Bon Gout BBQ

99 NW 54th St.
Miami, FL 33127
305-381-5464
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Bon Gout BBQ

Photo by Zachary Fagenson Bon Gout BBQ's "zakos."

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  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible, Beer and wine, Catering, Delivery, Free Wifi, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Beer/Wine

The Bon Gout BBQ crew arrives shortly after the crack of dawn to begin preparing brisket, ribs, chicken, and a bounty of Caribbean and soul-food sides such as rice and peas, cornbread, and mac and cheese. Here the secret is the epis, which to the people of Haiti is what sofrito is to the Spanish-speaking world. Onions, scallions, bell peppers, garlic, and parsley are pulverized into a coarse paste that's applied liberally to almost everything. Like so many iconic dishes and base ingredients, recipes vary. Some add basil, while others prefer Scotch bonnet peppers and celery. No one from Bon Gout will, as expected, reveal their recipe, yet after several hours in the smoker, the epis dehydrates, forming a smoky, punchy crust with a sharpness that slyly balances out the meat's fat. Of course, don't miss the griot, the result of fat-rippled knobs of pork shoulder plunged into a deep fryer and emerging with a burnished crust and a juicy interior. If you prefer, the meat can be lovingly tucked into a tortilla and crowned with the spicy fermented cabbage known as pikliz. The Haitian condiment has taken the world by storm, and for good reason: Its tart, spicy flavor provides the perfect complement to Bon Gout's unctuous pork bits. Insider tip: For truly fearless eaters, Bon Gout offers a special, extra-spicy pikliz that combines the addictive fermented condiment's funk with the fiery heat of what one would expect in Southeast Asia or the blistering pepper sauces of Trinidad.

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