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Ft Walton Beach BBQ

PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!! My family and I just moved to Navarre, FL six months ago and have been on a quest for good BBQ since. Looking for something in Ft. Walton beach area... we have tried the Rib Shack in Navarre and it is ok, but not THE ONE if you know what I mean. BBQ is good, too much "stuff" in the beans... and lord help me I ordered a chili dog one day and it had Cincinnati chili on it - BLASPHEMY!!!!
Any suggestions, please help us. We are sooo hungry. We like GA style BBQ- deep red sauces with a little bit of spice, brunswick stew that melts in your mouth, simple and delicious baked beans that don't include peppers or onions... any suggestions?

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  1. I'm still something of a barbecue novice, but I've heard good things about Pig Alley between the outlet mall and Sandestin. I'm blanking on the name but that barbecue/Thai place on US 98 in Mary Esther seems to have a good rep.

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    1. re: beachmouse

      Thanks, beachmouse... I'll have to try Pig Alley when I am over that way. Oh my god I ate at that bbq/thai place the other day and it was plain nasty. The thai might be good but the bbq was TERRIBLE!

      1. re: GAtransplant

        HA! Note: BBQ in a thai place. you knew better than that. It is pretty horrible there

    2. fwb;
      bbq place on race track road,near and opposite of cox cable


      hogs breathe-pulled pork sandich

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      1. re: tlg

        Thanks tlg... I will definitley try the one in FWB and Hogs Breath when I am over in Destin (not much!)

        1. re: GAtransplant

          We tried Hog's Breath Feb 05 and didn't think their BBQ was very good at all. Sorry, I don't know anyplace to recommend you to - but please post if you find a good one!

      2. Have you tried East River Smokehouse? It is on Hwy 87, past Sugar Loaf Cafe. My son and I ate there last week. We split a pork sandwich. It was good. They have beef, pork, chicken, sausage. It looks just like a bbq joint should. Tin roof, smoke billowing out the chimney and alot of trucks in the parking lot. Let me know what you think.

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        1. re: mnags

          Hey mnags... we did try East River. It was pretty good, but still not what I am looking for. I really don't think that I am going to find it here. We did go back to GA a month ago and you better bet we ate BBQ! :)

          1. re: GAtransplant

            me and my wife have fresh air BBQ in the freezer. As a matter of fact, we'll be having that tonight. Also, it tastes alot better if you reheat it on a skillet rather than the microwave.

          2. re: mnags

            east river would be good if they didnt cut up the fat inside the pork. Me and my dad ate there and we both pulled out two big chunks or fat in our sandwich.

          3. tlg mention of a BBQ place on Racetrack - That's Kinfolk's BBQ. I love their stuff. They slowcook all day long to get it right. Do be aware that their standard sauce is a tangy yellow-red, which seems to have mustard and vinegar. I DON'T know my BBQ, but I love this stuff.


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            1. re: RickRS

              Thanks, Rick. I will have to try this one... I like the yellow based sauce. Different than what I am used to, but maybe it will hold me over until my next GA trip!

            2. Try Big Daddy's on U.S. 98 in Mary Esther. It is set back from the road and not obvious. It is on the north side of 98 between Target the light at Doolittle Road.

              I see someone suggested KinFolks on Racetrack Road, and I agree. One thing with them - it's less expensive if you take the regular items, like the white chicken dinner my wife and I usually get, instead of coming up with your own list of sides and so on.

              1. I also am going to have put my two cents in for Kinfolks on Racetrack Road in FWB. It is not the Q you are looking for, which is also what I prefer, but in this area Kinfolks just may have to satisfy you. It is a Memphis-type mustard-based sauce, but this is a little family-owned place that puts in the time to make it right and they do a good job. I'm not a Brunswick Stew fan, but I know their's is popular. However, if you do find that perfect Q in this general area, please let me know--I've been on the look-out for 20 years!

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                1. re: pammy

                  Thanks everyone for your replies... Kinfolks will be our next stop for sure. Pammy I am still on the hunt and will definitley let you know if I find THE ONE!

                  If I hit the lotto any time soon, I will open up my own and let all of you know about it ;)

                2. Your area is a mite weak for traditional Q,but if you get west to Mobile you have Saucey Q and The brick Pit.


                  1. I don't see Mary's Kitchen BBQ on this list. It's been around FWB for quite a while and is at it's current location at the intersection of Eglin and Yacht Club. They have GREAT pies too.

