At RD’s Southern BBQ in Mississauga, century-old family recipes make for smoky meat that melts in the mouth
For Saugans with a passion for barbeque, a visit to RD’s Southern BBQ in Mississauga will be a thrill. The place specializes in Tennessee-style BBQ fused with Haitian recipes that date back to the late 1800s.
Tennessee-style BBQ has a rich history and a wide range. Ribs are “dry” or “wet” and ingredients in the sauces aplenty. We Canadians love our barbeque, but in the American South, barbecue is more than just a style of cooking—it’s a subculture dedicated to the art of BBQ that varies from region to region.
The menu at RD offers all the classic barbecue dishes, from racks of glazed ribs to mountains of pulled pork. Owner Jean Rimple’s style is a blend of Tennessee barbecue mixed with Cajun influences.
Besides BBQ dishes par excellence, the place also offers several Cajun and Creole entrees, like gumbo and étouffée. The menu reflects the chef’s family history.
Rimple’s great grandparents fled Louisiana for Haiti in the late 1800s to escape white supremacy and the first Ku Klux Klan movement. Chef Rimple was born in Haiti, but the ruthless dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier prompted the family to immigrate to Montreal in the 1970s.
His mother’s and aunts’ Cajun and Creole cooking was Chef Rimple’s first cooking inspiration, then came the interest in barbequing. He spent many summers during his youth learning about barbecue when visiting his uncle in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“I spent time travelling with him to barbecue fairs and shows. He was a well-awarded pit master,” Rimple recalled in an interview with CBC’s food critic, Suresh Doss.
Eventually Rimple’s cooking career brought him to Mississauga where he opened RD’s Southern BBQ three years ago. The place is a cozy dine-in and take-out restaurant with a patio on 25 Aventura Road, and a recipient of Top Choice Award Winner 2017.
At RD, Rimple and his 24-year-old son, Osei, start cooking the barbecue dishes as early as 4 a.m. This long and slow process yields super tender smoky meat— just as time-honoured Tennessee barbeque tradition dictates.
25 Aventura Court, Mississauga