Miami's Top Ten Barbecue Restaurants: Dry Rubs, Jerks, and Ponies
Sure, it's Miami's oldest roadhouse. Of course, it's the place to hear great live music and get your drink on until early the next morning. But did you know Tobacco Road also smokes its own meat out back? See? You have newfound respect for "the Road." A 12-hour smoked brisket platter ($10.95) and St. Louis-style ribs ($13.95) come with your choice of potato. Wash it all down with a few bourbons and you have a great meal in the most iconic setting in Miami. Rock on!
Say what you will about Shorty's Bar-B-Q -- that it was better before "the fire," that you've had "more authentic" barbecue at your cousin Carol's wedding in North Carolina. But Shorty's and Miami go together. Period. Say something bad about this place and you've dissed the part of South Florida that still rejects neon lights, Pitbull, and breast implants. Shorty's has been around since 1951, surviving hurricanes, recessions, and fires. Plus, you can still get a barbecue brisket plate with sides for $10.79. Got a gripe about Shorty's? Just stuff your face with some sliced pork ($8.49) and shut up already.
1555 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL