Last year in December, we interviewed self-proclaimed smoke whisperers Andres Barrientos and James Bowers of Miami Smokers, who at the time were trying to raise enough funds to to expand their Little Havana studio into a USDA approved community bacon smokehouse. And finally, they have. Today, the same boys that have been doling out their bacon to Miami restaurants like The Federal and Michael Mina 74, are debuting their very own Miami Smokers Urban Smokehouse and Deli (306 NW 27th Avenue in Little Havana). The shop opens with limited inventory, but plenty more is coming. For now, they'll be offering their coveted packaged goods ($4-$6) (candied bacon; bacon jerky; and toasted krispy treats), as well as serving-up Smokers' signature BLT sandwiches ($12). Within a couple of weeks, Barrientos and Bowers will also dish out housemade charcuterie and cured and smoked meats, including fresh sausages. Salamis and larger meats like hams will also be available in the future.
Once the team does host their grand opening, they'll also become a full on sandwich spot with breakfast and lunch service and pick up or delivery to the Little Havana and Brickell areas. Think sandwiches made with Zak the Baker bread like Croque Madame, Smokers Cold Cut, Havana Club as well as daily specials, priced between $12 - $15.
As for space that's not dishing out sandwiches, a press release reports that the majority of the 2,700 square foot Miami Smokers consists largely of workspace where smokers, walk-in coolers for curing, and a dedicated aging room reside.
"We are stoked to finally be able to bring our curing and smoking techniques to the masses," says Andres Barrientos, adding, "James and I have built out this shop with our own two hands and have made it look pretty freakin' dope, so we're extremely proud and excited to show all of Miami."