The smoke wafting from the old-style chimney leads you to the definition of a landmark: an exposed-brick building along Federal Highway, unattached to any strip mall. Tom Jenkins’ holds a max of 40 patrons, who are more than happy to sit elbow-to-elbow for St. Louis-style ribs slow-cooked in a 6-by-10-foot pit, enhanced by a sweet sauce.
Tom Jenkins, 1236 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 954-522-5046; tomjenkinsbbq.net
- Smoke BBQ, 8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-330-4236; eatbbqnow.com
- Blue Willy’s, 1386 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach; 954-224-6120