Porky's BBQ in Homestead: Where Pig is King
|Photo by Ben Guzman|
|Porky's "Flinstone" Beef Rib is crazy huge|
Vegetarians, take cover, because at Porky's it's all about satisfying the carnivorous beast that lives inside us.
Porky's isn't affiliated with the L.A. restaurant of the same name. This restaurant is modest and full of glazed wooden picnic tables. The drawling sounds of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Taylor Swift fill the space. And the smell of hickory and apple smoke is everywhere.
Head chef Carlos Otiniano says his recipes are inspired by a melting pot of Florida cultures including Southern and Spanish cuisine. Since kitchen space is limited, he uses a scaled-down version of smoker with hickory and apple wood.
The corn nuggets ($5) were fried to a crisp and contained a molten thimbleful of sweet creamed corn. They were served with a side of thick honey for dipping, which made the little fritters sing.
If you're looking for some southern influence, try the fried okra ($3). These had silky centers and a crisp exterior.
The "Flintsone" beef rib ($19) looked like it needed to be brought out with a forklift. This humongous dish was smoked, dark, and had crunchy skin with a juicy applewood fragrant interior. The meat was super moist and surprisingly delicate.
The babyback ribs ($17) with their side of sweet potato fries had to be our favorite bite that night. The ribs were meaty and flavorful covered in the Pit's homemade barbecue sauce. It left our fingers and face sticky, which made it easy to pick up a few of those amazing fries. If there's anything we'd suggest to order at Porky's, this is it.
One last dish Chef Carlos wanted us to try was the pulled pork sandwich. The thin strands were delicate and clung to the sweet sauce it was cooked in. It was a delicious hefty mound of pulled pork on a warm soft bun, and it didn't need anything else added.
The prices alone will let you eat like a king. They have $5 pitcher deals and Porky's doesn't sacrifice or skimp when it comes to the portions. All the meat is purchased through Vina and Sons, a local meat distributor. When you're face first in barbecue bliss, and you hear Big & Rich singing, "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy," you know you're sitting in the right place.
24854 SW 177th Ave., Homestead
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