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About Us

Gator BBQ was formed in 1983 by a gentleman from Naples Florida by the name of Don Brown (a.k.a. the King of Ribs).

Don was also the manager of Michelbobs Rib House in Naples Florida. In 1983 Don started to tour in Canada and the US winning numerous awards. Don later sold Gator BBQ to Larry Kimball who managed the business until 2001.

Larry then sold the business to Larry Murphy of Alabama so he could concentrate on his restaurant in Flint Michigan. In 2006 Matthew and Louise Smith acquired Gator BBQ and haven’t looked back. It is now family-run business with children Kurt, Nick, Aaron and Alexis all contributing to its success.

We now tour Ontario and the Northern U.S. States doing upwards of 30 ribfests a year. Some of the awards we have won in 2008 were first place ribs Rochester New York, Best Pig Rig, Burlington Ontario, Best Food Booth Norfolk County Fair – to name a few.

So if you would like to do something special for your outdoor event or your catering needs give us a call at Gator BBQ.

~ Matt and Louise Smith & family


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What a weekend!! 😊 Thank you to everyone who came out to visit us during PD13 it was great to see everyone and meet so many new people! 🧡🧡🧡
I also want to give a HUGE shout out to our Gator BBQ team - they hustled this weekend and managed to keep smiling and keep the line ups moving! They are truly the best!! 

#portdover #pd13 #simcoe #gatorgrub #eatlocal #gatorbbq #bestteamever
Ribs & Gator Tators! 😋
We’re open down in Port Dover until 9pm! 
200 Main Street in the Gator At The Norfolk parking lot. 

Good Morning Port Dover!!! 
Apologies in advance ……… you’ll be waking up to the sweet smell of our smoker 😂 

#GatorBBQ #Ribs #bbq #food #foodie #bbqlife #bbqlovers #grilling #delicious #smoked  #cravings #Norfolkcounty #PortDover #eatlocal

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Man, we’re going to miss the ribfests. Good times, great memories!

Oh. A line up…….

What a GREAT 🌞 day for PD13!! Come down and visit the Ribfest Rig & team at 200 Main Street Port Dover in the Gator At The Norfolk parking lot and enjoy some finger licking BBQ! 

#smokedmeats #pulledpork #smokedchicken #porkribs #beefbrisket #gatorgrub #eatlocal #gatorbbq #pd13 #portdover

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How late you guys open down there

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