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                    1. re: dixietime

                      mary's kitchen bbq is not good. the sauce is the same as ketchup

                    2. Kinfolk's, Kinfolk's, Kinfolk's! I gre up in FWB, and while it's been a while since I last ate there, it's the best damn barbecue I've ever tasted. Well, except maybe for this little shack in Missouri, but that's a little out of the way. Kinfolk's is the best barbecue you'll find anywhere in Florida.

                      1. You sound like us when we moved to Navarre! We were looking for ANY kind of good food ..... we recently tried the newest rib place (by Walmart in Midway) and it was about as good as The Rib Shack for a pulled pork sandwich. The side of potato salad I got at the new place was very small and kind of bland. The decor was neat, place was clean and staff was friendly. At the Rib Shack we didn't really like the mustard potato salad, however they have good slaw, beans and fries. Smokehouse is a popular local hangout so I don't think they try to hard... Pulled pork was good but we didn't care to eat it with slices of white bread. And what kind of barbecue place doesn't have french fries??? Wait Staff is okay, menu is restrictive and not varied--also no substitutions on meals, etc...

                        1. I have been looking for a good BBQ place in the Destin/FWB/Mary Esther area too.
                          I've been to some of the places that people have mentioned here, and in my opinion,
                          there's just no authentic BBQ in the area. I tried Kinfolk's sliced beef BBQ as recommended by someone here. The meat I got had a faint hint of smoke and wasn't actually "sliced", but cut into small square pieces and the meat was dry. I'd like to give it the benefit of the doubt and try other things on their menu on a second visit, but I'm not even sure I'd go back again. I really had high expectations when I went there and now I'm a bit disappointed. I think Golden Corral serves better BBQ meats. Otherwise we're better off BBQing in our backyards.

                          1. Hi GAtransplant! I am wondering if the BBQ place that you enjoy in Ga is Fresh Air BBQ? I have tons of family in GA and love that BBQ. My father cooks the best BBQ, I wish he could open a bussiness himself. I have tried the places people have suggested here. I am not a big fan of Kinfolks the sause taste a little burnt to me. The brunsk. stew is not that good to me either, but it is a lot better than Daddy's the Thai/BBQ place. East River had a good vinegar based sauce, which I know you said you tried. Mary's Kitchen has changed owners and they do have good BBQ and veggie sides. Country cooking! Jim and Nicks in Niceville has pretty good BBQ. It is a drive through only. Now I have never had Brooks Bridge BBQ, but my friend who is a BBQ lover like myself said it was really good. I have not found my "place" yet, besides my father's BBQ! Let me know how your search goes.

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                            1. re: lisa0477

                              lol its funny how us ga folks like fresh air BBQ. i love that place

                            2. Why hasn't anyone mentioned Sonny's in FWB? I got the "mixed meat" dinner (pulled pork plus pulled brisket) and thought I would die. (But then, I live in New England, so any decent BBQ is a treat). I like their mustard BBQ sauce also. Corn bread has bits of fresh corn in it, too.

                              The Rib Shack on Navarre Parkway in Navarre has just added sweet potato fries and they were great. Also, we like their 1/2 chicken better than the pork, which wasn't that special. Chicken was moist and smokey. Slaw was pretty good, too.

                              1. well being from GA, there aint nothing like fresh air BBQ in Macon, or Jackson GA. I've tried every BBQ place in Ft walton and Kinfolks is the best. East river has too much fat in their pork. mary b's sauce tastes like ketchup. when i go to a BBQ place i want pork, not chicken or brisket. Try kinfolks. i dont think you will be disappointed

                                1. Anyone tried that new place in Niceville right by the 20-85 junction? Think it's called Hog Heaven.

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                                  1. re: beachmouse

                                    no not yet. the guy who runs that place started in a little trailer behind dodge's chicken. his bbq sauce is good. its a vinegar based sauce. i know his pork is good. try him out. you should like it. let me know how it is

                                    1. re: GAboy

                                      Tried it the other day, and it'll be a part of the regular lunch rotation. The pulled chicken was tender enough that it probably only had to be gently nudged off the bone. Of the sauces, we liked the mustard one the best. Fries were good, but I have to say I like Jim and Nick's mac and cheese better.