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There are few things that are more comforting than some good ol' BBQ. It doesn't make a difference if the craving is for the more traditional offerings — a la ribs and pork — or something more non-traditional, like alligator ribs, here are 11 spots throughout South Florida to satisfy your BBQ itch.

Park Avenue BBQ Grille

For three decades Park Avenue BBQ Grille has served mountains of slow-cooked barbecue pork, chicken, ribs, more. Try it on a platter with two homestyle sides, or even piled high on top of a seasonal salad. Don’t forget to order the fried pickles.

Location:4796 N Congress Ave Boynton Beach, FL 33426
Contact: (561) 357-7427
Social: @PABBC
Website: Park Avenue BBQ Grille

Gorilla City Meats & Sandwiches

Located inside Tripping Animals Brewery, it offers meats by the pound like smoked pulled pork and brisket burnt ends, hearty sandwiches, classic barbecue sides like baked beans and potato salad, that pair perfectly with the brewery’s signature beers.

Location: 1200 NW 22nd St #100 Miami, FL 33142
Contact: (305) 396-4551
Social: @GorillaCitySandwiches
Website: Gorilla City Sandwiches

4 Rivers Smokehouse

This family-owned barbecue joint started out in a garage in Winter Park, Florida, and has made its way to South Florida. Smoked meats are all the rage at 4 Rivers. The burnt ends are smothered in homemade barbecue sauce, while the tri-tip is served with chimichurri. Order the Smokehouse 2x2 and choose two types of meat and two sides or go with the Happy Herd and feed a family of four.

Location: 1236 South Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Contact: (844) 474-8377
Social: @4riverssmokehouse
Website: 4 Rivers Smokehouse

Tom Jenkins

Started by two friends who just wanted to create some barbecue sauce, this South Florida restaurant has quickly become one of the most beloved barbecue joints around. Bring the family and order the sampler that feeds up to six people and offers just about every meat on the menu.

Location:1285 S State Road 7 Davie, FL 33317
Contact: 954-522-5046
Social: Tom Jenkins BBQ - Facebook
Website: Tom Jenkins BBQ

Georgia Pig

For more than 50 years Georgia pig has been serving up some barbecue delights like its cult favorite barbecue sandwich tossed in a mustard based sauce along with dishes like barbecue chicken, smoked ham, and fried shrimp. (Cash only.)

Location: 3600 NW 183rd St Miami Gardens, FL 33056
Contact: (954) 587-4420
Social: Georgia Pig - Facebook
Website:Georgia Pig

Hometown Barbecue

This New York City import has already made its impression on Miami’s barbecue scene. Every day it offers all its favorites like pork ribs, brisket, smoked wings, and homemade sausage, alongside an eclectic variety of wines and beers in a chic-yet-cozy space in the Allapattah neighborhood.

Location: 204 NE 1st St Miami, FL 33132
Contact: (305) 377-2877
Social: @HometownBBQMiami
Website: Hometown BBQ

Saint City Coffee Shop

No, this barbecue doesn't serve coffee so don't be fooled by the name. Located at a church, it serves plenty of soul food along with barbecue classics like rib sandwiches and smoked chicken. (Cash only.)

Location: 250 NE 167th St Miami, FL 33162
Contact: (305) 624-3528
Social: @SaintCity_BBQ
Website: Saint City Coffee Shop

Drinking Pig

This weekend give a new barbecue spot a shot. Drinking Pig by KYU alums boasts some of the best barbecues in the Magic City. Utilizing traditional techniques alongside Caribbean flavors, hungry diners can order items like brisket, pulled pork, and chicken. Make sure to order in advance as this spot has been known to sell out.

Location: 8030 NW 154th St, Miami Lakes, FL 33016
Contact: (954) 589-3759
Social: @DrinkingPigBBQ
Website: Drinking Pig BBQ

La Traila Barbecue

This Texas-style barbecue outpost by Austin native and pitmaster Mel Rodriguez and Miami native and Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Isaiah McKenzie, originally debuted as a pop-up in the summer of 2020 and quickly grew a following. The counter-service style eatery serves up items like the Brisket Sundae made with a mac and cheese base then layered with baked beans and cream corn then topped with smoked brisket, cotija cheese, crema, and house sauce; platters and meat by the pound like smoked pulled pork, smoked sausage, pork spare ribs and Texas-style brisket; and for some Miami and Texas fusion: brisket y queso empanadas and smoked pork rib croquettes.

Location: 12101 NW 27th Ave Miami, FL 33167
Contact: (786) 703-6197
Social: @La Traila BBQ
Website: la Traila BBQ

Society BBQ

Richard Hales’ barbecue hotspot in Midtown Miami serves up everything a proper ‘cue spot should: fall off the bone beef ribs, tender pulled pork, smokey brisket, and more, along with meats carved by the pound, decadent sides, and even vegan “burnt ends.”

Location: 2685 NW 105th Ave Doral, FL 33172
Contact: (305) 396-4551
Social: @SocietyBBQ
Website: Society BBQ

Shorty’s BBQ

Eat with the locals and get some good cheap que’ at Miami’s Shorty's. The pulled pork sandwiches and sweet tea have been a favorite in the area for 65 years. If you haven't had the pleasure of enjoying this South Florida staple you're doing yourself a disservice. The authentic ambiance and smokey aromas fill this storied venue that is guaranteed to leave you filled with memories and delicious BBQ.

Location:7271 SW 168th St, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
Contact: (305) 298-7572
Social: @HometownBBQMiami
Website: Shorty's BBQ