SCUGOG: The family run restaurant and catering service, Horn Dawgs opened its doors in Port Perry on January 13th of this year, marking today as it’s half year anniversary.
Rob Butler, owner of the restaurant, takes pride in everything served at Horn dawgs. He says, the entire menu is home made, and tastes like an authentic home cooked meal.
“We make everything from scratch. We call it upscale comfort food,” he said. “It’s kind of like what Mom or Dad would make for you.”
Mr. Butler also takes pride in his award-winning sauces, wings, ribs, pulled pork, and chilli.
He has attended rib fests and sauce competitions across Ontario for the past 7 years, and has won 250 awards, with 150 of them being first place.
A month and a half ago The America Royal BBQ Competition in Kansas City, asked Mr. Butler to enter their competition for best BBQ sauce on the planet.
“Out of 606 entrees, 13 different countries, and 43 different states, we came 10th in our category and 29th overall for best sauce in the world.”
Mr. Butler has perfected the art of making the perfect BBQ sauce through his lifetime of experience in the kitchen, having started cooking over 30 years ago, when he was 14.
He worked in Toronto as an executive chef for a number of years but decided to start a BBQ company back in 2009.
“From there we just kept growing over the years,” Mr. Butler said.
The secret to making his food so delicious is the process of marinating, smoking and preparing his dishes.
“The wings are marinated for 24 hours, then they are dusted with 13 different herbs and spices, before they’re fried,” Mr. Butler said. “As far as the pulled pork goes we use our traditional pulled pork rub, which is again 13 different herbs and spices. And then there smoked for 12 hours overnight.”
He says pretty much anything on the menu requires a long preparation time to make correctly.
“If you come in and order something we get it you as quick as we can, usually within 10 or 15 minutes but there are hours of work that’s gone into getting that to your table,” Mr. Butler said.
The restaurant itself has a family friendly approach in the front, and a bit of a sports bar feel in the back.
“The best way to describe it would be a family sports bar,” Mr. Butler said
Horn Dawgs also offers a catering service for weddings, or other events. According to the owner, they can do anything from black tie events, right down to dirty BBQ.
Anyone looking to get an award-winning, home-made meal can drop by Horn Dawgs at 15930 Old Simcoe Road. They are open from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on weekdays and are open until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Mr. Butler said, “We are about food first, people don’t just come to sit and drink. People come to eat.”