Tom Jenkins BBQ
It's closed for church on Sundays and fishing on Mondays, but whenever this Ft. Lauderdale spot is open it pack in customers for lunch and serves them arguably some of the best BBQ in the area. Locals love the BBQ at Tom Jenkins, and we think that they are one of the best restaurants in Miami.
The basics: Back when South Florida was a veritable barbecue desert, there was still Tom Jenkins, a no-frills mainstay that’s closed on Sundays for church and on Mondays for fishing. The lunch crowd hasn’t slowed down since the restaurant opened as a little roadside trailer on Federal Highway in 1990, hawking classics like barbecue chicken, pork ribs, and chopped brisket and developing a loyal cult following along the way. The sauce is equally legendary, still a staple in refrigerators across Broward County.
What the pitmaster says: “Tom Jenkins, to me, shouts authentic—it’s just an old barbecue joint, and I appreciate that,” says Rivers. “I love the smell, I love the feel, and those ribs are some of the best. Sometimes I’ll drive down to Tom Jenkins just to have those ribs.”