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Poutine Week in Review: BBQ Blackstrap

Posted by Adriana / February 10, 2013

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If Montreal's recent deep freeze kept you from venturing to Verdun to sample BBQ Blackstrap's Poutine Week contribution, you can sleep easy knowing the Burnt Ends Poutine is a regular staple on their smokey Memphis BBQ-style menu.

What's all the fuss about?

Burnt ends- what I expected to be the deliciously charred and slightly carcinogenic bits and scrapings of pan leftovers were in fact so much more- large chunks of brisket studded my poutine, fatty and deliciously smokey. The fries were both crispy and soft on the inside. And the cheese curds? They were enormous. Served in one of those metal pans usually reserved for cooking prep, the poutine at first appeared deceptively small and utterly manageable, but I was glad I chose to split the dish with a friend owing to our wide-eyed and ever-eager appetite to sample more of the menu's offerings.

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Although I came for the poutine, I stayed for the ribs.

Blackstrap's dry rub version are exceptional. Not a fan of overly sauced ribs (no number of wet-naps can save me from these situations), Blackstrap's instead are a lovely tender pink, salty, and pleasantly mess-free eating. Garnished simply by some sliced onions and pickles arrayed over the top, the choice of sides that accompany the platter would almost be superfluous, except that the great vinegary coleslaw and compact cubes of deep-fried mac&cheese are certainly worthy of mention. Likewise for the petite and buttery dinner roll, which I gladly would have had supersized and used to pillow a rib-sandwich. Hello, new menu item?

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And if you choose to consume as much of the signature Blackstrap sweet or spicy sauce that those squeeze bottles can carry, you certainly wouldn't be the only one. The sweet version had such a perfect hit of tartness and sugariness that eventually I just stopped eating the food and started spooning the sauce directly out of the container and into my mouth. With a plastic knife. Not my finest hour, I'll admit, but this sauce is addictive-it would even have done well drizzled over the deep-fried little pocket of cinnamoned apple pie we got for dessert.

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Blackstrap isn't a place to linger, but the large shared tables and counter space in front of the open kitchen area make it great fun to joke around with the bantering staff and take a peak at the action, from the large vats of cabbage awaiting coleslaw-fication, to the fiery insides of the ingeniously rigged-up smoker. Order with some sparkly ginger beer or cherry cola, or better yet await the soon-to-arrive liquor license and relish in the eternal union of beer&BBQ.

Keeping abreast of Blackstrap's twitter feed is another must and will definitely keep you on your toes. Because even with the recent addition of a second smoker, sad is the day you arrive too late to have noticed the dreadful tweet: "Sold Out of All Meats."

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BBQ Blackstrap
4436 Wellington (Metro Verdun or De L'Église)

Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm


You can check out the whole list of participants from this year's inaugural "Semaine de la Poutine" and start your planning for next season.

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