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Cannon's Rib Express - 58 Reviews - 5410 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (503) 288-3836

Cannon's Rib Express

5410 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 288-3836
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Been here twice with my family and nothing to complain about. I recommend Cannon's rib


The advantage is that there's not too long a wait generally so if you want average BBQ to take out it's all right. As others have noted, the beef brisket is fatty and the chicken ...

Good Q 11/4/2011

Very Good BBQ, for this area, hard to find a decent BBQ establishment here in Portland. more

Third review is a charm, this is bad BBQ! 7/11/2011

HORRIBLE BBQ! Overpriced to begin with, and that doesn't even cover it. The side items are the worst! They're extremely dry and taste like they've been sitting under a heat lamp all day long, oh wait, they have! The BBQ itself is fatty, and tasteless. If you want truly good BBQ with great sides, I suggest Clays on Division, or Outlaw BBQ in Clackamas off of 224. I laugh at the people who claim this is good BBQ, you must like McDonald's quality BBQ, cause that's what this is. Also they're scamming people with the restaurant coupons since they don't take them. more

I know bad bbq. Cannons is really, really bad. 5/9/2011

'Worst ever' doesn't begin to cover it. Inedible from the first bite. Literally 'spit it out' bad. The 'rib tips' we ordered were obviously microwaved repeatedly to the point they were like BBQ'ed wood splinters. The mac and cheese was hard and cold. I agree with the previous reviewer. I wouldn't feed it to a stray dog. more

Worst BBQ Ever, Wouldn't Feed It To My Dog!!! -2 Stars 4/18/2011

I wish I could give them negative stars!! Went to Cannon's Rib Express, it was the worst BBQ ever, I don't know who thinks they taste good on here, obviously you folks have not tasted good ol' fashioned ""Q"", the sides look like they were meant for a baby food jar size for $2 you got to be out your mind they should be ashamed of themselves for serving this garbage; and the sides they look like they were microwaved that day and taste like it too, bland, no flavor having sides, the desserts are not authentic at all, the banana bread pudding was boxed garbage with valillla wafers in it. The pork sandwich was very dry, like biting into a cardboard box with bbq sauce on it. Izzy's bbq tastes better than this, and Kfc too. The meat tastes like it was all just thrown in a processor and have bbq sauce just thrown over it. I wouldn't feed a dog with this JUNK, STAY AWAY!!! Try Po'Shynes in Kenton, they are legit and fresh bbq!!! If thats what you are looking for!! more

Great Place to Hang Out 11/30/2010

Been here twice with my family and nothing to complain about. I recommend Cannon's rib more

By Default, The Best Around. 11/26/2010

I'm a big BBQ fan, and I really like Cannon's. The best bet is the bucket of rib tips, when it's available. The ribs are always smoky and spicy. I'm never disappointed. It's not the best BBQ I've ever had, but it's probably the best around here. more

Fraud Alert: won't honor restaurant dot com certificates 8/9/2010

Cannon's Rib Express refused to honor the restaurant dot com certificate which I paid good money for, saying they are no longer accepting them. more

Mediocre expensive food, rude service 6/25/2010

$13 for a microwaved brisket dinner with white air-bread instead of the advertised corn bread. 9oz. of brisket included 3.5 oz of fat (yes, I weighed it). Sauce tasted bottled. Pros: location Cons: food, service, cost more

Mediocre at best 3/19/2010

I am a North Carolinian and I DO KNOW ""Q"" ! There is NO shortcut to getting awesome BBQ ribs. It takes roughly four to five hours of slow smoking at no more than 275-300 degrees and you must add seasoned hickory to the coals to get good smoke flavor ( or fruit woods work as well like apple wood or peach or cherry wood chips and chunks ). PERFECT ribs should NOT fall off the bone !!!!!! Thats the first sign of pre boiled ribs. If the meat fall off the bone, they've been boiled to begin with and more than likely also overcooked as well.. Otherwise, the ribs were ""ok"" but NOT GREAT . Period ! The kiss of death for Cannons was the last thing they did to my rack of ribs just before serving them to me and that was the put the whole rack in the microwave for five minutes to ""re-heat"" them. YUK. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG ! Great Ribs and microwaves DO NOT MIX. PERIOD. The problem is that in NC, BBQ is a way of life. In Portland, its foreign. Sure, people have been throwing a rack of ribs on grilles here for years but then what you get is ""grilled ribs"". YUK. GREAT ribs have to be S L O W smoked for hours and served right off the grille. No two ways about it. Not going to find GREAT ribs anywheres in Portland unfortunately. By far, the closest I have found to good ol' southern Q'd ribs is the Dixon Family BBQ place which is on Alberta Street, not far from Cannons. Go give them a try and you'll immediately see the difference. NO shortcuts taken there, I guarantee it. Other than Dixon's, finding GREAT ribs in Portland is like trying to find fresh salmon in Kansas. Bon Apetite !!!! Pros: quick friendly service Cons: ribs are boiled to begin with and nuked to heat before servi more

