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ash0529 Feb 7, 2009 01:44 PM

I had a BBQ truck sighting today as I was driving past Walmart at the corner of Belvedere and Military Tr in West Palm Beach. I believe it was called Pit BBQ or something with Pit in it. It was a huge black trailer and had a sign that said "competition winning bbq", which for all I know they could have won worst bbq in the world and wouldn't have been lying with the sign. The huge investment in the big rig leads me to believe they have something worth while though. I wanted to know if anyone has tried the truck and their opinion? I was seriously tempted to try it, but it was about 2 hours from my dinner reservation, so I had to resist the urge. Unless there are some bad reviews, I'll probably try it within the week and get back here with my opinion.

  1. freakerdude Feb 7, 2009 02:43 PM

    I think it's Jim's or Jack's Pit BBQ? It's just north of Belvedere on Military Trail east side. He has been there for at least 1.5 years as I have seen it everytime I take my dog to the vet. I've always been tempted to try but it's never been the right time for me. He does a fair bit of business from what I have seen. Please give us the low-down on this big BBQ trailer.

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      ash0529 Feb 9, 2009 05:24 AM

      My curiousity got the best of me and I went by to try it last night. Unfortunately, they apparently do not drive the truck over on Sundays, or at least not Sunday night (it was around 6 pm). Hopefully I'll get a chance to stop by later this week though.

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        ash0529 Feb 15, 2009 08:22 AM

        Attempt #2. No luck again. This time it was Saturday at noon. Their hours are very interesting,,,

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          freakerdude Feb 21, 2009 02:07 PM

          I made it there today at 12:45 and the name is Flaming Pit. The pulled pork wasn't ready so I got a 1/2 lb of ribs and mac-n-cheese, The ribs were 2nd or 3rd best that I have sampled and they were done "right". Slighly smokey, tender, and a nice texture on the outside. Some were kind of crunchy on the exterior which I really liked but moist and tender everywhere else. Hot BBQ sauce was your basic mixture of tomato and mustard, which had that orange color, slightly sweet, and a nice spicey kick. Mac-n-chesse was average and forgettable. For $10.20 total w/o drink, it was well worth it. Ribs came with 2 slices of white bread.

          I'd say their ribs are on par with Troy's in Boynton and they do a decent business since they are at the entry to Wal Mart. If I am in the area , I will definitely hit them up again. The trailer is BIG with two serving areas/order windows and the rear dedicated to one or two large smokers.....sweet!

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            ash0529 May 1, 2009 05:25 AM

            Well after several failed attempts, I finally got back over to the Flaming Pit and was torn after your review whether I should try the pulled pork or the ribs, but I'm a pulled pork guy so I tried that and the mac and cheese. Completely agree with your comments on the mac; average and forgettable. The pulled pork was interesting. A little dry, but it was about 7:45 at night, so I'll let that slide. I was picking up a buttery/garlicy flavor and I thought it was from the bun but it didn't look like there was anything on the bun, and rightfully so. Overall, I would say it was completely average and next time I'll go for the ribs. After living in NC for 6 years, I haven't found any pulled pork that has held its own down here.

            Speaking of NC BBQ, does anyone down in S. FL do the vinegar based sauce that is worthy of a taste?

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              RickL May 1, 2009 06:31 AM

              The only place I know that does East Carolina style BBQ is the Dixie Pig on Dixie Highway between Commercial and Prospect in Fort Lauderdale. Mrs. L and I have gone there for lunch a couple of times and I thought the the pulled pork was pretty good for SoFla and I enjoy the NC-style sauce which is in squeeze bottles and not served already on the pork. Their collards are also pretty good.

              That said, I'm not sure I'd make a special trip from the WPB area just to eat at the Dixie Pig but it's worth a try if you're in the area.

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              Dixie Pig Bar-B-Q
              4495 N Dixie Hwy, Oakland Park, FL 33334

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                ash0529 May 1, 2009 08:22 AM

                Good thing I asked! I'm going to be in FTL tomorrow so I'll try and stop by. Thanks Rick.

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                conch king Jul 6, 2010 05:01 PM

                Hey,ash0529

                You have to try Sheila's Famous In lake Worth There on s.dixie hwy. I luv this place. The phone # is 561-951-223 best pulled pork I have found..

