Here’s your Jason fun fact of the week: I’m a certified KCBS BBQ judge. What does that even mean? It means in the summer, I drive hours alone to different cities in Canada and Northeastern United States to eat and judge barbecue. Don’t get this confused with the traveling “ribfest” carnival. A KCBS barbecue competition is an event where professional teams from all over gather for a weekend to meticulously cook chicken, ribs, pork and brisket for prize money and bragging rights. All for a chance to be invited to the Jack Daniels’ World Championship Invitational BBQ competition.
Obviously, my barbecue travels are on ice for the foreseeable future. But I yearn. Local spots (and competition veterans) Blackstrap BBQ and Lattuca BBQ fill the void temporarily. As well as spots like, Icehouse, Paradis BBQ and Rubs that also serve BBQ. Recently I heard about a new barbecue place in Montreal; Smokebox Fumoir & BBQ so I had to checked it out.