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May 2019: This feature's hot off the grill with two sizzling new additions! We may have lost Swine in Coral Gables last year, but two exciting new spots are keeping Miami's BBQ scene fresh. For inventive takes on grill fare, hit up Michael Beltran's Leña at Time Out Market Miami, which is doling out expert wood-fired meat and vegetables. In Aventura, Chef Michael Mina and cookbok author Ayesha Curry are putting new spins on classic techniques with an expansive menu highlighting surprising BBQ fare like seafood and veggies. You'll want to make some finger-lickin' trips to both this month.
Locals are known to travel far distances in their pursuit of the best BBQ in Miami. It’s not just spots in downtown Miami and Coral Gables that get Miamians excited about grilled and smoked meats. They'll make pilgrimages to far-away suburbs and farm country to get their hands on tender ribs and flaky cornbread, plus all sorts of finger-lickin’ sauces—the kind you’re tempted to smuggle home and drizzle on everything from steaks to ice cream to a drippy plate of nachos from a Mexican restaurant in Miami.