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You Gotta Eat Here! 12 Restaurants That are Worth the Drive from the Big City

The St. Louis ribs at Buster's BBQ (photo: Josh Henderson)

The St. Louis ribs at Buster’s BBQ (photo: Josh Henderson)

BUSTER’S BBQ, VERMILION BAY, MB
Three hours from Winnipeg
Chef Stosh Welniak
bustersbbq.com

John Says…
Vermilion Bay is a tiny little town full of the friendliest people. Buster’s is famous for fantastic ribs with a blueberry barbecue sauce—a perfect mash-up of Canadian and Southern U.S. flavours. People head up here for fishing camps, then they come back and just devour platters of barbecue.

You Gotta Eat… the St. Louis–Style Pork Side Ribs
The rub is paramount for any ribs. At Buster’s it’s a savoury-sweet original recipe made with peppers, garlic, sugar, chipotle and paprika. The rub is specially formulated to make the most of the custom cherry-, apple- and pecan wood blend they use in the smoker, where the ribs are cooked for about six hours. Just when the meat is ready to fall off the bone, it’s taken out and smothered in the blueberry barbecue sauce. The restaurant serves about 100 plates of ribs every day.

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One response to “You Gotta Eat Here! 12 Restaurants That are Worth the Drive from the Big City”

  1. Cindy Jolin says:

    John is so right about Mile One Cafe. This is an amazingly delicious destination which takes you out of busy Whistler into the beautiful mellowness that is Pemberton. Local, fresh, creative and delicious, with the best and friendliest service you’ll find anywhere. This place is not to be missed if you are anywhere close by…so worth the trip!!

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