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dcbbq Nov 1, 2013 01:55 PM

We'll be in Miami later this month and from my searches there hasn't been much recently on good barbecue in Miami -- mostly news about the decliine of The Pit and some other places. Is there any good news? We'll be staying in Doral but gadding about town.

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    Mat Josher Nov 1, 2013 03:01 PM

    I like Sparky's Roadside Barbecue in downtown Miami

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      freakerdude Nov 2, 2013 08:28 AM

      A high 5 on Sparky's with their unique sauces and Ga. Pig has good bbq pork with a standard tomato-y mustard sauce. Both are your usual bbq dives inside.

      Can anyone give an update on Byron Mixon's Pride & Joy? Their website is being reconstructed.

      1. re: freakerdude
        stuartlafonda Dec 4, 2013 12:26 PM

        I was at Georgia Pig yesterday and last Friday at Tom Jenkins.
        GP: I love that chopped pork sandwich on a bun, one of my all time favorites. Sides sucked but I got a slice of pecan pie still warm. The atmosphere can't be beat.
        TJ: I always have enjoyed TJ and it is a regular stop when I leave the airport but the ribs were just lousy this time. They had that sort of transparent, papery leather skin on the underside that I had to pull of the bone of each rib.

    2. jpr54_1 Nov 1, 2013 03:21 PM

      Georgia Pig Barbeque on #441
      (Ft. Lauderdale) not sure of city

      1. Frodnesor Nov 3, 2013 09:56 PM

        There is not much on good barbecue in Miami because there isn't much good barbecue in Miami. I like Sparky's OK, but it's sort of the one eyed king in the land of the blind.

        I have tried Pride & Joy a few times (none within the past few months) and have been generally underwhelmed each time.

        Unless you are on an elimination diet that restricts you to only eating barbecue, there are many other better things to be eaten here especially for someone coming from out of town.

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          LargeLife Nov 5, 2013 08:36 AM

          Not much good in the way of BBQ here in South Florida.....The Pit is in business....but that's about it.....Sparky's doesn't suck by any means and is reasonably good.....If Pride & Joy didn't have Myron Mixon's name attached to it.....it would be reasonably good....But since his name IS attached....you expect better!.....And it's not.....

          I like Brother Jimmy's.....Their meats actually see the inside of a smoker.....Their brisket sliders are very decent.....I like their smoked wings quite a bit.....And the ribs have always been quite decent......Brother Jimmy's is the best of the lot.....with Sparky's second......Pride & Joy third.....And The Pit not even worth talking about here.....

          Ft. Pierce, FL....

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            Luvtooeat Nov 23, 2013 08:21 AM


            Any other BBQ in the Hallandale area worth checking out ?

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              retloctt Nov 30, 2013 01:35 AM

              Swine in Coral Gables is pricey but very good.

              Tom Jenkins in Ft Lauderdale is probably the BEST overall BBQ around. It's small and always packed be prepared to wait at least 30 min. (You can call ahead for pickup)

              Lil' Reds is probably my second choice. Tasty and cheap!

              Red Cow is another one. The corn bread and all the apps were awesome. The BBQ was kinda weak. They have a few different sauces and they were all very tasty.

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                dcbbq Dec 3, 2013 06:17 AM

                Malignant cIrcumstances took me to The Pit. not good.

                On the other hand, I had sensational lechon asado at La Carreta and almost as good at Versailles. A Cuban sandwich at Exquisto was a disappointment - much more ham than pork, and the pork itself was only so so.

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                  LargeLife Dec 3, 2013 09:18 AM

                  As much as I like a Cuban sandwich, I can't compare that to American BBQ......The restaurant 'Swine' escaped my mind....Their ribs....while crazy pricey....are outstanding.......Truly outstanding......Always best to go during high volume hours to get the right-off-the-smoker quality....

                  Tom Jenkins is just OK.....I've sat right there and watched them cook / grill and their ribs are nothing to write home about....Their sides are very good....But when the sides outshine the MEAT......that's a problem....

                  Pretty good place in Ft. Pierce....and worth the drive...*)


                2. taiga Dec 11, 2013 11:14 AM

                  If you take a wrong turn in Miami and get lost, you are liable to find good barbecue on the street being cooked by somebody in an empty lot.

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                    sfeatz Dec 14, 2013 11:44 AM

                    My faves are the brisket sandwich at Sparky's and Chopped Pork sandwich and cole slaw at The Georgia Pig on 441.
                    I have also heard some good reviews from trustworthy friends about Blue Willies- somewhere in North Ft lauderdale.

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