Miami's Top Ten Barbecue Restaurants: Dry Rubs, Jerks, and Ponies

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Oh barbecue, how we love to suck your bones.
While Miami is almost as far south as one can get in the contiguous 48 states, it's really not considered the South (which is home to what's known as "real barbecue"). Nor is our city part of the Midwestern and Western barbecue capitals of St. Louis and Texas.

But don't let this discourage you from seeking a nice juicy rack (and we're not talking about the kind found on the beaches, either).

Miami has its share of people willing to take the time to smoke their meat low and slow. You just have to know where to look. Here's a list of our ten favorite old-fashioned, down-home American barbecue joints. Just remember to wear clothes you don't mind getting smeared.

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Kareem Shaker
10. Austen's Q
The third barbecue joint in this location, on the corner of 16th Street and Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, proves to be a charm for the space that housed Hogzilla and Barbeque Beach before it. Austen's Q slow-cooks its proteins low and slow. We're talking pork, chicken, and beef cooked in a wood stove at 200 degrees for 24 hours. This is clearly not barbecue for folks in a hurry. Plus, it's the only place for decent 'cue in SoBe.

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Laine Doss
9. Mad Man Jack's
Chef-owner Michael Herran saw the need for a good place to get inexpensive barbecue in Miami and ran with it. Mad Man Jack's, named for the man who taught him how to fish, fits the bill with slow-cooked meats and homemade sauces and marinades. Spare ribs cooked low and slow are $9 for a third rack, $14 for a half rack, and $25 for a full rack of meaty goodness. A pulled-pork sandwich to die for is only $7. Slow food at fast-food prices? This guy must be as mad as his name implies.


Location Info

Austen's

1555 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Mad Man Jack's Bar-B-Que - CLOSED

1025 NW 36th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

People's Bar-B-Que

360 NW 8th St., Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

Bulldog Barbecue and Burger

15400 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Tobacco Road

626 S. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

Shorty's Bar-B-Q

9200 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL

Category: Restaurant

Shiver's BBQ

28001 S. Dixie Highway, Homestead, FL

Category: Restaurant

Harvey's Smokehouse BBQ

20218 Old Cutler Road, Cutler Bay, FL

Category: Restaurant

The Pit Bar-B-Q

16400 SW 8th St., West Dade, FL

Category: Restaurant

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25 comments
deisydupree
deisydupree

Bulldog's BBQ, come on. You got to be kidding that is the worst. Brisket tough more like trying to chew cardboard and it was full of fat too, what they call pulled pork is more like mystery meat from a package. That place is horrible. Where is Pride and Joy and some other places. I am new here and looking long and hard for some country food and BBQ, didn't find it at Bulldogs. I know BBQ, from the Carolinas where we have all the BBQ and lived in both Texas and Kansas City. I am going to try the Pit next is it worth the trip?

Mike Worley
Mike Worley

One of the locations you mentioned, Mad Man Jacks, doesn't even exist anymore lol. And where is Pride & Joy and Sparky's?

TK Small
TK Small

Miami has barbeque ??? I never found it.

pruthfield
pruthfield

Leaving out Pride and Joy from this  list is almost sacreligious.  Myron Mixon delivers the best barbecue in South Florida.

Martijn Rentema
Martijn Rentema

Agreeing with Mario here! Where is Sparky's Roadside BBQ???

Ryan Schmied
Ryan Schmied

Miamians still don't know what BBQ is. Half of these places don't even serve true BBQ. Who's coming up with this shit?

Daniel Ahye
Daniel Ahye

Sparky's BBQ should be on this list!

rbpete828
rbpete828

Shivers should be #1. I haven't been to The Pit in like 5 years because the last time I went, there were like two cats inside the place and my ribs had no flavor. And heck! The corn bread souffle at Shiver's is enough to land it above all of these!

Brad Beaty
Brad Beaty

There's ten bbq places in Miami?

peopleofultra
peopleofultra

Leaving Sparky's Roadside BBQ downtown off this list in favor of Madman Jack's is a bad call.  Madman's is barely edible for the most part, I mean just plain gross.

Robins BBQ
Robins BBQ

Although the food is OK but the place is not proper we can say it is not hygienic can't sit there and have our meal.

Peoples, peoples, peoples...
Peoples, peoples, peoples...

My last takeout from "People's BBQ," made me violently ill(food poisoning). Shortly after that I read the article in The New Times about how the health department had closed the restaurant for a short time because of numerous sanitary violations(raw chicken on sheet pan in a reach in refrigerator which was dripping "juices" onto the pan of cooked BBQ below it!!) Not to mention the two City of Miami Prison workers who said they found live maggots in their chicken...(Look it up in Miami Times archives) YUCK...!!!

Bleeding Palm
Bleeding Palm

  "Chef-owner Harvey Alexander gets off on rubbing his meat"

Kegmen25
Kegmen25

Bulldog is HIGHLY overrated!

javier33
javier33

shivers should have been #1

RPREV8
RPREV8

THE PIT  PLEASE THE PLACE  IS  NOT  GOOD

Bbq Joey
Bbq Joey

sorry but the hitching post is hands down the best bbq in dade county!

Zip Per
Zip Per

You guys missed the best pulled pork in Miami ! SPARKY's Roadside in Downtown Miami. And Shorty's should never be in the "Best" of anything !

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

 Someone's got to feed the ponies!

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

 I actually agree that Sparky's Roadside should have made the list. But Shorty's is iconic and a survivor so I'll give them kudos for that.

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