best map to meat you can find. With directions, hours, phone numbers, and fresh reviews, amazing eats are always just a finger-tap away. Just be sure to wash your hands, would you? Those Southern glazes are much better on ribs than iPhone screens. Until next time!