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The 16 Top Barbecue Spots in South Florida

Tasty ‘cue can be found all over South Florida

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Few things are more comforting than some good ol' barbecue. No matter if the craving is for the more traditional stuff — a la ribs and pork — or a little something more non-traditional, like alligator ribs, here are 16 places throughout South Florida to get a 'cue fix.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Park Avenue BBQ Grille

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For three decades Park Avenue BBQ Grille has served mountains of slow-cooked barbecue pork, chicken, ribs, more. Try it on a platter with two homestyle sides, or even piled high on top of a seasonal salad. Don’t forget to order the fried pickles.

4 Rivers Smokehouse

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This family-owned barbecue joint started out in a garage in Winter Park, Florida and has made its way to South Florida. Smoked meats are all the rage at 4 Rivers. The burnt ends are smothered in homemade barbecue sauce, while the tri-tip is served with chimichurri. Looking to save some dough? Check out its new inflation menu that’s filled with items like smokehouse burritos, buffalo macaroni and cheese, and barabcoa bowls, which was created as a budget-friendly option during a time of rising prices.

Tom Jenkins

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Started by two friends who just wanted to create some barbecue sauce, this South Florida restaurant has quickly become one of the most beloved barbecue joints around. Bring the family and order the sampler that feeds up to six people and offers just about every meat on the menu.

Georgia Pig

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For more than 50 years Georgia pig has been serving up some barbecue delights like its cult favorite barbecue sandwich tossed in a mustard based sauce along with dishes like barbecue chicken, smoked ham, and fried shrimp. (Cash only.)

Saint City Coffee Shop

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No, this barbecue doesn't serve coffee so don't be fooled by the name. Located at a church, it serves plenty of soul food along with barbecue classics like rib sandwiches and smoked chicken. (Cash only.)

Drinking Pig BBQ

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This weekend only barbecue spot, by KYU alums, boasts some of the best barbecue in the Magic City. Utilizing traditional techniques alongside Caribbean flavors, hungry diners can order items like brisket, pulled pork, and chicken. Make sure to order in advance as this spot has been known to sell out.

La Traila Barbecue

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This Texas-style barbecue outpost by Austin native and pit master Mel Rodriguez and Miami native and Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Isaiah McKenzie, originally debuted as a pop-up in the summer of 2020 and quickly grew a following. The counter service style restaurant serves up items like the brisket sundae made with a mac and cheese base then layered with baked beans and cream corn then topped with smoked brisket, cotija cheese, crema and house sauce; platters and meat by the pound like smoked pulled pork, smoked sausage, pork spare ribs and Texas style brisket; and for some Miami and Texas fusion: brisket y queso empanadas and smoked pork rib croquettes.

Bar-B-Que Ribs Chicken & Jerk Shack

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Be prepared for generous portions of just off-the-grill barbecue ribs, served with even larger portions of sides like macaroni n' cheese and cornbread.

Society BBQ

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Richard Hales’ barbecue hotspot in Midtown Miami serves up everything a proper ‘cue spot should: fall off the bone beef ribs, tender pulled pork, smokey brisket, and more, along with meats carved by the pound, decadent sides, and even vegan “burnt ends.”

Gorilla City Meats & Sandwiches

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Located inside Tripping Animals Brewery, it offers meats by the pound like smoked pulled pork and brisket burnt ends, hearty sandwiches, classic barbecue sides like baked beans and potato salad, that pair perfectly with the brewery’s signature beers.

Hometown Barbecue

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This New York City import has made its impression on Miami’s barbecue scene. Every day it offers all its favorites like pork ribs, brisket, smoked wings, and homemade sausage, alongside an eclectic variety of wines and beers in a chic-yet-cozy space in the Allapattah neighborhood.

Shorty's Bar-B-Q

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Eat with the locals and get some good cheap ‘cue at Miami’s Shorty's. The pulled pork sandwiches and sweet tea have been a favorite in the area for more than 65 years.

Pig Floyd's BBQ

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This South Dade restaurant has become a go-to spot for family friendly barbecue. The eclectic outdoor space boasts a large dome covering with smokers in the back cooking up dishes like ribs, pulled pork, beef ribs, brisket, and more.

Harvey's Smokehouse BBQ

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This longtime South Dade favorite serves up a bevy of barbecue dishes for all tastes and appetites ranging from smoked wings, to pulled pork sandwiches, to a “Brontosaurus” beef short rib and even a salad or two for the health-inclined diner.

