Inside of Sparky's Roadside Barbecue

Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue in Downtown Miami

You can’t trust the GPS on your phone. I’ve wanted to buy one for use exclusively in my car (where else would I use it?). If I had, it would have come in handy today. I get lost easily whenever I’m driving around Downtown Miami. Luckily Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue (204 Northeast 1st Street) was easy to find after a near-disastrous attempt to drive down a one-way road thanks to that app.

I walked in and could smell the BBQ goodness in the air. I felt right at home since this isn’t one of those pretentious joints trying to pass themselves as a down-home barbecue joint.  While I don’t consider myself a BBQ expert, I do consider myself a maestro at spotting a fake.

Sparky's Roadside Barbecue BBQ Decor
BBQ Decor

I was kinda torn as to which of the appetizers to go for, but the Smoked Wings and Corn Nuggets ended up being my choices. I wanted to try the Hush Puppies also, but I figured there’s always next time if I dig this place (which I did). The wings were awesomely smokey and delicious, but those corn nuggets. Damn those guys! The corn nuggets are breaded cream of corn deep fried. They’re served with a side of ranch for dipping, but it’s really not necessary. I know these aren’t housemade, but they’re so good.

Marcela orders Tyler’s Pressed Sandwich (Brisket, pulled pork, sauteed onions, American cheese & BBQ sauce) while I go for the obvious choice of the half-pound Angus Beef Burger w/American Cheese. The sandwiches are served with waffle fries (interesting choice) and Coleslaw (not my first choice for sides). There are a bunch of sauces at the table, six to be exact. Sparky’s BBQ Sauce was my favorite of the six, but the one labeled Magma is sure to guarantee a bad time for the person who doesn’t realize the serious heat they’re about to take on.

I liked Tyler’s Pressed Sandwich, but I wish we had pulled the trigger to have the brisket or the pulled pork individually. I’m not trying to dissuade you from having this; I think since it was our first time here, we should have tried out the goods solo. Now, as for the burger…..well, I was kinda speechless. It was so good since the smokey taste permeated the patty. It had two slices of American cheese and nothing else on it. I barely touched the waffle fries. I was mesmerized by it so much so that I ordered a second one.

The Mac’n Cheese and Cornbread were both fresh and solid. Good stuff and the cornbread ended up being my guinea pig for the sauces I mentioned before. Also, try the applewood and hickory-smoked boneless chicken thigh; it’s killer.

Cheeseburger numero two arrives, and I don’t even remember eating it, but I know I did. I’d suggest you do the same and when you go, save me a seat!

Chalkboard
Chalkboard

Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue Food Pictures

Corn Nuggets
Corn Nuggets
Smoked Wings
Smoked Wings
Hush Puppies
Hush Puppies
Corn Bread
Cornbread & Mac
Mac & Cheese
Mac ‘n Cheese
Sparky's Roadside Barbecue Cheeseburger
1/2 lb Angus Bacon Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger Number 2
Cheeseburger Number 2

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