Houston's settlers built their city on a barbecue bayou, and for decades their city sunk two feet a year into the smoky, tangy quagmire until they found a solution: drain the swamps of the sauce and slather it on their ribs. Eat your way out of a hungermire with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of barbecue and drinks at Smokin' Jim's House of Barbecue in Auburndale.
Smokin' Jim's House of Barbecue smokes ribs, pork, beef, and chicken and dishes out its menu alongside breads and comfort food side dishes. Juicy ribs celebrate elongated barbecue arts ($11.50 for four ribs), and all-you-can-eat pork ($12.55) tests the limits of human stomachs and the world's supply of cumin. Beef brisket plates ($12.55) and half-chicken plates ($10.45) arrive with a fleet of bread and two sides, such as potato salad, lima beans, or mac 'n' cheese. Partner a tangy entree with sips of a soft drink ($2.25) or beer ($2.75 per glass or $14 for a five-person bucket), which liquidly counterpoint the savory cuisine onslaught. Diners may carry their barbecue bounties away with them, nibble fresh air on the outdoor patio, or park posteriors in the wood-paneled dining room.
Blue Lake Estates
3615 Havendale Blvd.
Auburndale, Florida 33823Get Directions