      2. CFByrne Feb 24, 2009 04:01 AM

        Speaking of Q, I hit Jack's on Oakland Park Blvd last Saturday.

        One thing is for sure: Their collard greens are the best I've ever had anywhere anytime. I don't know what they steam them in but that is some awesome flavor. Not too salty not too sweet, just perfect. I wonder if it's some msg type stuff, it was that good that I'm almost suspicous of "foul play"!

        Jack's Bar-B-Q Smokehouse
        500 E Oakland Park Blvd
        Oakland Park, FL 33334
        (954) 567-9595

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          johnmlinn Feb 28, 2009 11:52 AM

          Indeed, man. Btw, there's a lot of BBQ cooks out there slipping a little MSG into sauces and such. And lately I've heard a lot of debate over the negative effects of the much maligned flavor enhancer. This article is a couple years old but worth a read:

          http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

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            pikiliz Jul 16, 2009 12:34 PM

            great read about msg thank you
            also I have eaten at troy's in boynton once good bbq but the wait was 30 min for the food to come to the window. I never got the sense that cared if the sold bbq or not.
            BTW doed antbody remember Bahama Smokehouse in Delray beach

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            freakerdude Nov 17, 2011 09:55 AM

            Yes, Jack's BBQ's collards kick booty! But their bbq sauces have 'too awesome' of a flavor. They almost must have msg in them. I've never tasted such great sauces but can't put my finger on why they are so good. Ribs are very well smoked as I like them but a bit dry. Re-heating them with some apple juice worked great for my take homes. I like Jack's much better than Tom Jenkins.

          3. CFByrne Apr 12, 2009 02:28 AM

            Yesterday was my BBQ NIGHTMARE!!! Has it ever happened to you?

            2pm we start thinking about dinner. Hmmm maybe get some takeout Q, come home and watch the Mets / Marlins game at 6PM on TV. Sounds like a plan!

            We had to go shopping down to Glades in Boca, so I'm thinking take the easy route and get the Q at Whole Foods. They've got a smoker and it's actually pretty good. "Oh, they got rid of the Q section at WF" my wife says. OK no problem, I'll just head up to Troy's.

            So at 6PM I drive up to Troy's with my mouth watering, and you know what happens, right? I pull in and it's closed, not a car in sight, no sign. Easter weekend? Who knows. Anyway, Darn! OK, it could be worse. I'll just shoot down a few blocks to Rufus's - I know that's open on Saturday!

            3 minutes later I pull into Rufus's. Yay - they are open!!! This is going to be a GREAT night now. Until...

            "Oh hi, sorry, we are sold out. Everything's gone."

            Arghhhhh!!!!!!

            I briefly considered getting take out from Lucille's but by now the whole idea was somewhat ruined and I figured anyway if I went there it probably will have just burned down or something. :-)

            So Plan E went into effect. I went to Publix, got a pound of 16-20 shrimp on sale for $5.99 and made Shrimp Scampi/Linguine at home.

            Oh and then the finale...

            The Mets / Marlins game was blacked out on TV. So we couldn't watch it. OK, not a problem, we have this Netflix DVD we've been waiting to watch: Australia.

            We put it in and after a half hour decide it stinks and well,

            I think I'm just going to start fresh on Sunday with some new plans.

            :-)

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              HotMelly Apr 12, 2009 09:12 AM

              CFByrne,, You were so close to Hurricane Alley in Boynton. Ocean Ave just west of US #1. That would have been my choice after so many failed attempts.

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                freakerdude Apr 12, 2009 06:41 PM

                No matter how desperate I got, I would never turn to Lucille's. Your charcoal grill with hamburgers and Kraft BBQ sauce blow that place away.

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                  johnmlinn Apr 13, 2009 10:35 AM

                  "I briefly considered getting take out from Lucille's ... I figured anyway if I went there it probably will have just burned down or something..."

                  As long as no one was injured, this couldn't be a bad thing. XD

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                  CFByrne Mar 24, 2010 02:20 AM

                  I just came across a review of Rufus Ribs on Clean Plate Charlie (not me) from about a year ago. He talks about some amazing wild hog dish they have once in a while. Anyone had this?

                  http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cle...

