From smoky brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, to a rack of juicy ribs that fall off the bone, the best BBQ is slow-cooked to perfection with wood smoke. When it’s finished, the meat should be infused with mouth-watering flavors. Florida may not be known for it’s BBQ, but these BBQ joints are stepping up to the plate and serving BBQ that will blow your mind. I hope you’re hungry because here are the best BBQ restaurants in Brevard.
Madd Jacks Grillin Shack
It’s no doubt that Madd Jacks Grillin Shack, in Cocoa Beach, has some of the best BBQ in Brevard. TripAdvisor.com even named Madd Jacks one of the top 10 best BBQ restaurants in the U.S. “Where West Coast style meets East Coast flare” Madd Jacks uses unique ingredients when preparing their barbecue, including pineapple juice and teriyaki. The savory brisket, jumbo pulled pork sandwich, and spare ribs that fall off the bone all take the cake when it comes to barbecue done right. Don’t forget to try their fried Oreos while you’re there. You won’t be disappointed.
Slow & Low Barbeque
The name says it all; they cook their meats slow and low. Slow & Low Barbeque is in no rush when it comes to perfecting their meats the proper way, and it definitely pays off. Slow & Low specializes in St. Louis style ribs, hickory smoked pulled pork, turkey, chicken and beef. Locals are also raving about their sides, saying the baked beans, fried okra and coleslaw are some of the best they’ve ever had. Not only is the barbeque amazing, but the staff is dedicated to making sure the customers are more than happy. With locations in Cocoa Beach and Viera, Slow & Low’s atmosphere is laidback and the perfect place to take the family or friends to hang out.
Double D’s BBQ
This family owned and operated BBQ joint is cooking up authentic barbecue that keep the locals coming back for more. Double D’s BBQ, in Rockledge, keeps it simple. Everything is made from scratch, including their pickles and all of their sauces, which are bold and packed with flavor. The brisket is slow-cooked for over 17 hours and rubbed with the perfect mixture of herbs and spices. The pork at Double D’s tend to be the star of the show, slow-cooked for at least 14 hours, leaving it juicy with a kick. Their specialty sandwiches were voted Best of Brevard Winner by Florida Today in 2015. These massive sandwiches are loaded with juicy meats, melted cheeses, homemade coleslaw and bold sauces. Double D’s BBQ will remind you of Grandma’s home cookin’.
Bubba’s Backyard BBQ
Honestly, with a name like Bubba’s Backyard BBQ, you can’t go wrong. You don’t usually hear of free samples at barbecue restaurants, but Bubba’s is changing the game. The friendly staff at Bubba’s Backyard BBQ is more than happy to give out samples of their smoked meats and sides. Come on, who doesn’t like free samples?! Bubba’s wants to ensure their guests get the BBQ they’re craving. When you head over to Bubba’s, make sure you try the pulled pork, brisket or ribs that fall right off the bone. Or try all of them; I’m not judging. Whatever you do, make sure you leave room for dessert and order the banana pudding.
Kelly’s Smokin’ BBQ
With country décor and a “mom and pop” vibe, Kelly’s Smokin’ BBQ, in Cocoa, keeps it simple and perfect. For over a decade Kelly’s has been in the BBQ business learning what it takes to become a true barbecue master. This casual spot offers all the barbecue classics such as smoked brisket, baby back ribs, smokin’ pulled pork, sliced pork, beef, turkey, chopped sirloin and smoked chicken. What makes Kelly’s stand out from other barbecue restaurants is their out-of-this world sides. Pineapple chili, gooey mac-n-cheese and coleslaw that’s the perfect blend of sweet and tangy. Oh yeah, did we mention they have freshly-fried pork rinds?
Tucked away in Port Canaveral, Smokehouse Foods is Brevard’s hidden gem. This is the go-to spot for fishermen and locals on their lunch breaks. Port Canaveral may seem like an odd place for a BBQ joint, but don’t be surprised when you have some of the best BBQ you’ve ever tried from this tiny joint. Choose from the BBQ classics such as ribs, whole chickens, tri-tip and Italian sausage. Or if you want to mix it up, try their yellowfin, Mahi, wahoo or alligator, which have all been slow-smoked to perfection. Favorites from Smokehouse Foods include the pulled pork sandwich topped coleslaw, jalapenos sliced pickles, mustard and their homemade barbecue sauce. Don’t forget to order the smoked fish dip; the perfect balance of smoky and spicy flavors.
KoA Korean & American Fusion
KoA Korean & American Fusion, in Cocoa Village, is quickly becoming popular with Brevard residents. While KoA barbecue may not be traditional, the fresh marinades and sweet and spicy ingredients are making for some damn good barbecue. Traditional? No, but the flavors created during the smoking process are making some darn good barbecue. The portions at KoA are enormous, so make sure you come hungry. The atmosphere offers a casual, yet fine dining experience. Favorites on the menu include the marinated beef bulgogi and the seasoned beef boneless short ribs. Anyone who has been there will tell you the Korean BBQ is a must-try, the staff is friendly and the restaurant offers a five-star dining experience. Stay tuned because KoA will soon have BBQ where you can grill it yourself from your table, Korean style.
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By Alyssa Brady, Staff Writer