It’s finally here! Port Moody’s first annual rib fest. I’ve seen banners and posters for weeks around the city advertising for this event and thought it’d never come. I came on the first evening and it was packed with people, music and the smell of barbecue! Thankfully it’s a cooler weekend than the ones we’ve had before. It was good to enjoy a breeze.
Okay, so this is happening July 10th to 12th from 11AM – 9PM daily at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody, BC. For those travelling by car, there is very limited parking. Test your luck to find a parking spot, but your best bet would be the baseball field down the street where it’s turned into a parking lot for the special event.
Three days of delicious BBQ cooked by 5 of North America’s finest Ribbers, free live music from various bands (depending on when you go), enjoy craft brews from BC local micro breweries and family entertainment.
Well the name says it all, Prairie Smoke & Spice is from Regina, Saskatchewan. Prairie’s is Canada’s biggest winning BBQ team (more than any team in the country). The line was slow when we arrived before 7:30pm. Yet, we waited around 40 minutes before getting food!
This is our head chef at Prairie Smoke & Spice. Compared to other ribbers which had BBQ chicken and BBQ beef ribs, Rob only chose to do BBQ pork ribs (which I think is all you need, just do one thing good and one thing right). Their meats are hand trimmed, seasoned with their signature spice rubs and smoked to tender perfection.
The prices for racks are pretty much standard across all the ribbers. $24 for a full rack, $14 for a half rack, and $9 for 1/3 rack. Oh and don’t think forget to add BBQ sauce on the ribs when you grab it, just smother it all over. My brother and I shared a full rack. The sauce at Prairie’s was pretty good, a hint of spice and a hint of sweetness. The sauce was not overpowering at all, rather it complimented the meat very well. I also found that the ribs at Prairie were just slightly seared over the grill rather than roasting it under heavy fire (which some places had liked burnt ribs).
Gator BBQ’s been around since 1983 and have been touring Canada and the US.
We tried their beef brisket sandwich. Maybe I’m greedy, but I was expecting a little bit more meat on a “sandwich”. The meat was fairly juicy but it seemed like it needed more meat to satisfy my $10 sandwich (or should I say “hot dog”).
You can’t miss this one. They have the most “#1” signs. Boss Hog’s originally form London, Ontario. This place also has it all, ranging from beef ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and pork ribs they have it.
One of the newer ones from Hinton, Alberta. But were their lines long.
Last but not least, Smoke & Bones. Like Prairie, their fire is low and slow. And that’s their way of cooking over wood fires and coals. This one’s got to be the most local of all from North Vancouver, BC.
Whatever the weather may be, be prepared to lineup! If the weather stays put, it’s going to be packed this weekend. But with the live music booming in the background and great company, time will just fly.