100 Favorite Dishes: Chopped Beef Brisket From Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q

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As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to john.linn@browardpalmbeach.com.

No. 30: Chopped Beef Brisket from Tom Jenkin's Bar-B-Q

There's a reason Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q has become a Fort Lauderdale institution. Inside
that tiny 'cue hut, the tables are made of a few old wooden benches and the room is filled with smoke. The line is almost always long, and the staff is perpetually in motion, chopping pork and slicing ribs to meet the demand. The air is sticky and thick, like the joint's famous sauce, and it's impossible to visit and not leave smelling like barbecue. Some people may pine for Tom Jenkins' meaty St. Louis-style ribs; others go crazy for the pork sandwiches and the expertly made Southern sides. But the brisket calls to us above all else. It's chopped, not sliced, into thick, meaty hunks. The cut provides a little bit of charred exterior (often called "bark" in 'cue circles) along with a smoky and moist interior. It's so tender and flavorful thanks to hours in Jenkins' open pit that it needs no sauce -- though a little dab won't hurt ya. Any time is a good time for a bit o' that brisket. Just remember -- Jenkins' is closed Sundays ("gone to church") and Mondays ("gone fishin").

Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q  
1236 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale 33316
954-522-5046

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No. 32: Smoked marlin fish dip from Hurricane Alley
No. 33: Bimini bread from Bimini Boatyard
No. 34: Bacon from Georgia Pig
No. 35: Tacos al pastor from Taqueria Dona Raquel
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No. 37: Whole fresh fish from Marumi Sushi
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No. 39: Yakitori from Heart Rock Sushi
No. 40: Upside down Sicilian from Nino's Restaurant & Pizzeria
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No. 42: Kielbasa and eggs from Cypress Nook
No. 43: Rock shrimp tempura from Morimoto
No. 44: Daeji bulgogi from Gabose Korean Restaurant
No. 45: Coco bread from Charlie's Pastries
No. 46: Spare ribs from Troy's Bar-Be-Que
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No. 48: Key lime pie from Le Tub
No. 49: Uni Angel Hair Pasta from Hiro's Yakko-San
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No. 52: Lunch specials from Charcuterie Too
No. 53: Bruschetta from Noodles Panini
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Location Info

Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q

1236 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

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