Tom Jenkins BBQ

Essay by nadevaCollege, Undergraduate April 2004

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Everyone knows of or conceives a particular place to be unique, highly anticipates visiting or depart after a visit with a high level of satisfaction, high praises and positive commendations. Tom Jenkins is one such place. It combines rustic character with southern country charm, southern styled menu and a tantalizing house sauce to create a one of a kind experience.

This unique experience begins the moment you approach the building. It heightens as you enter, and remains a part of each moment thereafter. Your first expression will be one of surprise due to its cabin like appearance. The structure constructed from old 19th century bricks to include a chimney sits on one of the busiest streets in the middle of downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The smoke rising from the chimney is visible from all surrounding areas.

Upon entering, you are accommodated with the undeniable rustic charm of wooden style picnic tables, benches and wooden floorboards.

Vintage posters, music memorabilia's, country trinkets and ornaments adorn the walls and shelves, enhance by Motown's best music from the sixties. The tantalizing aroma of smoked glazed honey barbeque ribs and chicken punctuates the air.

Another aspect of this establishment's uniqueness is the casual nature of the menu. The menu consist of a variety of southern selections including barbequed ribs and chicken, fried catfish, hushpuppies, sweet potato pie, corn on the cob, potato salad and corn bread. However, Tom Jenkins is mainly known for its barbeque dishes and its sauce. The barbeque ribs and chicken are slow cooked in a deep pit brick oven smoldered with smoke from the oak embers. This process continues until every morsel is a heavenly combination of exterior crust, interior moistness and strong smoky flavors.

The ribs are not the fall off the bone kind, they are juicy and...