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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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  1. I like Sparky's Roadside Barbecue in downtown Miami

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    1. re: Mat Josher

      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

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

      1. 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.

        1. 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....

          1. http://www.brotherjimmys.com/menu

            Any other BBQ in the Hallandale area worth checking out ?

            1. 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.

              1. 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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                1. re: dcbbq

                  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. 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.

                  1. 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.