LOVEY’S BBQ & SMOKEHOUSE
Address: Unit 2-208 Marion St
It happens at least once a summer. Someone in the neighbourhood is barbequeing ribs and the sweet scent of roasted pork hangs in the air like a caramelized cloud, prompting you to wish your refrigerator was full of chops and a bucket of barbeque sauce.
For the last six years, swine lovers have satisfied their cravings at Lovey’s BBQ—a cozy restaurant in St. Boniface serving up mouth-watering meals for dine in or take out. Family recipes, locally sourced meats, cheeses and breads are shared without pretention. Menus are on chalk boards, rolls of paper towels are poised at each table for sticky fingers, and folks are bellied up to red checked tablecloths to pig out on full and half slabs of ribs or combination platters.
The barbeque pit—a stainless steel behemoth fitted with rotisserie racks—swallows slabs of pork shoulder and brisket every night and smokes it low and slow over Manitoba grown oak until morning. Some of the brisket trimmings are cubed and smoked again for burnt ends—fork tender morsels rendered of fat and cloaked in a smoky, blackened crust. Before cooking, all the meat is coated with a sweet and pungent dry rub redolent with chilli pepper, cayenne, mustard powder and celery seed.
The cooked shoulder is hand pulled for specialties like the Hog Father, a sandwich that commands respect with shards of juicy pork, Old Country farmer’s sausage and Lovey’s house made BBQ sauce, a garlicky elixir of red pepper flakes and vinegar tempered with molasses and applesauce.
Sides include pigtail fries, served hot and salty, four varieties of baked beans in a tangy tomato sauce, and mac’n cheese, dense with thick bacon and farmer’s sausage. Briny pickles in a dill-infused batter are deep fried and delicious – served by half dozen but so good you’ll want more than six.
For those enjoying without abandon (and what other way is there) say yes to the one and only dessert. Banana cream pudding, a dreamy concoction of fresh bananas, creamy custard and whipped cream on a vanilla cookie base, will have you singing whee whee whee…all the way home.