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

Categories: Best of Miami
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4. Shiver's BBQ
To get to Shiver's BBQ, just drive south on South Dixie Highway. Way south. Like, next-stop-Florida-Keys south. Is the drive to Homestead worth it? You bet your pork it is. For the past 50 years or so, people who are serious about their meat have flocked to this wagon-wheel-decorated shrine to barbecue. Go Tuesday or Wednesday for all-you-can-eat barbecued beef or pork for only $9.49. Go any day you have a hankering for ribs -- pork spare, baby-back, or beef. Can't decide? Order a trio of ribs for $17.95, which includes two sides such as coleslaw and beans. Order extra Shiver sauce ($3.95), because you'll want to pour it, dip it, drink it, and bathe in it before the evening is over.

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3. Harvey's Smokehouse BBQ
Down Old Cutler Road in Cutler Bay you'll find a mecca of Southern cooking, Harvey's Smokehouse BBQ. Chef-owner Harvey Alexander gets off on rubbing his meat. Make every dirty joke you want, but Alexander has his own method that produces the some of the best barbecue you've ever tried. Taking the best from every school of barbecue, Alexander first wet-rubs, then dry-rubs, and then smokes his meat. The result: fall-off-the-bone goodness to die for. Go with a few buddies (or a major appetite and a medical insurance card) and dig into the smokehouse sampler. For $50, you'll get a full rack of baby-back ribs, a whole chicken, a pound of pulled pork, a pound beef brisket, a large side of mac 'n' cheese, a large side of baked beans, a large coleslaw or potato salad, and six pieces of Texas toast. Defibrillator not included (but what a way to go).

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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