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Miami’s Backyard BBQ Reopening Next Week; Co-branding w/ “RaBBi-Q” Soon

Backyard BBQ & Brew had closed after Pesach and has not reopened since, but that is about to change. Rabbi Mendel Segal, award-winning BBQ maven from Kansas City known for running the “RaBBi-Q” pit teams at kosher BBQ competitions, is taking over the kitchen (i.e. the smoker) at Backyard. The restaurant will eventually be co-branding the BBQ joint with RaBBi-Q.

(Side note: Mendel already sells consumer kosher BBQ products under the RaBBi-Q name including a delicious spice rub and BBQ sauce.)

The restaurant’s soft opening is set for the day after Tisha B’Av, Wednesday, August 2nd.

While the menu is currently not finalized for launch yet, the initial limited menu will include items such as:

  • short ribs
  • award-winning pit smoked beans
  • Kansas City smoke
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  • burgers
  • smoked wings
  • Kansas City burnt ends
  • and more

Eventually, the menu will also include smoked fish including Mendel’s candied smoked salmon nuggets.

In addition to a slew of new menu items prepared by a real pit-master, the new version of the restaurant will include a full bar serving beer, wine, and mixed drinks. New TVs are being installed into the BBQ joint as well.

Some of RaBBi-Q’s brisket from a recent BBQ competition

Initially, hours for the restaurant will be 4pm–10:30pm but will expand the hours to include lunch in the near future.

Kashrut for Backyard BBQ & Brew / RaBBi-Q is KM (Kosher Miami).

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Dani Klein

Dani Klein founded YeahThatsKosher in 2008 as a global kosher restaurant & travel resource for the Jewish community.

He is passionate about traveling the world, good kosher food / restaurants, social media & the web, technology, hiking, strategy games, and spending time with his friends & family.


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  • I live in Miami and have used the Rabbi’s rub and wrote a review about it on Amazon and I am so thrilled to be able to go to his new restaurant and taste his brisket etc. so here was my review.
    Mendel’s rub on my brisket was a huge success.
    ByRichard A. Weison November 25, 2016
    Verified Purchase
    Mendel’s BBQ rub was a very excellent and successful experience for all yesterday on Thanksgiving. It is a very finely ground combination of spices with very little salt and a bit of heat. A normal sized spice bottle of Mendel is good for 3 large briskets applied real heavy so cost wise and easy wise and time wise it’s a huge item for all those benefits. Ross said the brisket was equal to the best non kosher he ever had in Texas. Leo and Joe who had my stuff before loved this cook even more. Leo was very complimentary of the burnt ends. Stacy and Becca said they hadn’t eaten meat in years and totally indulged in the brisket. My sister also doesn’t eat meat and I heard from others that she was eating the brisket. And I got raves from 4 more.
    It’s insane to ever again spend the money and time buying all the ingredients sometimes as many as 12 and assembling a rub when I can use yours. Many thanks.