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                    conch king Jul 6, 2010 05:09 PM

                    Hey,CFByrne
                    Try Sheila's Famous.They are open 7day's a week the bbq,is really good aways fresh when we go there. It's in the south end of Lake Worth. The # there is 561-951-2723 Really good food there.

                  2. freakerdude Jun 14, 2009 06:19 PM

                    I recently came across a Red's Backwoods BBQ ad on this site. Has anyone ever been? They opened in Boca in 1998 and then in WPB on Northlake west of the Bee Line Expwy. in 2000. I can't believe I have never even heard about this place. And they serve Brunswick stew.

                    http://www.redsbackwoodsbbq.com/index...

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                      SaminSFL Jun 15, 2009 01:19 PM

                      Red's isnt anything special IMO, but talking about trucks on the side of the road, if you go more north to 45th st and head east on the north side there is a BBQ place about 1 mile east of 95. They are closet Mondays and Sundays I believe. I have had real good Pulled Pork, there sauces are real good as well, Ask for the Twister sauce Nice tangy and hot

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                        freakerdude Jun 15, 2009 03:09 PM

                        You are talking about McCray's II BBQ.

                        http://www.mccrays2bbq.com/

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                          johnmlinn Jun 17, 2009 12:19 PM

                          Worth a trip up to WPB to visit?

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                            freakerdude Jun 17, 2009 05:20 PM

                            johnmlinn, since I know you from your posts/reviews here and at brwrdpb, and suspecting you are in the Ft Laud. area, I would say only if you are in the area. Maybe you could make a dual pit stop to C&C BBQ in WPB then head up to McCray's II since they are both close to I-95.

                            My McCray's review:

                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/592534

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                              freakerdude Jun 17, 2009 05:31 PM

                              Chowhound links

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                              Mccray's II Backyard Bar BQ
                              1521 45th St West, Palm Beach, FL

                              C & C Barbeque
                              4001 S Dixie Hwy West, Palm Beach, FL

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                                johnmlinn Jun 19, 2009 08:41 AM

                                Cool, thank you both. I'll make a BBQ day of it next time I'm up there and hit those two. :-D

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                            SaminSFL Jun 17, 2009 12:30 PM

                            Right, I thought that was the name, but wasnt sure. and Yes I think it is worth the trip IMO. Had no idea they had a web site!

                      2. CFByrne Apr 11, 2010 01:41 PM

                        Local Q hounds may want to check out Bedner's Farm Stand on 441, 3 miles north of Atlantic Ave, in west Boynton. Yes, a Farm Stand for BBQ!

                        On Sat and Sun they now have a guy there with a smoker set up, sellings ribs, pulled pork and some sides. Very friendly bunch, I noted he had on a "Florida Pro BBQ Association" T shirt or something like that.

                        I was about to have dinner at home - so I only grabbed a pulled pork sandwich, it was very good. As I was eating it, it was getting late and so he came over and said "here, try a rib too". Yum.

                        Bedner's is a great place regardless for produce, they also have a home made ice-cream stand and all kinds of stuff that make this something of a Foodies destination. Chairs are out on the front porch, their cute mute Junior will welcome you too. Check them out on the web, they are also on Facebook.

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                          CFByrne Apr 14, 2010 04:46 AM

                          BTW Bedner's just posted on Facebook " Three B's BBQ will be back again this weekend. They will be selling their pulled pork by the pound if you are interested."

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                            CFByrne Jul 2, 2010 10:39 AM

                            They've now got a more-or-less permanent BBQ set up at Bedners - it's quite a display of iron and wood and cool stuff like that ;-) I believe they're going to be open every weekend day. Would love to hear an expert review. As I mentioned above, if you go on appearances alone they would seem to have a good idea of what they are doing.
                            PS: BTW Major Typo in post above!
                            "Their cute mute Junior will greet you" should have been "mutt". Ooops.

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                              OysterHo Jul 5, 2010 09:18 AM

                              OOooo I can't wait to go! Something always keeps coming up and I forget! I wonder if they're going to do it today - not a Sunday - but a holiday. I wish!

