Simply Southern BBQ officially opens October 10th, and it'll be the first time for many to have heard of it. No wonder, Chef Mikkel Brinson had a very soft opening a few weeks ago, and he's cookin' with gas, er hardwoods, that is!
It's located at the north end of Empire Plaza, 600 Goodlette Road North, Suite 101, at the end of the same strip mall as Bambusa.
Naples has a so-so BBQ spot that sounds like a beer, and for years advertised itself as" the best", however Chef Brinson's BBQ ribs put theirs to shame!
He smokes his ribs with a light rub for long and slow hours, and they are served wonderfully tender. they could win any BBQ rib competition. They are succulent and naturally sweet without needing sauce slathered on. He does has a sauce, and notes it's St Louis style.
Try the brisket-it'll make a Texan proud! Tender and full of taste, with a good fat cap on tip. Remember, fat = flavor, and then thin cap comes right off, revealing the rich taste.
His pulled pork is good too, it doesn't need any sauce slathered on to appreciate it. There's also BBQ chicken, fish, and plates for the kids.
The hamburger is a treat, as it's made from the BBQ meats! For dessert, have some sweet potato pie-heavenly!
Go out back and look at the humongous smoker. Across the lake is the house where Chef Brinson grew up learning about BBQ, before becoming a private chef and caterer for a few years. Then, like many chefs, he got the bug to open his own restaurant, and it's a keeper.
Check it out, and share your thoughts.