Tom Jenkins Bar-B-Q

Last Activity: Jan 3rd, 2015

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Location

1236 S Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 522-5046
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Critic's Rating

Rating2.4
Food
Service
Ambiance
Last Review: 03/28/14

Information

HoursClosed Sun and Mon, Tue-Sat 11am-8pm
Dress CodeCasual ParkingPrivate Lot
CCYes AlcoholNone
Entree PricesModerate OutdoorYes
ReservationsNo DeliveryNo

Critic's Review

The first time I went to Jenkins I was wholly unimpressed. There aren't a lot of Rib Joints up on Long Island, and BBQ takes a bit of sampling to figure out what you like. Over time I've come to appreciate Tom Jenkins for what it is.

The first thing you need to know is that it's not open on Sunday or Monday. Don't come here on a Sunday or Monday.

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The second thing to know is that this is not a special occasion venue; This is not a place for a first (or second) date, and don't take your Mom here for her Birthday. It's low-end all the way.

There's a cutout where you order your food; there are a lot of people in the kitchen milling around. You'd better know what you want. They don't take AMEX at Tom Jenkins.

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Ambiance is non-existent here. The "dining room" is a bunch of picnic benches; it is "indoors" so you don't have to worry about the weather as with some other BBQ huts.

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They have beepers here, which seems a bit out of the element for the "leftover" concept. It takes quite a long time to get your order; a guy who came in before me was still waiting after my order was ready.

1/2 Babybacks, Mac & Cheese and baked beans. I'm not a fan of the cole slaw or collard greens here.

Jenking 1/2 Rack Babybacks, Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans

Jenking 1/2 Rack Babybacks, Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans

Consistency is a virtue here; they have a big smoker out back and they've been doing this forever. The ribs are very smoky and very dry. These are NOT "fall off the bone" ribs. Sauce is on the side. Note to Bokampers: Notice that 1/2 rack is 6 ribs?

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I ate about 2/3 of it for lunch; the rest will be a late night snack over the weekend. Not a lot of meat on the babybacks. The Mac & Cheese is very tight. Everything is pretty good. $14 and change for this. It should be a few dollars less considering the ambiance and self-service.

Tip: The Spare Ribs are better than the Baby Backs.

Review 8/11/12

Jenkins BBQ 2012

Jenkins BBQ 2012

Tom Jenkins is BBQ fast food and has been a fixture in For Lauderdale since 1990. The small house on the side of the road sports a kitchen full of Rapper/Chefs and 6 picnic benches. There's no table service; as I said, its basically fast food. You place your order and wait and then either sit down at a bench with a bunch of strangers, or you take the food home.

The first impression is that the place is noisy. This is NOT a place for a date, or to take your Mom for Mother's day. The clientelle can be a bit seedy, so take out is recommended if possible. If you plan to eat at your office, make sure you have napkins, because the little setup they give you is far from sufficient for eating ribs.

The first time I went here I had sky high expectations, and the food was good but not great. I had the babyback ribs, and they weren't as meaty as I've heard, the cole slaw was too watery and the mac and cheese was pretty good but not very cheesy. On a subsequent visit, I tried the chopped beef brisket, which New Times had listed as one of its 100 Favorite Dishes.The brisket had a nice smokey flavor, but was too fatty. It was an annoyance to eat. And not that great overall. The beans I had were soft and swimming in too much sauce. The collard greens were pretty good as collard greens go; but they're not my favorite food.

On a stormy day, I decided to try the spare ribs. I remember the first time I went to Jenkins thinking that they were pretty expensive. 3 years later, the spare ribs are still $12.99 with 2 sides, which is at the low end of the price spectrum.

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The cole slaw is still lousy; too watery and I think it has pickles in it. The beans were OK, not too bad but nothing particularly memorable. I liked the ribs, smokey and semi-meaty. The big thing at Jenkins is that they don't put any sauce on the ribs; the sauce is on the side. And the sauce is good; not too sweet.

A food rating is tough for this; 3.5 stars for the ribs but only 2 for the sides. So I'm going to leave it at 3 stars.

The problem with this place is that from all of the raving reviews on "other" sites, you expect the food here to be out of this world. But its really not. Its an OK place for lunch and the kids should enjoy it, but its not the kind of place I'd want to go for dinner. The sides are pedestrian at best, and it's not a comfortable place where I'd want to eat in.

Review 9/23/10

Tom Jenkins is BBQ fast food and has been a fixture in For Lauderdale since 1990. The small house on the side of the road sports a kitchen full of Rapper/Chefs and 6 picnic benches. There’s no table service; as I said, its basically fast food. You place your order and wait and then either sit down at a bench with a bunch of strangers, or you take the food home.

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The first impression is that the place is noisy. This is NOT a place for a date, or to take your Mom for Mother’s day. The clientelle can be a bit seedy, so take out is recommended if possible. If you plan to eat at your office, make sure you have napkins, because the little setup they give you is far from sufficient for eating ribs.

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My expectations for this place were sky high, but I'd have to say I was disappointed. The food was good but not great. I had the babyback ribs, and they weren’t as meaty as I’ve heard, the cole slaw was too watery and the mac and cheese was pretty good but not very cheesy. On a subsequent visit, I tried the chopped beef brisket, which New Times had listed as one of its 100 Favorite Dishes.The brisket had a nice smokey flavor, but was too fatty. It was an annoyance to eat. And not that great overall. The beans I had were soft and swimming in too much sauce. The collard greens were pretty good as collard greens go; but they’re not my favorite food.

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Jenkin's Brisket, Beans and Collard Greens

The problem with this place is that from all of the raving reviews on “other” sites, you expect the food here to be out of this world. But its really not. Its an OK place for lunch and the kids should enjoy it, but its not the kind of place I’d want to go for dinner. The sides are pedestrian at best, and it’s not a comfortable place where I’d want to eat in.

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Mary AnnReply
We have been going to Tom Jenkins for years. The price is OK. The food has always been good. But recently I detect a slight change in the taste of things. Go back to the way you used to prepare the food.