Sweet Dewey’s Coming to Boca


Where there’s smoke, there’s barbecue. And with the recent debuts of Dickey’s in Boca and the stellar Smoke in downtown Delray, there’s been plenty of smoky, long ‘n’ slow-cooked ‘cue for local barbecue aficionados.

Come December, you can add one more: Sweet Dewey’s (9181 Glades Road, 561/488-9688). The West Boca barbecue joint is the project of chef Dwayne “Dewey” Hooper, whose culinary ties to the area go back to kitchen stints at St. Andrew’s Country Club and Boca’s Polo Club.

Hooper’s diminutive eatery will feature 35 seats with indoor and outdoor dining areas, plus takeout, catering and a kiddie menu. Many of the dishes will recreate those of the chef’s Mississippi-raised mother and grandmother, as well as a handful of lighter-style and vegetarian dishes.

For barbecueballs, who sneer at all that lighter and vegetarian stuff, Sweet Dewey’s will offer all the slow-smoked favorites, from St. Louis and baby back ribs to pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken. Not quite so typical offerings will include barbecued veal brisket, turkey chili and cedar-planked salmon.

Hooper, who developed and then sold a barbecue sauce company, has come up with a quintet of sauces for his new venture, from traditional and Buffalo to mustard and blueberry.