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2015 Best Barbecue: Tom Jenkins

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;


  • Smoke BBQ, 8 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-330-4236;
  • Blue Willy’s, 1386 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach; 954-224-6120
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