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Hot Dining: Southern Comfort

The Stockyards' porchetta sandwich with rapini

The scent of wood smoke and the sight of meat falling off bone will have you salivating at these local barbecue joints.

1. The city’s newest smokehouse, Barque (299 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-532-7700), presents a lighter, more refined take on favourites like baby back ribs ($18 for a half rack, $26 for full), without sacrificing authenticity—much of the menu comes courtesy of a huge smoker imported from Tennessee.

2. Pit master Phil Nyman has been a student of barbecue’s many styles—from Texas “wet” to the dry Memphis variety—for more than 20 years. His devotion shows in such dishes as beef brisket ($16.50) and pulled pork ($15) at Phil’s Original BBQ.

3. Apple and hickory are the smoking woods of choice at The Stockyards (699 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-658-9666), which offers South Carolina-style barbecue, plus other options like fried chicken ($14), burgers ($7 to $14) and a porchetta sandwich ($10).

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