T&W Barbecue: Award-Winning Ribs and Barbecue in Cutler Bay
After a few years of owning a small chain of local sandwich shops, Tom Wills decided he needed more. So the longtime Redlands man started traveling to Georgia and South Carolina to learn barbecue. He bought a trailer, started smoking baby back ribs, briskets and chicken wings, and winning competitions.
All photos by Zachary Fagenson Tom Wills at the barbecue helm.
Those awards, mostly for their sweet-smoky ribs, hang on the walls of T&W Barbecue on South Dixie Highway in Cutler Bay. A line stretches from the service counter, where orders are placed and ribs and corn bread are dished, out into the dim, wood-covered dining room. Wills hobnobs with customers, plying construction workers to sit for a tall Styrofoam cup of sweet tea rather than return to the work site. Later, he spends a few minutes talking a family friend, coordinating carpool for the kids later that week.
The reason everyone is there, besides Wills' good nature and the brief list of craft beer, is of course the barbecue. A well-crusted third of a rack with two sides -- creamy mac & cheese and bitter yet sweet collard greens -- is only $7.99.
Ribs and fixings.