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                                CFByrne Jul 14, 2010 01:48 PM

                                Bedners BBQ is taking a break until September, Instead they will have The Rolling Stove truck there which is not too shabby food.

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                                  OysterHo Jul 14, 2010 04:27 PM

                                  I saw that - and saw you 'like' it too! :) I'm going to TRY for this weekend when I go get my produce. :)

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                                    RickL Sep 23, 2010 06:31 PM

                                    The BBQ truck is back at Bedner's this Saturday, September 24th with a new name "Porky and Beth's BBQ" and a web site http://www.porkyandbethsbbq.com/ They'll be selling pulled pork sandwiches for $4.00 (reg. $5.50) and they've expanded their menu.

                                    They're "open Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 until food's gone"

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                                      freakerdude Sep 24, 2010 05:40 PM

                                      Hmmm....sounds worthy of a road trip.

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                                        freakerdude Oct 2, 2010 01:11 PM

                                        I made it out to Porky and Beth's BBQ today at Bedner's. This farmers market is a really nice place. Outside was Porky and Beth's BBQ trailer along with the Rolling Stove. Their trailer (and possibly the smokers) are brand spanking new and it was pretty busy.

                                        I tried the pork sandwich plate and asked for 2 ribs on the side to try. The pork was shredded and had a small amount of sauce on it. The sandwich was kind of small but the sandwich with 2 sides was only around $8.50. Pork sandwich was pretty good but I don't care for the shredded pork variety.

                                        They have 2 sauces and they only make the spicy version. Mac n cheese was decent but needed more cheese, just as pikilz said. But the baked beans were some of the best I have had in a long time. They must add apples to their beans since I was fairly sure I tasted it.

                                        The ribs were the highlight of my visit. Perfectly smoked, nice pink ring, a light dry rub, and very juicy. The latter was a big surprise since it is rare to have a perfectly smoked juicy rib. Maybe I just caught the perfect timing on that batch. Smoke flavor was spot on for Q. The meat was perfect in texture as it was not fall off the bone and left a bite mark imprint. I still pulled mine off the bone though. These ribs do not need sauce but a bit more flavor from the rub would have been nice.

                                        Overall, this is the 2nd best rib I have had since moving here 3.5 years ago. Skip the pork BBQ sandwich and go for the ribs here. I would imagine their brisket to be good as well. Chicken and even homemade sausage is available. How does a jalapeno and cheddar cheese sausage sound?

                                        The owner, Robert aka Porky, came out and asked if everthing was up to par. I complimented him and we talked a bit about local BBQ. I will definitely be back.

                                        "Our goal at Porky and Beth’s BBQ is for you to eat the best BBQ ribs, chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket, and sausage that you have ever eaten. We use different rubs, seasoning, and sauces during the cooking process to accomplish our goal. If you would like to talk BBQ stop in and say “Hello”. "

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                                          SaminSFL Oct 2, 2010 01:51 PM

                                          Freaker, I have to concur with you on the Rib's I had them before the closed down last season, and couldn't wait for them to reopen for their ribs. Glad to see you enjoyed them as well.

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                                            Alfred G Oct 2, 2010 10:53 PM

                                            If they were 2nd best, who had the best?

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                                              freakerdude Oct 3, 2010 11:48 AM

                                              That would be the short lived Austin's BBQ in Hobe Sound. He really knew how to smoke some BBQ in every respect.

                                              I forgot to say that P&B's ribs do not have any bark to them, but that is fine with me since they are smoked properly. They do have a light rub and if they added a bit more, no sauce whatsoever would be needed.

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                                              CFByrne Oct 6, 2010 04:31 AM

                                              So glad the experts here are raving about Porky and Beth's Q. I feel relieved and vindicated.After all, Rib Bizz was the previous place I had recommended! (Although, as someone pointed out, my initial comments focused more on the collard greens than the ribs).

                                  2. CFByrne Apr 30, 2010 02:54 PM

                                    New BBQ Truck sighting today in Boynton: "Tom's Place".

                                    It looks to be the same folks from the old Tom's Place on Federal in Boca.

                                    It's a truck parked on the south side of Boynton Beach Blvd, about 1/2 mile E of I-95, close to the RR tracks and Federal.

