4. Dixie Pig: Lots of places serve Carolina barbecue sauce, but few actually specialize in Carolina barbecue itself. The 21-year-old Dixie Pig has been serving pork marinated in a special vinegar-based sauce, then slow-cooked with hickory wood and served with a no-mayo, vinegar-based coleslaw. It's a taste of the country. Dixie Pig is located at 4495 N. Dixie Highway in Oakland Park. Call 954-772-5977, or visit dixiepigbarbeque.com.

3. Blue Willy's Barbecue: This much-beloved barbecue truck might be on a short hiatus — owner Will Banks is currently in the process of renovating a new brick-and-mortar location that's expected to open sometime in July — but it's known for its awesome celebration of different styles of barbecue. Banks uses a combination of hickory and pecan woods to slow-cook his simply prepared — only salt and pepper as seasoning — Texas-style brisket, Carolina-style pulled pork, and spare ribs. Homemade sauces — from Carolina (mustard and vinegar bases) to white Alabama sauce (a tangy mayonnaise-based sauce) for chicken — are served on the side. Blue Willy's will be located at 1386 S. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. Call 954-224-6120, or visit facebook.com/bluewillys.

2. Hickory Sticks BBQ: New Times named this Best Barbecue in our annual awards last month, and that's because Hickory Sticks serves some of the most authentic Texas-style barbecue around. The spot uses a combination of hickory and oak logs, which complement the signature brisket and pork with just the right amount of smoky flavor. After a lengthy slow-cooking process, the meat is basted with just a touch of Texas-style tomato-based barbecue sauce, adding a delicate juicy flavor. Delicious, nontraditional sauce options include spicy chipotle or fruity raspberry barbecue. Hickory Sticks BBQ is located at 899 E. Cypress Creek Road in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-916-7023, or visit hickorysticksbbq.com.

"Pit Man Dan" Fitzgerald prepares the pork at the Georgia Pig.
"Pit Man Dan" Fitzgerald prepares the pork at the Georgia Pig.

Location Info


Lucille's Bad To The Bone BBQ

6691 W. Boynton Beach Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33437

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Boynton Beach

Mrs. Smokeys Real Pit Bar-B-Q

1460 10th St.
Lake Park, FL 33403

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: West Palm Beach

BBQ King

2500 Davie Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Fort Lauderdale

Troy's Bar-Be-Que

1017 N. Federal Highway
Boynton Beach, FL 33435

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Boynton Beach

Texas Hold 'Em BBQ

21 SW Seventh St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Fort Lauderdale

Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q

1236 S. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Fort Lauderdale

Dixie Pig BBQ

4495 N. Dixie Highway
Oakland Park, FL 33334

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Oakland Park

Blue Willy's Barbecue Market

1386 S. Federal Highway
Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Pompano Beach

Hickory Sticks BBQ

899 E. Cypress Creek Rd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Oakland Park

Georgia Pig

1285 S. State Road 7
Davie, FL 33317

Category: Restaurant > Barbecue

Region: Sunrise/Plantation

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1. The Georgia Pig: Probably the oldest barbecue place to grace the South Florida landscape, the Georgia Pig has been winning the hearts and minds of porcine enthusiasts since 1953. The traditional Southern-style pork specialties are barbecued on an open, live-oak-fired pit and covered with the spot's signature sauce — a thin, tangy, and mustardy orange concoction that doesn't have the tomatoey flavor of many barbecue sauces. This is the ruler of South Florida barbecue, so don't be deterred by lines around the building at lunchtime. The Georgia Pig is located at 1285 S. State Road 7 in Davie. Call 954-587-4420, or visit facebook.com/page/Georgia-Pig-BBQ-Restaurant.

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what about the microwaved bbq pork sandwich (which they apparently do for everyone) and the $2 surcharge per person?

frankd4 topcommenter

one should be suspicious that a BBQ joint even HAS A MICROWAVE !

i never mentioned it but on my one and only visit for a TO GO order at that GEORGIA PIG that is what i got - nuked pork - which was dry and tasteless

as for tom jenkins even their chopped meats can be re-heated one to many times and eat like chewing on a stick HOWEVER their BBQ sauce would make even a bald tire taste edible so one can manage to choke it down anyway

otherwise the most consistently good BBQ isn't even mentioned here so again i get off the hook by avoiding more crowded tables at my favorite place (scrubby's in the pine island road shopping center at the old tony roma rib joint)