Shiver's Bar-B-Q

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Barbecue cheese fries, fried mac ‘n cheese, fried okra are just a few of the things found at this classic Miami spot in Homestead. Don't miss the pulled pork combo, cornbread soufflé and deep fried corn on the cob.

Park Avenue BBQ Grille

For three decades Park Avenue BBQ Grille has served mountains of slow-cooked barbecue pork, chicken, ribs, more. Try it on a platter with two homestyle sides, or even piled high on top of a seasonal salad. Don’t forget to order the fried pickles.

4 Rivers Smokehouse

This family-owned barbecue joint started out in a garage in Winter Park, Florida and has made its way to South Florida. Smoked meats are all the rage at 4 Rivers. The burnt ends are smothered in homemade barbecue sauce, while the tri-tip is served with chimichurri. Looking to save some dough? Check out its new inflation menu that’s filled with items like smokehouse burritos, buffalo macaroni and cheese, and barabcoa bowls, which was created as a budget-friendly option during a time of rising prices.

Tom Jenkins

Started by two friends who just wanted to create some barbecue sauce, this South Florida restaurant has quickly become one of the most beloved barbecue joints around. Bring the family and order the sampler that feeds up to six people and offers just about every meat on the menu.

Georgia Pig

For more than 50 years Georgia pig has been serving up some barbecue delights like its cult favorite barbecue sandwich tossed in a mustard based sauce along with dishes like barbecue chicken, smoked ham, and fried shrimp. (Cash only.)

Saint City Coffee Shop

No, this barbecue doesn't serve coffee so don't be fooled by the name. Located at a church, it serves plenty of soul food along with barbecue classics like rib sandwiches and smoked chicken. (Cash only.)

Drinking Pig BBQ

This weekend only barbecue spot, by KYU alums, boasts some of the best barbecue in the Magic City. Utilizing traditional techniques alongside Caribbean flavors, hungry diners can order items like brisket, pulled pork, and chicken. Make sure to order in advance as this spot has been known to sell out.

La Traila Barbecue

This Texas-style barbecue outpost by Austin native and pit master Mel Rodriguez and Miami native and Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Isaiah McKenzie, originally debuted as a pop-up in the summer of 2020 and quickly grew a following. The counter service style restaurant serves up items like the brisket sundae made with a mac and cheese base then layered with baked beans and cream corn then topped with smoked brisket, cotija cheese, crema and house sauce; platters and meat by the pound like smoked pulled pork, smoked sausage, pork spare ribs and Texas style brisket; and for some Miami and Texas fusion: brisket y queso empanadas and smoked pork rib croquettes.

Bar-B-Que Ribs Chicken & Jerk Shack

Be prepared for generous portions of just off-the-grill barbecue ribs, served with even larger portions of sides like macaroni n' cheese and cornbread.

Society BBQ

Richard Hales’ barbecue hotspot in Midtown Miami serves up everything a proper ‘cue spot should: fall off the bone beef ribs, tender pulled pork, smokey brisket, and more, along with meats carved by the pound, decadent sides, and even vegan “burnt ends.”

Gorilla City Meats & Sandwiches

Located inside Tripping Animals Brewery, it offers meats by the pound like smoked pulled pork and brisket burnt ends, hearty sandwiches, classic barbecue sides like baked beans and potato salad, that pair perfectly with the brewery’s signature beers.

Hometown Barbecue

This New York City import has made its impression on Miami’s barbecue scene. Every day it offers all its favorites like pork ribs, brisket, smoked wings, and homemade sausage, alongside an eclectic variety of wines and beers in a chic-yet-cozy space in the Allapattah neighborhood.

Shorty's Bar-B-Q

Eat with the locals and get some good cheap ‘cue at Miami’s Shorty's. The pulled pork sandwiches and sweet tea have been a favorite in the area for more than 65 years.

Pig Floyd's BBQ

This South Dade restaurant has become a go-to spot for family friendly barbecue. The eclectic outdoor space boasts a large dome covering with smokers in the back cooking up dishes like ribs, pulled pork, beef ribs, brisket, and more.

Harvey's Smokehouse BBQ

This longtime South Dade favorite serves up a bevy of barbecue dishes for all tastes and appetites ranging from smoked wings, to pulled pork sandwiches, to a “Brontosaurus” beef short rib and even a salad or two for the health-inclined diner.

Shiver's Bar-B-Q

Barbecue cheese fries, fried mac ‘n cheese, fried okra are just a few of the things found at this classic Miami spot in Homestead. Don't miss the pulled pork combo, cornbread soufflé and deep fried corn on the cob.

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