Need update on BBQ stands and restaurants: central FL
Years ago, I saved a couple of Chowhound posts on the subject of Florida barbeque joints and stands, with the idea that I would track them down and enjoy their goods.
OK, so I did not do well with my intent to hit these places, and since the years have passed, can Chowhounds in the know tell me if the following places are still in business and still recommended?
First Choice, Tampa
Hickory Hollow, Ellenton
Bonesmokers (a stand run by Ray Lampe) Hwy 98 North, Lakeland
I always stop at M&E BBQ stand in Pierson FL and pick up a couple racks of ribs on my way to visit my buddy in Crescent City. Hardwood smoked on-site. None of that mushy stuff here. Tender and meaty, choice of sauces on the side.
Oh Peebles is still running.
Here's a link to their very minimal website.
There's still no AC at Peebles, they've still nothing but bench/communal seating, there are still holes in the screens, and they're still closed July through August; although, I do seem to recall that they installed a few new fans in the dining area sometime in the mid 90's, and the food is still pretty good.
My grandfather said Peebles BBQ was the best re-purposing of an old chicken farm that he could ever recall.
Cecil's in Orlando (South of Downtown) is worth a trip. They do Texas style and focus on links and ribs and are one of the few to regularly offer beef ribs.
Free soft serve cones if you eat in.
Peebles is open. They close in June and open in September after Labor Day. We always get the ribs and "sliced" pork vs chopped. Also try Smoking Jims in Auberndale .