Alberta’s Best Barbecue

Which restaurant will be crowned the grill master? You decide

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In the July 2015 edition of Alberta Venture, we asked the experts — chefs, restaurant owners, bloggers — where they go when they’re hankerin’ for barbecue. But to find the true champion of Alberta barbecue, we’re turning to you, Alberta. After all, there is no greater expert than the hive mind. So, over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be hosting an online NBA-bracket-style competition between some of the most prized barbecue restaurants and steakhouses. You, Albertans, will judge the winner. Every week from now until the end of July, we’ll present a series of pairs of restaurants, and ask you to choose the best of each pair. We’ll then pair the winners, and ask you to choose the best in that pair. And so on until only one restaurant remains standing.

Who will be crowned the best barbecue restaurant in Alberta? You decide.

Final Round

Note that only one vote per IP address was counted in tallying final results

Final Results
Bruce Hotel (Bruce)
74%



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Stockmen’s Chophouse (Camrose)
26%



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Round 4 Results
Pair 1
Bruce Hotel (Bruce)
90%



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Smokehouse BBQ (Edmonton)
10%



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Pair 2
Stockmen’s Chophouse (Camrose)
82%



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Booker’s BBQ Grill & Crab Shack (Calgary)
27%



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Round 3 Results
Pair 1
Bruce Hotel (Bruce)
55%



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Skinny’s Smoke House (Medicine Hat)
45%



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Pair 2
Smokehouse BBQ (Edmonton)
82%



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Gaucho Brazilian BBQ (Canmore and Calgary)
18%



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Pair 3
Stockmen’s Chophouse (Camrose)
85%



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CHARCUT Roast House Calgary)
15%



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Pair 4
Booker’s BBQ Grill & Crab Shack (Calgary)
60%



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The Ranch House Restaurant & Bar (Red Deer)
40%



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Round 2 Results
Pair 1
Bruce Hotel (Bruce)
58%



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The Bison Restaurant and Terrace (Banff)
42%



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Pair 2
Skinny’s Smoke House (Medicine Hat)
54%



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The Palomino Smokehouse (Calgary)
46%



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Pair 3
Backcountry Outhouse (Cowley)
33%



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Smokehouse BBQ (Edmonton)
67%



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Pair 4
Gaucho Brazilian BBQ (Canmore and Calgary)
70%



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Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse (Edmonton)
30%



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Pair 5
CHARCUT Roast House Calgary)
64%



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Woody’s Barbecue (multiple locations)
36%



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Pair 6
Fired Up BBQ (Edmonton)
15%



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Stockmen’s Chophouse (Camrose)
85%



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Pair 7
Big T’s BBQ & Smokehouse (Calgary)
47%



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Booker’s BBQ Grill & Crab Shack (Calgary)
53%



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Pair 8
Meat (Edmonton)
49%



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The Ranch House Restaurant & Bar (Red Deer)
51%



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Round 1 Results
Pair 1
The Bison Restaurant and Terrace (Banff)
69%
Country Grill Steak & Ribs (La Crête)
31%
Pair 2
Bruce Hotel (Bruce)
75%
Plum (Lethbridge)
25%
Pair 3
The Palomino Smokehouse (Calgary)
60%
West Lake Grill (Red Deer)
40%
Pair 4
Patricia Hotel (Patricia)
27%
Skinny's Smoke House (Medicine Hat)
73%
Pair 5
Longview Steakhouse (Longview)
49%
Smokehouse BBQ (Edmonton)
51%
Pair 6
Backcountry Outhouse (Cowley)
57%
Holy Smoke BBQ (Calgary)
43%
Pair 7
Gaucho Brazilian BBQ (Canmore and Calgary)
51%
Sloppy Hoggs Roed Hus (Edmonton)
49%
Pair 8
Motley Que BBQ (Grande Praire)
49%
Pampa Brazillian Steakhouse (Edmonton)
51%
Pair 9
Oh My Dog BBQ (Calgary)
30%
CHARCUT Roast House Calgary)
70%
Pair 10
Woody’s Barbecue (multiple locations)
51%
Seoul BBQ (Calgary)
49%
Pair 11
Saltlik (Banff and Calgary)
16%
Stockmen’s Chophouse (Camrose)
84%
Pair 12
Rahanans Dining Room (Calgary Stampede)
40%
Fired Up BBQ (Edmonton)
60%
Pair 13
Ric’s Grill Steak Seafood & Chop House (Calgary)
37%
Booker's BBQ Grill & Crab Shack (Calgary)
63%
Pair 14
Big T’s BBQ & Smokehouse (Calgary)
56%
Woodwork (Edmonton)
44%
Pair 15
Meat (Edmonton)
68%
WD’s Grill and Catering (Spruce Grove)
32%
Pair 16
Young’s Restaurant (Millet)
38%
The Ranch House Restaurant & Bar (Red Deer)
62%

27 Comments

  1. This is one of the best restaurants in East Central Alberta. No doubt about it. It’s my favourite.

  2. Stockmen’s chophouse is divine! By far our favorite restaurant and less than 30 minutes from home. In fact, we’re having our wedding reception dinner there this weekend. I apologize in advance to everyone who can’t get a reservation for Saturday night. 🙂

  3. Bruce Hotel not only the best eatery but you feel like your part of the family and Mom just cooked your favorite meal…….can’t beat home cooking!

  4. Bruce Hotel is hands down the best in Alberta and I would even say Western Canada. It isn’t just the food, it is EVERYTHING. You are a friend when you arrive and not just a customer..

  5. Bruce by far the best barbecue anywhere!!Great people a relaxed atmosphere and delicious delicious food!!

  6. Bruce hotel is one of the best barbecue anywhere!! Soooo delicious and people come from miles around for there barbecue and sides.A relaxed atmosphere and great people best steak and ribs ever.

  7. Recently visited the Bruce Hotel and steak house and I cannot say enough about the quality and the service. The food was delicious and well presented and a great value for the price. The steak was perfect. My husband had his medium well and mine I like well done and both were perfect !! There were 11 different salads to choose from to start and then all the trimmings to go with the steak and more than you could ask for or eat !! It was delicious !!

  8. I forgot to mention that there is also a dessert table with various choices for dessert !!! So delicious and a staff that is more than accommodating!! The owners Karl and Debbie treat their staff and their customers with the utmost of respect and kindness !!

  9. Bruce hotel beats Stockman’s by far. Both are good eats but Bruce has a homey atmosphere and you feel like you’re sitting at your kitchen table enjoying a delicious steak supper.

  10. The Bruce Hotel, is famous for the meat, but the atmosphere, owners, salad bar and desserts are second to none.
    It is a little bit of a drive but well worth it.
    The staff and owners are top notch.

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