Brother Jimmy’s has celebrated over 20 years of legendary North Carolina, slow-smoking BBQ. In Miami, the restaurants are operated by University of Miami Hurricanes alumni and former teammates turned NFL superstars: Jon Vilma, Jon Beason and D.J. Williams. The guys made a strong entrance two years ago when they opened their Mary Brickell Village location, which was quickly followed by the second one in South Miami. This weekend, join in the festivities as Brother Jimmy’s Miami launches its 3rd location at Dolphin Mall: 11401 NW 12th ST, Miami.
And yes, they even have a mechanical bull.
We had the chance to dine at Brother Jimmy’s last Friday and we left with very happy tummies. The place is fun and casual, and the staff was extremely nice and attentive. There’s cool stuff to look at all around, and we were very intrigued by the rounds of beer pong going on at the back of the restaurant. And though we decided to err on the side of caution by NOT ordering the gigantic signature drink, SWAMP WATER, we really enjoyed looking at the table next to us drinking the concoction from a dozen or so of multicolored straws. (Maybe next time if Amanda dares come along, we can take a stab at that, AND ride the mechanical bull, too).
So, what did we eat?
APPETIZERS: Hush Puppies and Frickles
The hush puppies were delicious even though I struggled with the fact that butter did indeed make them yummier and silky in your mouth. I ordered the frickles (fried pickles), too, and really liked them. The slices of pickles are battered in a mix of beer and mustard, and then deep fried. The acidity of the pickle plays very nice against the heaviness and richness of the fried batter. Plus, frickles are one of those things you will never make at home, so totally worth ordering them when eating out!
ENTREES: Pulled Pork Platter and Marble Brisket Platter
Though the pork was delicious, salty and seasoned perfectly, we both loved the brisket. After 12 hours in the smoker, you could easily cut it with your fork, and it melted in your mouth. We tried it with BJ’s original BBQ sauce, and we wished we had enough to take home to eat for the next week! Great sides to order: brussel sprouts (perfectly crispy, not oily at all), and the avocado and tomato salad.
DESSERT: Guava Cheesecake with Whipped Cream
We loved the tribute to Miami through the use of local favorite: guava. All desserts are made by Fireman Derrick, and delivered to the restaurant daily. The cheesecake was smooth and sweet enough to complement the massive amounts of meat we ate!
During opening weekend, guests are invited all day Saturday, June 28th, for lunch and dinner, as well as children’s line dance lessons, mechanical bull rides and a live performance by Spam All-Stars.
For more information, check out Brother Jimmy’s.