Best Eats & Drinks This Week: Barbecue, Burlesque, Burgers & Bourbon

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America's birthday is around the corner and it's time to celebrate. Not just any party will do for the red, white and blue. We need to be immersed in all things that make this country great. Sure, we're talking about freedom and flagrantly illegal fireworks displays; but we're also discussing booze, brews, babes and barbecue.

What better way to celebrate than with some of this country's most prized edibles? We all know the Fourth of July is about freedom, fireworks and fire-cooked meat. Whether you plan on firing up your own barbecue or you're looking to score at a prized purveyor, we have you covered.

On America's birthday, we certainly cannot overlook the most patriotic of spirits: Bourbon. Oh, and we mentioned babes right?

For the DIY Barbecuers

Graziano's Market, with three locations across South Florida, is a convenient and tasty place to pick up some fixin's for your July 4th celebration. Sure, they have killer cuts of beef complete with diagrams of the cow; but the real star here is the provoleta. This Argentinian cheese made from pulled provolone curd is meant to be grilled. Top that baby with some tomato, oregano and a wee bit of bacon, and you're in for a killer party app that will make you King of the 'Cue.

If you haven't sampled Proper Sausages' porky wares yet, this is the time to try. These local artisan sausage makers are the darling of foodies and chefs alike. They'll be closed on the 4th, so stop by their storefront before then to pick up some of their Independence Day dishes. Their Fourth of July features are perfect for your holiday barbecue: "Dub Rubbed" Berkshire pork spareribs, whiskey cherry venison sausage, potato salad with Proper Bacon & Lake Meadow Farm eggs, and sweet Summer corn salad with queso blanco, chili, and lime. We saved the best for last: Florida Wagyu bacon burger with Florida Wagyu brisket, house made bacon and sauteed onions. Boo-yah!

BBQ by the Pros

If you're looking for some serious BBQ, look no further than Pride & Joy BBQ. Using the best ribs and brisket you can buy, Pride & Joy isn't letting any hormones or antibiotics enter your meat. Their quality barbecue is perfectly smoked and seriously seasoned. Don't be fooled by the casual cool vibe of the place, the chef and his partners are dead serious when it comes to quality. Homemade sauces, freshly ground spices and genuine hospitality round out the experience.


Old Fashioned Wednesdays at Cecconi's

Enoy $10 drinks and tasty bites from 8-11pm at Cecconi's Miami Beach. Their "Old Fashioned Wednesdays" feature classic cocktails with a twist for $10 like the Fancy Free with maraschino, bourbon, orange & angostura bitters. Add a tapas plate for $15 and choose three items from their list including wood oven baked meatballs and gnocchi Romana with gorgonzola.

Thursday, the 4th of July

Beats, Burlesque & BBQ at Cafeina

Vampy vixen Aurora Natrix and her Ritz, Glitz, Revue will be performing their burlesque routine at Cafeina in Wynwood. While burlesque has its roots in all parts of the world, it is indisputably American. $5 beer and spiked lemonade will accompany bbq ribs and burgers with all the fixins. $5 cover after 9 p.m.

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