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Spicy Mike’s Bar-B-Q Haven

Mike Havens is new to commercial barbecue, but is learning fast.

Havens’s pork ribs brought a good smokiness to every bite, and each of those bites came away cleanly from the bone. These were some solid pork ribs, if a bit too heavy on the smoke (and I’m a smoke fiend). A few bites of pulled pork lacked the zip of seasoning and smoke found in the other meats.

A side of spicy mac & cheese wasn’t to be toyed with. He roasts jalapeños and green chiles before blending them with Rotel and sautéing it all together. The finished puree gets mixed right into the mac & cheese. It’s one of those dishes that you just have to keep eating lest it burn your tongue off.

City: Amarillo


Method: Wood-fired rotisserie smoker with pecan and hickory

Pitmaster: Mike Havens

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 7028 S Western St., Amarillo, TX, 79110

Hours: Tues-F 11-7, Sat 11-3

Phone: (806) 358-8550

Year Opened: 2012

Last updated: February 17, 2014