What does 12 hours in a sauna of hickory smoke get you in Homestead?
A half slab of extraordinary baby back ribs($13), with a side of Squealing Pig Skins ($7) and helping of sweet potato souffle ($2.30) at Shiver's .
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The pig skins were essentially potato skins stuffed with a mound of pulled pork, jalapenos and a mix of monterey and cheddar. The sweet potato souffle had a mousse-like consistency and crunchy crumble topping. And the ribs: meat popsicles!
Manager Susan Fiorentino brought out her homemade peach cobbler for dessert ($4) which, except for the fruit, was all handmade a few hours before our visit, It was tasty and laid on top spoon tender peaches.
Shiver's isn't one of those all too familiar, hokey barbecue "themed" restaurant. It is one of the oldest barbecue joints in Miami, dating back to 1950. It's even older than Shorty's BBQ in Kendall. According to Shorty's director of operations Mark Vasturo, "Shorty Allen and Shiver's were business partners who went on to open separate restaurants," but Shiver's beat 'em to the punch a year early.