almost the best 1/10/2010

frequent this place reg .and always comes through for me and family,friendly service ,and the ribs r2die 4! thumbs up for cannons try for yourself..... Pros: good food Cons: cant think of any more

almost the best 1/10/2010

very good bbq , wayne cannon has really worked this place since aquiring from chuck hinton,, same good sauce , ribs,, yummie thumbs up! Pros: tender ribs with great sauce more

Skimped on the side dishes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1/7/2010

I got 2 sides with my chicken dinner. Beans and potatoe salad. There was no potatoe in my salad which means it was almost all egg and there were hardly any beens in my beans. It was all liquid. I have been going to cannon's since the Hinton family owned it in th eighties. That's right since 85' and they let me down big time. If I ever go back I will go to Overpriced New Seasons (which is feet awaY) for my side dishes and just order the half chicken. If they didn't skimp on their side dishes then I wouldn't have to write this review. There barbecue sauce is still the best but Chuckie would be ashamed about the side dish scenerio. Pros: Best barbecue sauce in town. Cons: Slow service more

GOOD RIBS! 1/2/2010

TENDER ribs with tasty sauce , nothin left to be desired, some of these neg reviews are absurd,maybe false post for whatever the reason ,I can honestly say ""these are good ribs!"" SINCERLY, J.T Pros: GOOD RIBS! more

smells great tastes great 12/26/2009

i had a great time talking to wayne the owner. pulled pork rib sandwich was tender and not over sauced. red beans and rice were savory and not too sweet. cornbread was moist yet crumbly. will definitely go back, and try the ribs. Pros: close to where i live Cons: none to speak of so far more

Good and cheap! 10/15/2009

A neighborhood treasure! Pros: Good and Cheap Cons: Slow wait time... Just call ahead. more

A 'Pit' 9/24/2009

I am surprised that this place has a permit to serve Pros: Best example of what 'cue should not be. Cons: Everything more

no way! 6/26/2009

get a meat, pour gasoline all over it, will taste similar.. Cons: it;s con more

gotta be kidding me! 6/26/2009

Look at their smoker and bbq equipment next to their cashier...tastes not edible, just get your own bbq grill Cons: it's a joke.. more

Negative Reviewers Love the 1/22/2009

Man, oh, man?I can?t believe that people actually gave Cannon?s a negative review! I?m tellin? you, don?t be trustin? people who think good BBQ comes from a fast food chain semiannually. I have spanned the city in search of the best pulled pork sandwich in town and I can say that I have found it! I?m livin the dream! Pros: Great food. Great price. Great atmosphere. Great place. Cons: Hot sauce could be hotter, but isn't that always the case? more

BBQ 9/7/2008

I can't tell you how disappointed I am on my first visit in a couple of years to this place. There is no meat on our beef ribs and they taste of fuel. The sauce in the bottom of the to-go container is nice but I have nothing edible to put it on. My husbands chopped pork sandwich is spicy (in a good way) but still below average. The side of collards was watery but passable. Don't waste your gas money. Pros: live music Cons: bad food, rude service, long wait more
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Owner Message

  • Take just a moment to savor the aroma, then get ready for generous helpings of mouth-watering, hickory-smoked meats, dripping with tangy-sweet or spicy barbecue sauce. (Our sauce is so good we sell it by the gallon!). Try super-tender beef & pork ribs, fall-off-the-bone chicken, crispy catfish or hearty rice bowls. Try to choose from all your favorite side dishes & desserts, from greens & beans, to peach cobbler & sweet potato pie. We also offer a variety of vegetarian fare, so you don't have to be a meat eater to enjoy a delicious meal at Cannon's.

    Come see why thousands of satisfied customers keep coming back.

    Award Winning Genuine Hickory Smoked BBQ & Our Own Secret Sauce!

    ~Custom Catering
    ~Carry out


  • The Scene
    Owner Wayne Cannon is reason to visit--he's friendly and swift at serving the droves of carnivores at the takeout window. All the meat-heavy sandwiches and dinners here are...

  • 7/13/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Sun-Mon, Wed, Thu 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
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    Master Card, American Express, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Concordia, Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods