Readers’ Choice: Top 5 barbecue places in Palm Beach County

A full rack of baby back ribs with corn bread, corn, and greens prepared at PA BBQ’s newest location on Indiantown Rd. in Jupiter. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

A full rack of baby back ribs with cornbread, corn, and greens prepared at PA BBQ’s newest location on Indiantown Rd. in Jupiter. Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post

Last month we announced the winner of our latest Readers’ Choice Award. For ‘Best BBQ in Palm Beach County, our readers chose Park Ave BBQ’.

The winner was selected from our online poll which was created based on your social comments. Want to know the runners-up? Here are the top five places for barbecue, based on your votes:

Park Ave BBQ, various locations (won with 352 votes)

An excerpt from our original story ‘Best BBQ’ story:

“The centerpiece reason most people flock to PA BBQ is meat – smoky, succulent meats. Whether your plate is piled high with ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket or chicken, one thing is certain: Your choice of meat was made fresh on premises.”

Park Avenue (PA) BBQ has nine locations across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. To find one near you, visit check Park Avenue’s website.

Derrick McCray's barbecue is a Palm Beach County favorite. (Contributed)

Derrick McCray’s barbecue is a Palm Beach County favorite. (Contributed)

McCray’s Backyard BBQ (235 votes)

This local pit master, Derrick McCray, has been asked to cook his barbecue at the Super Bowl seven times. The family has been in the barbecue business for 80 years.

McCray’s has two locations: 1098 Military Trail, West Palm Beach; 1521 45th Street, Mangonia Park. Information: 561-684-1113 or visit McCrays BBQ website.

Mississippi Sweets, Wellington/Lake Worth; Boca Raton (146 votes)

This eatery has many barbecue offerings, including ‘spit-roasted chicken,’ pulled pork and other favorites.

Mississippi Sweets has two locations, for more information visit Mississippi Sweets’ website.

photo mrs smokeys bbq

Elisa Caplan, the owner of Mrs. Smokeys Real Pit Bar-B-Q in Lake Park, holds up a tray of barbecue dishes prepared at her restaurant, including smoked spare ribs, fried biscuits, cole slaw, mac n’ cheese, taters, collards, and succotash. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

Mrs. Smokeys, Jupiter (199 votes)

An excerpt from our previous story on Mrs. Smokey’s:

“Elisa Caplan, who has spent more than 30 years in the ‘cue business, long ago earned her nickname, “Mrs. Smokeys.” It’s the name that graces her family-owned, Lake Park eatery, where Caplan is known for her hot-smoked meats, and spicy blends of fresh-made sauces.”

Mrs. Smokey’s has two locations, for more information visit Mrs. Smokey’s website.

Carnivore city: Chef's Kitchen and Smokehouse. (Contributed by Ian Jacob)

Carnivore city: Chef’s Kitchen and Smokehouse. (Contributed by Ian Jacob)

Chef’s Kitchen and Smokehouse, West Palm Beach (133 votes)

An excerpt from our previous story on Chef’s Kitchen:

“On the menu: unique items such as a burnt ends sandwich made of pork butt and brisket and crispy fried onions, a Cubano sandwich that layers house-smoked Black Forest ham and shredded pork with pickled fennel, and fried honey cornbread croutons.”

Chef’s Kitchen: 2911 N. Military Tr., West Palm Beach; 561-530-4822 or visit Chef’s Kitchen website.

 

 

 

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