Clewiston, Florida: Old South BBQ Ranch (Gone)

Fondly recalled barbeque tourist attraction.

Was in the general vicinity of the KFC on Route 27--on the other side of the street.

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Old South Barbecue Ranch

I recall stopping there numerous times when I was a kid in the sixties and seventies. My favorites were the pickles and the Mountain Dew!

[Jim Lewis, 03/28/2019]
Old South Barbecue Ranch

I grew up in Clewiston in the 1980s. As a kid this was the most amazing place. My parents were beekeepers, so they sold their honey to this place. The barbecue was delicious, and getting to play on all the statues outside was a bonus. I also remember seeing a player piano for the first time here. I'm so sad to see that it is gone.

[Terra, 02/27/2017]
Old South Bar-B-Q Ranch

It was a great restaurant that had billboards throughout South Florida advertising "Cold Beer."

[Tampadave, 04/11/2016]
Old South BBQ

Boy, this was the place. Every time we would go fishing on Lake Okeechobee we would stop at the Ranch for lunch on our way home. IT WAS THE BEST! I still have great memories of it and these trips took place over 30 years ago. I am actually starting to cry now that I found out it is gone! We used to climb on the fiberglass horses and cows and play on their outside decor forever and the food was great too. This was the type of place that knew how to do it right! Goodbye Old South BBQ, you will be truly missed!

[Kathryn Krishon Mongeon, 11/25/2012]
Old South BBQ Ranch - Vague Recollections

My family moved to Clewiston in 1960 from Alabama, and lived there for 8 years (through 6th grade). I still have friends there and see them a few times a year. As a child I loved to eat at the Ranch. The Q at the Ranch was the best I have ever had. Remembering back to the times when every BBQ place you went into smelled of cooking meats. It's the main ingredient that's left out of BBQ joints today; you never smell the cooking that's going on. This place had all of that plus an outside ambience beyond description. The roadside signs started 50 miles north of Clewiston on HWY 27. I knew that we were almost home when we started seeing the signs.

My friends say the Clewiston Inn does not even come close to the old place. What a shame.

[George, 12/29/2011]

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