SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN OF TEXAS BBQ
Beach Hill Smokehouse has been a long time coming for co-owners Darien List and Terrence
Hill, who come from opposite ends of America: List from Buffalo and Hill from Dallas. They first met at university in Louisiana, whereupon List travelled to Texas to taste first-hand what Hill and his family can do with BBQ. List knew he needed to bring this cuisine northward some day, and made a move with his wife back to her hometown of Toronto to scope out the smoker scene.
More than two decades later, Beach Hill Smokehouse opened in the east end of Toronto with Hill as pitmaster overseeing some of the best Texasstyle BBQ this city has ever seen.
“I learned from my dad,” says Hill. “Texas style is very traditional southern cuisine. The meats are important, brisket is huge. Texas is cattle country.”
The city is a few years into a serious smoker crush, so there is no shortage of BBQ, but what makes Beach Hill special is these owners and that easy American hospitality.
“The way you see me and him, that’s pretty much how we are,” says Hill. “You see us at Metro or the gas station, this is who we are. It’s part of our upbringing.” — Pro tip: Love what you’re doing. “You love what you do, you’re going to spread happiness to everyone else,” says List.