Licensed To Grill! Celebrate National BBQ Month in Miami

Is National BBQ Month, from Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s BBQ Lovers package to the Maryland-style BBQ pop-up at The Taurus, and the highly anticipated opening of La Traila BBQ, Miami is giving diners plenty of reasons to celebrate this month.

La Traila BBQ
Photo Credit: La Traila BBQ

La Traila BBQ, Miami’s genuine Texas-style craft barbecue pit spot, is set to open its first brick n’ mortar location in May 2021. Founded by Austin native and pitmaster Mel Rodriguez and Miami native/Buffalo Bills Wide Receiver Isaiah McKenzie, the hotly-anticipated BBQ hotspot will be located in Miami Lakes. The opening will signal La Traila brand’s first permanent home to date; it has only existed as a “first come, first served” style pop-up, a holy grail-ish “must try” for local BBQ enthusiasts. Smoked to absolute perfection, BBQ lovers can expect items like Brisket Sundae with a mac and cheese base then layered with baked beans and cream corn then topped with smoked brisket, cotija cheese, crema, and house sauce; platters and meat by the pound like Smoked Pulled PorkSmoked SausagePork Spare Ribs, and Texas Style Brisket; and for some Miami and Texas fusion – Brisket y Queso Empanadas and Smoked Pork Rib Croquettes. Sides will include cookout specials such as Mac n Cheese and Baked Beans. Beer and wine selections will be on offer. Takeout will also be available and catering options are offered upon request. You can also check them out at BubbleQ and Best of the Fest at this year’s Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. La Traila is located at 8030 NW 154th Street in Miami Lakes, Florida. Lunch and dinner will be offered Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, please visit

Guy Fieri SOBEWFF 2021
Guy Fieri Photo Credit: SOBEWFF®

As the most delicious event of the year approaches, BBQ lovers will be pleased to see the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s newest promotion. The Festival has created a BBQ Lovers package which couples the BBQ Dinner with the Moët & Chandon BubbleQ. Guests who purchase a table for the dinner along with a ticket to BubbleQ Session 2 will receive 25% off of their purchase. The BBQ Dinner, taking place on Thursday, May 20 at 7 PM, will be hosted by barbecue master and champion of the grill, Chef Chris Lilly, executive chef at the world-famous Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q restaurant in Decatur, AL. The dinner will feature a messy, down-home dining experience at Allapatah’s Hometown Barbecue, with craft cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tables start at $500 for parties of two (2). The Moët & Chandon BubbleQ ($250 per person), a legendary event that kicked off the Festival two decades ago, is back for one night only to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of SOBEWFF®. Hosted by none other than Guy Fieri, this signature event seamlessly blends the world of barbecue with free-flowing Moët & Chandon. The event’s second session will take place on Saturday, May 22 at 9 PM and will feature America’s most fearless pitmasters and grill maestros to form a collective of 24 chefs roasting their creations low and slow on the beach. The BBQ Lovers package can be purchased online at:

The Taurus Ribs on the grill
The Taurus – Photo Credit: Blue Shell Media

In honor of National BBQ Month, The Taurus is bringing back Johnnie’s Pit Beef & BBQ, the Maryland-style BBQ pop-up by Chefs Phillip Bryant and Veronica Valdivia. Through the month of May, guests can flock to Coconut Grove to enjoy a rotating selection of BBQ ribs. Every weekend, Johnnie’s will serve up a different style of rib (Memphis Style Spare Rib, Baby Back Ham Ribs, Ribeye Back Ribs, etc.) every Friday-Sunday from 5 PM-11 PM. Diners can pair their BBQ ribs with one of Taurus’ handcrafted cocktails, or enjoy with a beer in hand. Of course, Taurus’ a la carte menu will also be on offer. Johnnie’s Pit Beef & BBQ ribs will be available at The Taurus, located at 3540 Main Hwy c103, Miami. For more information and keep up with the rotating rib selection please visit

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