Miami Heat vs. Dallas Mavericks: We're Going to Grill Them (In Barbecue) UPDATE
|Beef - it's not just a game.|
Tonight's second Finals face-off between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Arena (ours not theirs, dummy) is the hottest ticket in town. Millions more watching the game at bars, restaurants and homes throughout Miami, Dallas and beyond. Indeed the first game drew the largest finals audience in seven years.
We've decided to handicap Miami vs. Dallas...in barbecue.
Sure, you might think that Dallas has a clear advantage over the home team, being that its famous for cattle, cowboys, and barbecue joints. But Miami, being a cosmopolitan city with strong Latin and Southern roots, has two unique kinds of barbecue while Dallas has only one. Besides, according to its own hometown rag, D Magazine, Dallas doesn't have the best barbecue. Maybe Dallas really is big hat, no cattle after all. Let's take a look:
|Back Country Bar B Que owner Frank showing his knife skills.|
Score: 3/5. Back Country has large portions, fair prices and is nice to our troops.
|Shorty's meal in Miami.|
Through all of that, Shorty's has gained a reputation for family-friendly grub at reasonable prices. There are few places where you can feed a family of four (fast-food joints excluded) for under $40, but Shorty's does it well. A rib platter, complete with fries, cole slaw and bread is $10.99 and that's one of the priciest items on the menu.
Score: 2/5. Shorty's has survived fire, hurricanes and will probably still be feeding hungry Miamians 1,000 years from now.
|Lockhart Smokehouse's meat.|
Score: 3/5. This is as Texas as you can get. Simple barbeque done the traditional way, with no frills (or forks).
|The Pit's juicy chicken.|
Score: 5/5. The Pit celebrates both great barbeque styles of Miami. And has ponies. How in the world can you top that?
Who's the winner? While Dallas might be known for their cattle, Miami's got diversity. And that diversity makes for great competition. We're thinking that Miami smokes Dallas in barbecue. And basketball.