                                    There's a barebones website here:
                                    http://tomsplaceforribs.com

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                                      Alfred G Apr 30, 2010 09:17 PM

                                      I believe that this might be Tom's son. Tom and his wife have passed away.

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                                        OysterHo Jul 5, 2010 09:21 AM

                                        His "About Us" page on the web site sounds like the Original Tom's owner wrote it. Odd.

                                        I'd still be willing to try it though. It's not too far away from Boca. :)

                                        We are located at the Green Market, 400 East Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33435
                                        Tom's Place 1865 S.W. 4th Ave, Bay, D6., • Delray Beach, FL 33444

                                    2. pikiliz Jul 5, 2010 04:30 PM

                                      did the Bednar.s ribs two weeks ago and did the tom,s ribs Friday nite . First I like Bednar's ribs O.K I think the sides were lacking ,also I love the country but the flies a bit on the heavy side, seems they are building a outside style place to eat maybe they will screen it in. The ribs seemed kind of not fall off the bone style ( i am told that is the way competition ribs are done I am no expert but I do know what I like) as i said mac-n-cheese cheese with would be better if more cheese was added. sauces were all great I like the variations of them also ordered corn, tough food to mass produce thru out the day that's one is my fault for ordering it. Overall 6.5out of ten in my book.
                                      Next tom's ribs boynton beach blvd first ribs are grilled and lightly smoked on a open grill kind of tough, no fall of the bone by any means. the sides very good black-eyed peas super as was the collard greens and of course the sauce was really good always loved tom's sauce always great.again tom's 7.5 out of 10. I do not claim to know all about BBQ but I do know what I like and I think slow smoked Baby Backs are always my way to go I like fall of the bone tender or at least close and that only comes from slow cooking,good dry rub and quick fire grillin for a bit of char just before serving my two cents

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                                        conch king Jul 6, 2010 05:17 PM

                                        Try,Sheila's Famous In lake worth. The rib's I had was falling apart you can smell the smoke a mile away. s.dixie & 12 ave.s. 561-951-2723

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                                          pikiliz Jul 7, 2010 03:35 PM

                                          was there they had no ribs ready but the conch was some of the best I have had here in Palm beach county. I am partial to calypso in Pompano but sheila's is great too

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                                            seminole phil Sep 24, 2010 08:55 PM

                                            I LIVE OUT IN LOXAHATCHEE AND THE LAST FEW MONTHS WEVE HAD A GREAT RIBS, COLLARDS AND MAC N CHEESE TO DIE FOR TRUCK PARKED ON NORTHLAKE BLVD 2 MILES EAST OF PRATT WHITNEY RD OR JUST WEST OF COCONUT 7 MILES WEST OF 95, MADE ON PREMISES SMOKED DRY RUB RIBS THAT NEED NO SAUCE. GIVING CREDIT WHERE ITS DUE, WEEKENDS ONLY FRI THRU SUNDAY I SEE THEM

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                                              freakerdude Sep 25, 2010 01:16 PM

                                              Would this be the north or south side of N'Lake?

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                                                SaminSFL Sep 26, 2010 08:23 AM

                                                I've also seen one on Southern Blvd, on way to Lion country Safari, havent had a chance to stop, but it was busy last 2 times I drove by...a little before the Paintball field...

                                      2. CFByrne Dec 31, 2010 02:15 PM

                                        Rufus's on Federal Hwy in Boynton is gone. Replaced by "Coney Island Hot Dogs" or something like that. Not sure if they closed or moved elsewhere.

                                        1. CFByrne Mar 12, 2011 01:00 PM

                                          "Ceasar's Jerk and Famous Ribs"
                                          Parking lot of RHEMI Church - 2015 S Federal Hwy

                                          Fri and Sat only - roadside smoker. Federal Hwy a few blocks S of Woolbright, West side of Rd, in N Delray / S Boynton.
                                          Fri 6PM - 2AM / Sat 4PM - 12AM
                                          (561) 577-7561

                                          Now that Rufus's is gone, this is a possible alternative if Troy's is sold out, closed, or you get tired of waiting 45 minutes to order.

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