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Porky's BBQ in Homestead: Where Pig is King

Porky's "Flinstone" Beef Rib is crazy huge
Porky's "Flinstone" Beef Rib is crazy huge
Photo by Ben Guzman

Homestead may have Sonny's BBQ and the Pit, but those places need to make room for a new top dog. Porky's BBQ just opened shop and is is preparing to take the Homestead barbecue throne.

Vegetarians, take cover, because at Porky's it's all about satisfying the carnivorous beast that lives inside us.

Porky's isn't affiliated with the L.A. restaurant of the same name. This restaurant is modest and full of glazed wooden picnic tables. The drawling sounds of Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, and Taylor Swift fill the space. And the smell of hickory and apple smoke is everywhere.


Head chef Carlos Otiniano says his recipes are inspired by a melting pot of Florida cultures including Southern and Spanish cuisine. Since kitchen

space is limited, he uses a scaled-down version of smoker with hickory

and apple wood.

Golden bounty of corn nuggets and honey
Golden bounty of corn nuggets and honey
Photo by Ben Guzman

Photo by Ben Guzman
Golden bounty of corn nuggets and honey

The

corn nuggets ($5) were fried to a crisp and contained a molten

thimbleful of sweet creamed corn. They were served with a side of thick

honey for dipping, which made the little fritters sing.

Deep fried Okra
Deep fried Okra
Photo by Ben Guzman

Photo by Ben Guzman
Deep fried Okra

If

you're looking for some southern influence, try the fried okra ($3). These had silky centers and a crisp exterior. 


Flinstone Rib big enough to tip you stone-age car over
Flinstone Rib big enough to tip you stone-age car over
Photo by Ben Guzman

Photo by Ben Guzman
Flinstone Rib big enough to tip you stone-age car over
The "Flintsone" beef rib ($19) looked like it needed to be brought out with

a forklift. This humongous dish was smoked, dark, and had

crunchy skin with a juicy applewood fragrant interior. The meat was

super moist and surprisingly delicate.

Rich and meaty baby back ribs, so good you'll wanna slap your mama!
Rich and meaty baby back ribs, so good you'll wanna slap your mama!
Photo by Ben Guzman

Photo by Ben Guzman
Rich and meaty baby back ribs, so good you'll wanna slap your mama!
The

babyback ribs ($17) with their side of sweet potato fries had to be our

favorite bite that night. The ribs were meaty and flavorful covered

in the Pit's homemade barbecue sauce. It left our fingers and face sticky, which made it easy to pick up a few of those amazing fries. If

there's anything we'd suggest to order at Porky's, this is it.

Pulled pork sandwich out of this world
Pulled pork sandwich out of this world
Photo by Ben Guzman

Photo by Ben Guzman
Pulled pork sandwich out of this world
One last dish Chef Carlos wanted us to try was the pulled pork sandwich.

The thin strands were delicate and clung to the sweet sauce it was

cooked in. It was a delicious hefty mound of pulled pork on a warm soft

bun, and it didn't need anything else added.

The prices alone will let you eat like a king. They

have $5 pitcher deals and  Porky's doesn't sacrifice or skimp when it comes to the portions. All the meat is purchased through Vina and Sons, a local

meat distributor. When you're face

first in barbecue bliss, and you hear Big & Rich singing,

"Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy," you know you're sitting in the right

place.

Porky's BBQ
24854 SW 177th Ave., Homestead
305-247-7575

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