With a family that loves great quality BBQ, we have been known to go out in search of BBQ when traveling. At times, it can be tough to find quality BBQ.
Did you know that Montana’s Cookhouse Saloon is now Montana’s BBQ & Bar? That’s right… one of my favourite restaurants is now serving low and slow smoked BBQ.
Montana’s BBQ & Bar has many locations across Canada, so there is no shortage of Southern inspired BBQ in the Great White North.
Smokin’ Good BBQQuality meats are prepared by hand, and slow-smoked daily in an electric smoker. In talking to restaurant General Manager Sean Cantwell, you can see the excitement in his face when he talks about the new direction and promotional menu at Montana’s. “We use fresh quality ingredients, quality cuts, and smoke our meats daily in-house, right in this smoker.”
AppetizersThere are lots of great starters on the menu for you to choose from. With options like Double Dusted Chicken Wings, True Poutine Love, Slow-Roasted Beef Potato Skins, Chorizo Nachos, Four-Cheese Spinach Dip… you’ll have lot to choose from.
For starters, we ordered the Deep Fried Pickles and the Surf ’N Turf combo.
The Deep Fried Pickles were fantastic. Crunchy coating on the outside, tender pickle spears on the inside, and a fantastic zesty ranch sauce for dipping. A great way to start our meal!
For the Surf ’N Turf combo, you get Kapow Shrimp, and a choice of either steak bites or chicken dippers. We opted for the steak bites. The shrimp was crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, and was tossed in Montana’s signature Kapow sauce. The steak bites are lightly coated and seasoned, and are served on top of crispy Cajun onions. A delicious appetizer!
Main CourseMontanas BBQ & Bar has a menu that is sure to please every appetite. With lots of choices from Fall Off The Bone Ribs, Steak, Burgers, Fajitas, Fish, Chicken, Sandwiches, and BBQ Sampler Plates… you are sure to find something you will love.
There was so many items on the menu to choose from, and we couldn’t decide. So for our main course, the 4 of us decided to order a few dishes, and share everything.
BeefLauren looked over the kids menu, and although she found a few things on there she would like to try in the future, she opted for the 7oz Hand-Carved Steak on the promotional menu. That’s my girl! A Petite Filet Steak, lightly smoked, and grilled medium rare – just the way she likes it! With waffle fries, baked beans, and in-house baked cornbread on the side, she was one happy camper!
When I saw that Montana’s BBQ & Bar had beef ribs on the menu, I just had to try one. The Honkin’ Beef Rib is rubbed, smoked, basted and grilled. This thing is mammoth, and super juicy! I got waffle fries, baked beans, and in-house baked cornbread.
BBQ SauceFor the sauce, I chose to sample 4 of Montanas signature BBQ sauces: Texas Bold, Chipotle Honey, Apple Butter, and Sweet with Heat. If you are ordering this beef rib, you better be hungry!
I couldn’t go to a BBQ restaurant without trying the brisket! The Brisket Sandwich sounded delicious, so we ordered one. Shaved beef brisket in a light au jus, topped with crispy Cajun onions on a toasted Panini bun. Delicious!
PorkRachel loves ribs. When we go out for BBQ, it is her go-to order. The Pork Back Ribs on the Montana’s on the promotional menu did not disappoint. Hickory-smoked in-house, grilled, and sauced to order. These meaty ribs are fall-of-the-bone tender, messy, and mouth-watering. Just the way BBQ was meant to be.
ChickenWendy got the Chicken Waffle Club Sandwich from the promotional menu. She ordered this mammoth sandwich with sweet potato fries, baked beans, and in-house baked cornbread on the side. A tender Southern fried chicken breast between two flame-grilled Belgian sugar waffles. This Texas-sized sandwich is topped with lettuce, mayo, two strips of double-smoked bacon, and a zesty maple srirach sauce. You’ll need the provided wet-napkins when you are finished this bad boy!
ChorizoThe in-house smoked chorizo pork sausage, paired with a bold deli mustard for dipping, was fantastic. The choose is not too spicy, and goes well with the mustard. Pro-tip: try the chorizo with the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce on the table. It’s a wonderful pairing.
Barnyard PlateThis awesome sampler is the “coup de grâce” if you are having a tough time deciding what you want. The Barnyard Plate gives you a taste of several items. Buttermilk Country Chicken, a Build-Your-Own Pulled Pork Sandwich, 2 Pork Back Ribs, Cornbread, and your choice of one side. We opted for Waffle Fries.
The Buttermilk Country Chicken is hand-tossed in a signature breading, and then topped with a delicious country-style gravy. Makes you all warm inside!
The Build-Your-Own Pulled Pork Sandwich is nice an tender. Paired with one of the 4 BBQ sauces on the table, you can’t go wrong. Pro tip: try it with the Apple Butter BBQ Sauce – it’s delicious!
The Pork Back Ribs are fall-off-the-bone goodness. Slow smoked over hickory chips, and then fire grilled when you order them. Yum!
It was a great way to sample several of Montana’s new offerings.
CornbreadI will often judge a BBQ restaurant by their cornbread. You’re probably saying “but it’s not meat!” Cornbread has been described as the cornerstone of Southern BBQ. It’s a-maize-ing how a few simple ingredients, baked to perfection, can compliment your favourite barbecued meat.
Montana’s was able to keep their cornbread slightly crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside, with a slight crumble when cut into or bitten. Perfect, and is included as a side on a lot of their BBQ dishes.
DessertAfter we were finished our dinner, our waitress Nat came back and asked if we had thought about dessert. We had thought about it, but none of us had enough space for our own dessert.
So I started telling Nat about this dessert that Wendy and I used to share years ago at Montana’s… it was an apple cobbler that was served in a mixing cup. We’d get two spoons and share it. She laughed, as she remembered it as well.
Nat suggested we try the Skillet Cookie, and said it was big enough for all 4 of us to share. Two decadent chocolate chip cookies, served warm in a cast-iron skillet, topped with vanilla ice cream, butterscotch, and chocolate sauces.
It’s rich. It’s decadent. It’s deliciousness in a skillet.
Give Montana’s a try!We have been coming to Montana’s for years, and have always enjoyed our meals there. But we were pleasantly surprised at the new BBQ menu items now on the menu. If you are as much as a BBQ fan as I am, you’ll want to check Montana’s BBQ & Bar out for yourself.
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Disclaimer: I was invited to review Montana’s new menu and direction. Our meals were complimentary. All opinions are my own.