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Ft. Lauderdale BBQ updates

s.m. koppelman | Jan 22, 200412:10 AM

Georgia Pig -- this place never changes.. It's very great, really, but the meat just isn't up to what the BBQ scientists at Tom Jenkins have created. In a town without Tom Jenkins they'd be king. As it stands, they're a tie for the second stop in town alongside the inconsistent but sometimes brilliant Jack's Smokehouse, but only after you've already tried Tom Jenkins. However, their sides and desserts have some real gems: the slaw and Brunswick stew are very good, and the macaroni and potato salads are straight out of the 1950s. And those old-fashioned pies! I really should start taking people there just for the pie.

Ernie's -- completely useless for BBQ. It's said it went into decline after it was sold to the owner of the Floridian some years back (and indeed, it's got the same cranky libertarian aphorisms hanging on the walls and much of the same menu as that diner), but really, the BBQ is now just plain lousy. And what's with the wan, chunky tomato "barbecue sauce"? It's an all right diner and bar, but that's really all it is.

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