Sparky's Roadside Barbecue

204 NE First St.
Miami, FL 33132
305-377-2877
Best Of

Details

  • Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • $$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Metered Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
The brisket sandwich — a freshly grilled bun piled with juicy slices of prime beef imbued with smoky glory and spice-rubbed flavor — is already legendary. The owners of Sparky's use a blend of some two dozen seasonings for the rub, and a mixture of young hickory and apple woods shipped in from Maine for the grill. The pulled pork sandwich, offering the same potent smoke and juice, is equally fetching. Try the smoked chicken thigh sandwich too: boneless and bursting with more luscious smoke-and-rub flavor. Sandwiches get plated with homemade coleslaw and waffle fries, while entrée plates come with a choice of two sides. Don't miss the baked beans, which boast a bacon-brown sugar-cumin flavor that elevates this dish above other renditions. The pork ribs are thick, meaty, and, like the other foods, cooked "low and slow" until tender. None of the items really requires barbecue sauce, yet it would be a shame not to sample at least a couple of the five or so daily homemade varieties. Try a starter, such as the fried sour dill pickle slices crisply crusted in cornmeal. Wash it all down with any of two dozen domestic microbrews. Homemade desserts include brownies, apple-blueberry pie, impeccably creamy banana pudding, and a fantastic coconut layer cake.

Read our full review of Sparky's.

Related Stories (15)

  • Where to Get Your Barbecue Fix for Memorial Day Weekend
    Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 8 a.m. by Chelsea Olson

    From ribs to brisket, here are the best places in Miami to get your barbecue fix.

  • The Ten Best Chicken Wings in Miami
    Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 9 a.m. by Zachary Fagenson

    If you're on a quest for Miami's best chicken wings, keep a few things in mind: First is to order the smallest portion available at each restaurant, because this is a marathon, not a sprint. You'll want to sample all of the items on...

  • Miami's Ten Best Barbecue Spots
    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. by Zachary Fagenson

    It would be nice if Miami barbecue was a simple creature: One kind of meat, one way to cook it, and maybe a couple of sauces. But life is never simple. And in setting out to find whether Miami has its own style of barbecue, the trut...

  • Ten Best Lunches Under $10 in Downtown Miami
    Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 8:32 a.m. by Carina Ost

    Downtown Miami is not quite the culinary capital of the city. Affordable options are slim. You have the fancy hotel restaurants and fast food, but mid-range places where you can buy a delicious lunch for $10 or under are hard to com...

Load More Articles

Menu

View All

More American Restaurants in Downtown/Overtown

View All

More American Restaurants in Miami

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.