"Hopefully our trendy restaurants that say they buy local stuff actually do," Andres Barrientos says. Through their smokehouse, Miami Smokers, the Miami-born executive chef of Aaron's Catering and sous-chef James Bowers have spent the past year experimenting and testing how the Magic City responds to special smoked pork products.
What makes the place so special?
A Facebook page description of the operation reads, "Miami Smokers is bringing artisanal charcuterie to the sunny streets and shady peeps of the 305."
"We believe in the art of doing things the right way -- no shortcuts or cut corners," he says. Which also includes sourcing everything (down to the salt in the cures) locally.