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Ten Best Barbecue Spots in South Florida

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6. Texas Hold 'Em

6. Texas Hold 'Em: Of course, a place called Texas Hold 'Em specializes in Texas-style barbecue, most specifically brisket. The constantly moving spots -- locations in downtown Fort Lauderdale and Federal Highway have both changed locations -- churn out piles of wood-fired, slow-cooked brisket that could be the envy of any pit master in Texas. Fortunately, it's easy to find -- without the plane ticket -- with its two locations. Texas Hold 'Em is located at 2528 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, and at 317 SW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-527-4115, or visit

5. Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q

Now a Fort Lauderdale institution, Tom Jenkins has been smoking up the neighborhood since 1990. Originally a traveling barbecue trailer, Tom Jenkins became a 40-seat restaurant back in 1996. It may have moved up in terms of location -- and air conditioning -- but it still uses the same slow, oak-fired cooking process to churn out its Southern-style pork specialties. In South Florida, the saying is "You have to go north to go South," but Tom Jenkins will save you the trip. Tom Jenkins' Bar-B-Q is located at 1236 S. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-522-5046, or visit

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