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Awesome ribs?? Anywhere near the Miami-ish area

Hey all,

There's a few of us coming to Miami for business for about a week in May. We've all been to Miami before and know some decent spots to eat...

But... are there any REALLY REALLY GOOD RIBS anywhere?

We'll have a car and won't mind driving, in fact we may be going from Jupiter to the Keys on this trip so really, anywhere that has awesome ribs. And yes we know ribs aren't really a Miami thing but this is the closest we're getting to the South for a while.

Thanks for any help you can provide!! :)

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  1. I am no expert on this subject, but my favorites are the sticky ribs at red light little river.

    1. Orange ribs at Sakaya Kitchen. I actually like the ribs at Flanagan's too

      1. It's not competition-level 'cue, but my go-to place for barbecue these days has been Sparky's Roadside BBQ downtown. I do also always like the ribs at Red Light. The Sakaya Kitchen ribs are an untraditional choice but a good one too.

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          1. re: Mat Josher

            Sparky's is a good and unique BBQ joint in that his sauces have a tropical base. This thread has some good info:


        1. Shorty's are pretty tasty, too.

          Three of us stuffed our faces in January on a long-overdue 'cue fix.

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          1. re: sunshine842

            Shorty's????? Not...not so....not so much.....Those are oven baked ribs....

            Sparky's in downtown is extremely solid.....But go there for lunch when their Cue is fresh and tasty....

            Ft. Pierce, FL

          2. houstons have the best ribs! bone sucking, finger licking good

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            1. re: wannabfoodie

              Houstons? Seriously? Par-steamed, oven- baked, finished off on the grill.....Those are OK....better head to Sparky's and eat some "real bbq"......And I'm hoping that nobody suggests Bulldog BBQ....Are they still in business serving up what I call "pork jello"?

              Ft. Pierce, FL

            2. To be honest, I don't know of any place that has 'awesome' smoked ribs in south Florida. But if you are willing to sacrifice indoor dining, Porky and Beth's in Boynton Beach at Bednar's Farmer's market is worth a stop off of the turnpike. It is a bbq truck where you order at the window and has outdoor tables under cover. 0nly open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 until 5 or 6 p.m. This place or Sparky's in Miami are your best bets.

              Porky & Beth's review http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/594280


              12033 State Road 7
              Boynton Beach, Florida 33473
              Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 until 5 or 6 p.m.

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              1. re: freakerdude

                This post made me hungry and they wont be open again for days! I wish Porky & Beth's had a storefront.

              2. I find the ribs pretty decent at Sheila's Famous BBQ, Conch, and More. But the cracked conch is the star. Get them both together with some conch salad and conch fritters, and you'll be a happy camper. Oh, and ask for the ribs SOS (sauce on the side).

                Sheila's Famous
                1132 S. J St.
                Lake Worth, FL 33460

                You'll find a full review here: http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2010-...

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                1. re: johnmlinn

                  John, recent posts indicate Sheila's has closed...

                  But the good news is they're supposedly reopening "at 406 Southern Blvd. (Southern at Dixie)."


                  1. re: CFByrne

                    Actually I received a call from the owner about 6 months ago... he was looking at locations in Boca Raton (in fact, the old Rib Biz, which was vacant at the time). I thought he was scouting a second location, not somewhere to move to. Guess he settled on Southern and Dixie...unincorporated West Palm Beach?

                2. Tom Jenkins in fort Lauderdale has been an award winning staple for 20 years. Just don't go sunday (church) or monday (fishing) and be prepared for a crowd. But, u will be rewarded

                  1. I would second Houston's and also Tom Jenkins in Fort Lauderdale. Flanagans is hit or miss.

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                    1. re: FtLaudyEATS

                      I ate at Tom Jenkin's yesterday at 4. It was fantastic. They were closed Monday so the meat had time to cook but had not been sitting around. As good as they get. Smoke ring, just the right pull from the bone..... The bbq sauce they serve on the side would have ruined the meat, didn't look twice at it. Even the greens and mac were excellent. As I was leaving I saw that they had a big crock pot on the counter containing Brunswick Stew, Pooler Georgia. Has anyone had it? If so, is it better then the Stew at Georgia Pig?

                    2. Thanks everyone!! Sounds like a lot of good places in here. I'll reply back with the results later this month :)

                      Sounds like Sparky's might be the place to go..... ?

                        1. re: The Chowfather

                          once in high school but they just made me sleepy.

                        2. What about the Pit on 41? Passed it on my way to the Everglades and thought it looked interesting.

                          1. What about that dude that has quite a large setup on 163rd? I forget the name but a couple of times when I drove by on my way for a Ho Down at Philip Ho it was packed with people and smoke was billowing out like mad.

                            1. Ended up going to BO LEG BBQ because we were trying to find a Vietnamese grocery store (long story) and drove by this place randomly and it looked totally awesome, so a few days later me made a point of traveling back out and eating there.

                              BEST RIBS I'VE EVER HAD

                              If you all haven't tried it... here are some links I found after we went there

                              Seriously. The ribs were that good. Everyone go there now.