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What is your favorite BBQ in Miami-Dade?

yomyb Jul 6, 2007 02:54 PM

Is there such a place? In the 10 years of living in the USA I cannot say I have had fantastic BBQ. I know traveling out of Miami would be best...but I'd like to hear what you all have to say about our local places. :-)

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    Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: yomyb Jul 6, 2007 04:41 PM

    I really like The Pit, on SW 8th Street, past the edge of civilization on the way to the Miccosukee Casino and lots of Everglades after that. Before that, I had been going to Shorty's on US-1 my entire life in Miami, but I do think The Pit is better.

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      tpigeon RE: yomyb Jul 6, 2007 05:39 PM

      Not a bbq joint but can't resist any bbq dishes @ river oyster bar.

      1. 2top RE: yomyb Jul 6, 2007 06:41 PM

        Whoa! The new Beach Bar B Que at 16th & Washington, puts all the others to shame.

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          Nick RE: yomyb Jul 6, 2007 08:08 PM

          I like The Pit as well. It's not the best I've ever had, but you can't argue with those deep fried biscuits. I was unimpressed by Shivers. Have yet to try Shorty's.

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            Miafoodie RE: Nick Jul 7, 2007 08:55 PM

            shivers is the best, its slow as hell and far as hell but its the best. shortys is an institution but the foods 'eh', pit's not bad either.

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            mialebven RE: yomyb Jul 9, 2007 09:20 AM

            I've been curious about this topic as well. What about People's Bar-B-Q close by downtown and Koky's BBQ in Hialeah?

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              advisor_Girl RE: mialebven Jul 9, 2007 09:48 AM


              People's "comfort food" options are much better IMHO than their BBQ.

              I agree with 2top about Beach BBQ (16/Washington Ave) and often get the "whacked pork plate with piggy sauce on the side" (a house made vinegar jus that's just SO GOOD though they serve a 6pack of other sauces from hot to sweet on the side) and the onion rings and the mashed sweets are tops too!! 2Top and I both ditched hound's night at the Johnny V's Cuba-Q and dined happily ever after at Beach BBQ as I recall.

              A recent visit to the bar at the River Oyster yielded what seemed to be a diced grilled pork chop drenched in BBQ sauce in lieu of their legendary BBQ pork sammie. AdvisorBoy wept.

              Sorry TP... we will try the ribs next time mos'def.


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                LesleyEats RE: advisor_Girl Jul 9, 2007 11:17 AM

                Beach BBQ was a major surprise to me..it was fantastic. I thought it was just another cheesy chain wanna be, but not at all. However, what's the deal with the bizarro Disney-esque decor. Those mannequins scare me! And The Pit is still number one in my opinion for authentic down n dirty bbq!

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                  tpigeon RE: LesleyEats Jul 9, 2007 01:55 PM

                  Beach BBQ is a cheesy chain wanna be :). This is their first location.

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                ehl3 RE: mialebven Jul 10, 2007 10:55 AM

                Koky's in Hialeah is my favorite is SoFla, though I live close to Shorty's and visit often. Sonny's sliced pork is also pretty awesome, even if it is a chain.

              3. yomyb RE: yomyb Jul 9, 2007 11:50 AM

                Thanks guys...so happy you like Beach BBQ...4 blcosk from my door...have to check it out ;-)
                What else???

                1. keysrat RE: yomyb Jul 10, 2007 02:32 PM

                  The Pit. No question. The indian fry bread is great as already mentioned.
                  Shorty's and Shiver's are long past thier prime. No thanks.
                  If you want to head farther north, try Tom Jenkin's in Broward.

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                    Nick RE: keysrat Jul 10, 2007 06:11 PM

                    Funny, I never thought of it like fry bread. I guess that's because on my first trip there I saw those biscuits popping out of their tube and going straight into the frier. I'd never thought to deep fry those "exploding" biscuits, so it was sort of a revelation.

                  2. lianas RE: yomyb Jul 11, 2007 10:47 AM

                    The Pit is the best, but it's all the way out in the everglades, so it's definitly a hike. Not a huge fan of the individual key lime pies, a litttle too sweet... but I would go back just for the ribs and biscuts.

                    Beach BBQ is ok. The problem that I have with them is not the cheesy decor or the fact that it's a "chain-wanna-be"; it's their side dishes. I've been their twice now and the ribs are pretty good, but the side of collards were soggy and tasteless and the mashed sweet potatoes have all brown sugar flavor, no salt, not even the taste of the sweet potatoe. French fries were sub par, and even the corn bread isn't that great. I think the problem with the cornbread is that the loaf is too big, so you get all of the crumbly inside and not enough crunchy outside. Just my opinion.

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