Best Barbecue Runner Up: Sheila's Famous BBQ, Conch, & More
|A smoky rib from Art's BBQ, who won Best Barbecue this year.|
So this year, the distinction went to Art's BBQ, which has been doing its thing in Coral Springs for going on 10 years now. Too often I go to barbecue places down here and there's no way of knowing if the ribs or pork were cooked over wood smoke or just in the oven. What's great about Art's is you can really taste the smoke in the meat. The St. Louis ribs, pulled pork, brisket, hot-link sausage, and chicken wings all share a deeply woodsy bite -- the kind you expect for great barbecue. The meat is tender but not fall-apart tender (barbecue that falls apart is either a result of par-cooking or extended time in the oven). The sauce isn't too sweet and isn't too spicy. The tell-tale factor for me might have been the fact that the ribs come on a bed of white bread. Now that's serious eating.
In short, Art's won because it follows tradition and creates a worthy product.
|Sheila's pork sandwich could be a winner next year.|
So why did I eliminate Sheila's from the running? Quite simply, the new restaurant hasn't been open long enough. Having recently moved from a trailer to a brick and mortar building off of Dixie Highway, Sheila's Famous has been open for just over two months now. And while the product they've produced in that time is outstanding, it's simply not enough time to judge whether they can continue to do this for the long haul.
That said, Sheila's is an early favorite for next year's Best Barbecue winner. Keep doing what you're doing.
Sheila's Famous BBQ, Conch, and More
1132 S. J St., Lake Worth