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

Categories: Best of Miami
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Caitlin Granfield
2. Bo Leg's Barbeque
There's no other place on our list where you can eat ribs and clean your clothes at the same time. Bo Leg's Barbeque, the mobile pit located in the parking lot of the Foxy Lady Laundromat in North Miami holds that distinction. Which might actually be serendipitous when you get barbecue sauce all over your shirt and tie. There are two lines -- one for pork and one for jerk chicken -- and both are long. Sometimes you'll wait a half-hour. Sometimes the wait is longer. Who cares? With platters around ten bucks, and the intoxicating scent of cooking animal flesh caressing you, simply bring your laundry, get in line, and take comfort in knowing you're accomplishing a hated household chore at the same time you're sating your appetite. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until the last rinse cycle.

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1. The Pit Bar-B-Q
Built in 1965 as a tourist trap for visitors on the way to view wildlife in the Everglades, the Pit offers a giant chickee hut as shelter for the hundreds of families who travel from all over Miami-Dade to chow down on ribs ($14.99) cooked low and slow over an open pit stoked with black oak wood. Live music, karaoke, and Latin American favorites make this spot a mishmash of craziness. Throw in real ponies (to ride, not to eat), and this place is so old-school Miami kitsch that it's impossible not to name the Pit number one for barbecue in Miami.

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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 - CLOSED

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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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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