Ten Best Barbecue Spots in South Florida

As the days get longer and the weather warmer, nothing has come to signify the lazy repose of a hot summer day like the smoky scent of slow-cooked barbecue. At its most basic, "barbecue" means meat, slow-cooked over an open flame. Beyond that, there are scores of variables -- and each one can spur a contentious battle over which way of 'cueing is the "best."

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Start with the meat. The South favors pork, with styles ranging from the vinegary pulled pork shoulder in western North Carolina, whole hog in parts of South Carolina, Memphis-style pork ribs served without sauce, and so on. In cattle-country Texas, it's all about the beef brisket. Kansas City: Anything goes -- pork, beef, poultry, mutton, and even fish.

Differences only intensify from there. Depending on the region in Texas, beef is flavored with smoke from hickory, pecan, or oak wood, each of which imparts a unique flavor. In North Carolina, hickory predominates. In Georgia, hickory and oak. And then there's cooking style. Memphis prefers slow-cooking in a pit. West Texas "cowboy style" opts for direct heat from mesquite wood.

But the biggest difference may be in the sauce. Memphis ribs are served "dry" -- with a blend of spices like onion, garlic, cumin, and paprika -- or with a "wet" tomato and vinegar-based sauce. Vinegar-based marinades are most common in much of the Carolinas, with a sweet and acidic mustard-based "Carolina Gold" sauce in some regions. Kansas City is defined by the sweet and tangy tomato-based red sauce made with molasses.

And the side dishes... Never mind. Don't even get us started on sides.
However it's done, most barbecue has one thing in common: It's delicious! Here are our picks for the Top Ten BBQ joints around. Try not to fight over them.

Location Info

Lucille's Bad to the Bone BBQ

3011 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, FL

Category: Restaurant

Mrs. Smokeys Real Pit Bar-B-Q

1460 10th St., Lake Park, FL

Category: Restaurant

BBQ King

2500 Davie Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Troy's Bar-Be-Que

1017 N. Federal Highway, Boynton Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Texas Hold 'Em BBQ - CLOSED

21 SW Seventh St., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q

1236 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

Georgia Pig

1285 S. State Road 7, Davie, FL

Category: Restaurant

Dixie Pig BBQ

4495 N. Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, FL

Category: Restaurant

Blue Willy's Barbecue - CLOSED

613 SE First Ave., Broward / Palm Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant

Hickory Sticks BBQ

899 E. Cypress Creek Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Restaurant

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Used to be a Sonny's on University a few lights south of I-595. Now is Old Florida BBQ.


Shorty's isn't bad either ? BBQ is pretty good at a lot of places that don't require driving over several county lines. I drive Miami-Dade to Broward because the bbq in NMB keeps failing & closing their doors. BBQ is getting too expensive, but that's food in general . These artsy looking plates that look more like a painting than they do a meal is overkill for bbq. I recall a day when the Sonny's AYCE chicken plate was $ 5.49, a Big Deal Sandwich plate was $ 4.99.

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The Dixie Pig is very much underrated. Love that place. Hard to believe it was once a Dairy Queen. Nice people too. Great prices. Try the breakfast. I don't get there often enough, but when I get in that neighborhood, I will not pass it by. Try their Slaw Dog.


Just one look at Blue Willie's and Hickory Sticks pics of their bbq is proof enough for me that they are real deal smoked q!

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Mississippi Sweet Boca Raton.

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