Proof BBQ & Booze – Opening Soon

Attention all barbecue lovers – we’ve got word of a new low’n’slow barbecue joint and bar that’ll give you preemptive meat sweats. Proof BBQ & Booze is the name of the forthcoming barbecue and bourbon hub, which is setting up shop in the site of Harry’s Diner in Windsor. The spot comes from Ryan Lane (former general manager of The Gresham) and barbecue chef extraordinaire Michael Cameron, who are putting the effort in to do justice to the beloved art of smoky barbecue. Proof BBQ & Booze will be serving a la carte options and meat by the pound, with cuts smoked daily across a combination of cabinet and offset smokers over iron bark and fruit woods. Michael’s menu is shaping up to include all the classics, including mouth-watering beef brisket, beef short ribs, tomahawk steaks, pork ribs, pulled pork and chicken wings, plus a burger offering served on buns baked on site daily. Speaking of making things on site, Michael is also making his own bacon, burger patties, sausages, pickles, and rubs and sauces – the latter of which will be available for takeaway. Sides will include mac’n’cheese, burnt ends, shrimp and grits, beef chilli and more, plus desserts including smoked stone-fruit cobblers and smoked vanilla bean bourbon banoffee pie. As for the drinks, Ryan is tailoring the bar with a heavy bourbon focus (we’re talking more than 120 bottles), as well as other select spirits, craft cocktails and beers, as well as wines by the glass. Proof BBQ & Booze is aiming for a July opening, but rest assured we’ll let you know when the smokers fire up for the first time.


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