5/29/2012 05:43:00 PM

5 Best BBQ Spots in LA

Now that summer has officially unofficially arrived, we've got our minds on one thing: ribs. And maybe pulled pork, burnt ends and hot links. Los Angeles may not have its own style of barbecue, but we've got our fair share of delicious 'cue around town. Check out the best, ranked according to your votes, and let us know your favorites in the comments.

9 comments :

  1. I would skip JR's and go straight to Phillips for the real thing. There's also a location on Crenshaw Blvd.

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  2. As for Dr. Hogly Wogly's: Sorry, this is on top of my "Most Overated" barbeque places in L.A. I was appalled by the skimpy portions and the sauces were just average.

    JR's is my favorite but I haven't tried the others on the list besides these two. Scratch the fancy-shmancy place in the Valley, there's no reason to spend uber-bucks on an already expensive treat. My gut instinct says it's all about snob appeal.

    I hear THE BEST barbeque is a place in Watts but I can't remember the name. It's on a lot of "best-of" lists so I'm sure you can find it.

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  3. Not really impressed by JR's, Dr. Hogly Wogly's, or even Phillips. My $ is on Bludso's in Compton. Beside going there a lot I've had 3 events cater by them and people are blown away everytime. Real Texas style brisket in LA.

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  4. Mr. Cecils is great and very unique. Its a true California take on BBQ: soy marinaded meat with a kick ass bbq sauce. Great sides too.

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    1. Unfortunately they've closed down.

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  5. I cannot imagine who thought JR's is good, let alone No.2. I really wanted to like the food; its on my drive home from work, family owned, has a bit of parking, friendly, etc. But two tries, and never again. Even the beans were bad (undercooked). I like Phillips just fine, even if it's a drive. And Baby Blues is surely higher than No.5.

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    1. I also drive a distance to get Phillips and start eat as soon as I drive away. I have eaten Phillips for over 25 years and nothing is better. I go to BBQ competitions often and sample a lot and there is so far none that can touch Phillips.

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  6. Dr. Hoggly's is lame. Even in the photo, you can see they serve bread and butter pickles instead of garlic dills. They just serve up huge portions of bland food with no soul at all. Bludsoe's should have replaced Hoggly on this list, but no Zagat readers go to Compton.
    I like the beans at JRs. I have never been served undercooked beans there and I eat there often. Very nice people and dependable Q.
    JayBee's on Avalon should be on this list too, as well as Woody's in Inglewood.
    Congrats to Phillips. They are the gold standard of BBQ in LA and deserve 1st place.

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  7. I can't speak from experience, but I will speak based on two sets of tastebuds that I trust more than anyone else's I know: my fiance and a friend of ours. If you want good BBQ, hit up Bludso's in Compton.

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