May 18 2016

Miami Smokers Urban Smokehouse

In Miami New Times   Andres Barrientos and James Bowers started Miami Smokers in a few coolers while working at a catering company. The goal? To make better bacon. Soon the business moved into Bowers' Coconut Grove apartment, where they produced mounds of the smoky, salty stuff that made its way to biergartens and pop-up brunches. Now, a dedicated space on NW 27th Avenue gives them the room to makes tens of thousands of pounds of bacon annually and a lineup of crafted sandwiches made from scratch. Even the mustard on an...

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May 18 2016

The Salty Donut’s Maple Bacon Doughnut Is Available at Miami Smokers This Weekend

By Clarissa Buch for Miami New Times   In a few days, the Salty Donut will do what it has done for the past four months — set up shop inside its resident courtyard in Wynwood (29 NW 24th St.), attracting hordes of hungry doughnut aficionados to get a quick fix. But this weekend, its doughnuts will be available somewhere else too — Miami Smokers.   "We usually don't sell doughnuts anywhere else besides our shop," says Andy Rodriguez, cofounder of the Salty Donut. "But this kind of made sense because the doughnut has...

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May 18 2016

Finally, Miami Smokers Urban Smokehouse & Deli is as of Today Open

by Ana Heretoiu for Miami Eater   Today marks the official (soft) opening of Miami's new smokehouse and deli. Here's everything you need to know. Last year in December, we interviewed self-proclaimed smoke whisperers Andres Barrientos and James Bowers of Miami Smokers, who at the time were trying to raise enough funds to to expand their Little Havana studio into a USDA approved community bacon smokehouse. And finally, they have. Today, the same boys that have been doling out their bacon to Miami restaurants like The Federal and Michael Mina 74, are debuting their very own Miami Smokers...

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May 18 2016

Miami Smokers opening retail shop & deli in Little Havana

By Lesley Abravanel for Miami.com   Miami's Fabulous Bacon Boys, Andres Barrientos and James Bowers of Miami Smokers,  are officially opening a smokehouse and deli at 306 NW 27th Avenue in Little Havana on October 13. The duo, which suffered through a not so smokin' Kickstarter campaign last year, already cure and smoke Heritage Breed pork bellies for Miami restaurants such as Michael Mina 74, Lokal, Azucar Ice Cream, Eating House, Wynwood Brewery, Kush Wynwood and Benchwarmers.   Slated to open "soft" on Monday, October 13 with limited inventory, the 2,500 square foot Miami Smokers Urban Smokehouse houses 12x7-foot smokers, five walk-in coolers for curing,...

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May 18 2016

Sparky’s Cuban Sandwich: A Happy Accident

By Zachary Fagenson for Miami New Times   In early 2013, Mimi Gross told her husband she wanted Cuban food. That man was Hans Seitz, owner of the downtown barbecue spot Sparky's along with Kevin Kehoe, who was testing ham recipes and fortuitously had Dijon mustard, pickles, Swiss cheese, and some bread on hand.   Thus Sparky's Cuban Ex-Patriot sandwich ($9.95) was born.   "We're an American restaurant, so we couldn't call it a Cuban, but it's pretty close," Seitz says.   The salty, juicy ham is the centerpiece of the whole thing. The restaurant uses picnic hams that...

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