Hogtails BBQ – Best BBQ in the city

Well, I finally made it out to Hogtails BBQ in North Waterloo.  Well, let’s be honest…I’ve been there 3 times in two weeks.

Yes, it’s my new favourite restaurant in town.

Firstly: one of the staff members is a Celiac, and all three times I ordered she was working and knew exactly what I could eat.  Ask for her if you are concerned!

But there are so many items on the menu that are gluten free.  Almost all the meats are (I tried the ribs, chicken, beef brisket, pulled pork), and many of the sides are.  The french fries and sweet potato fries are gluten free but are cooked in the same fryer as other fried products.  Bummer.  But there are many other options.  The sides that are gluten free are:

  • Red Beans and Rice
  • Coleslaw
  • Baked Beans (Update 2014: These are not GF at Lancaster Smokehouse.  Uncertain if they are GF at Hogtails anymore.)
  • Vegetables
  • Potato Salad

I can’t remember if the Grits and Collard Greens are gluten free – I think so but I’d ask to make sure.  You get two of them with most meals, and if you ask for no cornbread you can get a small 3rd side for free.

Overall the food was incredible.  The meat is delicious and the BBQ sauce is just perfect.  All the sides I tried were really tasty.  Note: you get a LOT of food, so prepare your appetite or prepare for left overs.

Highly recommended – check it out if you haven’t already!

Note: it is highly encouraged to order in advance and take the food out with you.  The restaurant itself is quite small and you’d probably have to wait a while to get a table.


4 thoughts on “Hogtails BBQ – Best BBQ in the city”

  1. the grits and collard greens are gluten free! as are all the salads (without croutons or tortilla strips) as well as the salad dressings.

  2. Any idea if the Lancaster Smokehouse (Same people as Hogtails but a different location) has anything gluten free? I’m going Saturday and want to try to find out what I can eat before hand. If no one has any information I’ll try to remember to leave a comment after. Thanks so much for making this website; I just learned about so many new places I can eat!

  3. Lancaster Smokehouse does have many things gluten free. The menu is similar to Hogtails, but I’ve just learned the baked beans are not gluten free. The fries are also cooked in the same oil as other gluten products.

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