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Awesome ribs?? Anywhere near the Miami-ish area

feedmiko Apr 19, 2012 10:48 AM

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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    tpigeon RE: feedmiko Apr 19, 2012 12:48 PM

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

    1. Blind Mind RE: feedmiko Apr 20, 2012 07:51 AM

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

      1. Frodnesor RE: feedmiko Apr 20, 2012 07:56 AM

        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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          Mat Josher RE: Frodnesor Apr 20, 2012 10:30 AM

          Sparky's is our favorite Miami BBQ

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            freakerdude RE: Mat Josher Apr 21, 2012 08:09 AM

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


        2. sunshine842 RE: feedmiko Apr 20, 2012 10:33 AM

          Shorty's are pretty tasty, too.

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

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            LargeLife RE: sunshine842 Apr 20, 2012 04:02 PM

            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

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            wannabfoodie RE: feedmiko Apr 21, 2012 06:18 PM

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

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              LargeLife RE: wannabfoodie Apr 22, 2012 04:30 PM

              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. freakerdude RE: feedmiko Apr 23, 2012 01:10 PM

              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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                Mat Josher RE: freakerdude Apr 23, 2012 03:15 PM

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

              2. johnmlinn RE: feedmiko Apr 23, 2012 02:03 PM

                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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                  CFByrne RE: johnmlinn Apr 23, 2012 05:23 PM

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

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


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                    johnmlinn RE: CFByrne Apr 23, 2012 08:35 PM

                    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?

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                  mrotmd RE: feedmiko Apr 26, 2012 12:53 AM

                  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

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                    FtLaudyEATS RE: feedmiko May 1, 2012 09:58 PM

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

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                      stuartlafonda RE: FtLaudyEATS May 2, 2012 09:21 AM

                      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?

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                      feedmiko RE: feedmiko May 2, 2012 04:09 PM

                      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. The Chowfather RE: feedmiko May 3, 2012 09:16 AM

                        has anyone tried Sweet Jazzy Reds?

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                          Frodnesor RE: The Chowfather May 3, 2012 10:34 AM

                          once in high school but they just made me sleepy.

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                            Blind Mind RE: Frodnesor May 4, 2012 01:05 PM


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                          BigBonesBradley RE: feedmiko May 3, 2012 01:54 PM

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

                          1. Blind Mind RE: feedmiko May 4, 2012 01:06 PM

                            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.

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                              feedmiko RE: feedmiko May 30, 2012 03:56 PM

                              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.

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