Best Eats & Drinks This Week: Barbecue, Burlesque, Burgers & Bourbon
America's birthday is around the corner and it's time to celebrate. Not just any party will do for the red, white and blue. We need to be immersed in all things that make this country great. Sure, we're talking about freedom and flagrantly illegal fireworks displays; but we're also discussing booze, brews, babes and barbecue.
Courtesy image from Cecconi's Miami Beach
What better way to celebrate than with some of this country's most prized edibles? We all know the Fourth of July is about freedom, fireworks and fire-cooked meat. Whether you plan on firing up your own barbecue or you're looking to score at a prized purveyor, we have you covered.
On America's birthday, we certainly cannot overlook the most patriotic of spirits: Bourbon. Oh, and we mentioned babes right?
For the DIY Barbecuers
Image via Graziano's website
Graziano's Market, with three locations across South Florida, is a convenient and tasty place to pick up some fixin's for your July 4th celebration. Sure, they have killer cuts of beef complete with diagrams of the cow; but the real star here is the provoleta. This Argentinian cheese made from pulled provolone curd is meant to be grilled. Top that baby with some tomato, oregano and a wee bit of bacon, and you're in for a killer party app that will make you King of the 'Cue.
If you haven't sampled Proper Sausages' porky wares yet, this is the time to try. These local artisan sausage makers are the darling of foodies and chefs alike. They'll be closed on the 4th, so stop by their storefront before then to pick up some of their Independence Day dishes. Their Fourth of July features are perfect for your holiday barbecue: "Dub Rubbed" Berkshire pork spareribs, whiskey cherry venison sausage, potato salad with Proper Bacon & Lake Meadow Farm eggs, and sweet Summer corn salad with queso blanco, chili, and lime. We saved the best for last: Florida Wagyu bacon burger with Florida Wagyu brisket, house made bacon and sauteed onions. Boo-yah!
BBQ by the Pros
Photo by Arlyene Marie Ponce The sexy smoker at Pride & Joy BBQ
If you're looking for some serious BBQ, look no further than Pride & Joy BBQ. Using the best ribs and brisket you can buy, Pride & Joy isn't letting any hormones or antibiotics enter your meat. Their quality barbecue is perfectly smoked and seriously seasoned. Don't be fooled by the casual cool vibe of the place, the chef and his partners are dead serious when it comes to quality. Homemade sauces, freshly ground spices and genuine hospitality round out the experience.