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Holy Smoke BBQ

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420 - 16th Ave NE, Calgary, Alberta AB T2G 4B4, Canada
403.605.9365
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 16
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  • 18
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  • 9
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  • 4
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Delicious but so greasy I cant ever eat there again :(

Used to love this place but then it kept getting greasier and greasier. I ate a pulled pork sandwich last time and it poured out grease... Now even though I love the smell of the place when you drive by and I LOVE BBQ the most out of anything.. I just cant eat there anymore. Makes me sad actually :(

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 18, 2015
Sasha G
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

On the day of moving to our new house, cooking was obviously a no-go so my husband disappeared for take out. Apparently among his friends, when you move house, Holy Smoke food is a tradition. So in my first Canadian home, I was initiated into a feast of tender, juicy and flavourful Brisket, and amazing pulled pork sandwiches, with tasty... More 

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Thank curiousreindeer
Calgary, Canada
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104 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Used to love this place but then it kept getting greasier and greasier. I ate a pulled pork sandwich last time and it poured out grease... Now even though I love the smell of the place when you drive by and I LOVE BBQ the most out of anything.. I just cant eat there anymore. Makes me sad actually :(

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Thank Sasha G
pixcee
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Ive only eaten at the one up in Deerfoot Mall food court but man!! They are TASTY! Their cornbread is the best Ive ever tasted and have eaten TONS of it :) Always get the pulled pork sandwich and cornbread when I go... it's also nice to have a good sized range of different sauces you can add to it... More 

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Thank pixcee
Edmonton, Canada
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Amazing!! I had the barnyard (pork, beef, chicken) and my son had the manwich(beef and chicken). they come with a side (corn bread is great). 9 BBQ sauces to choose from and full will you be. I been to texas and this is as good as it gets the meat is tender full of the bone (if it had a... More 

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Thank m0nkman69
Airdrie, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015 via mobile

This place has amazing meat and great food! I was very impressed with all the different sauces I could try and the quality of the food! I will definetly be visiting here often :)

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Thank J-Bone17
Calgary, Canada
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Finding a true BBQ joint with smoked meat is always a treat. Holy Smoke offers great BBQ: pulled pork, ribs and the brisket are excellent. Especially like the southern influence of unsweetened ice tea and tasty lemonade. There is a small seating area and its counter service - good for take out or grabbing a seat at the counter. Good... More 

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Thank JorgeSubie
Cold Lake, Canada
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225 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

I hit up their food truck downtown and was not impressed. When you go to a food truck you expect lots of food for a decent price. Their truck is different, lots of food but you are paying for it as well. I also found the chicken to be dry, like I saw on reviews, and coleslaw to be missing... More 

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Thank Mkilburn9
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My go-to place in Calgary for smoked meat sandwiches. I take visitors here to get a taste of the best Calgary BBQ. A fun atmosphere and a very cool interior. You need to go here!

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Thank Kevin C
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81 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

Over priced for over rated food. My brisket had no taste and chicken was dry and hard to chew, again with no flavor, had to soak it in barbeque sauce for taste. Regrets but will not stop again.

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Calgary, Canada
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369 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The rating for this restaurant is really only based on the food - it's excellent. We were hosting a group so we phoned ahead and had them have 6 dozen ribs and 9 sides ready for us. I have to say that they were ready for me at the agreed to time and I was in and out in less... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 420 - 16th Ave NE, Calgary, Alberta AB T2G 4B4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary
  • Phone Number: 403.605.9365

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

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