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Best of BBQ in So Cal

Best Bar-B-Que in California

Interesting point to remember, when selecting a good BBQ restaurant. You want to go to a busy restaurant even if you have to wait 30 minutes or longer. This is a good sign and a guarantee that you will get freshly made BBQ. This list of BBQ places was requested by our friends, Richard and Evelyn Olague.

Anaheim, CA

Blake’s Place

2905 E Miraloma Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806

(714) 630-8574
www.blakesplacebbq.com

Comments: Blake’s prepares their BBQ in a wood-burning barbecue pits. The meats are slow cooked for up to 16 hours. Try the “beast sandwich” slow cooked pull pork sandwich, chicken, brisket, cole slaw all together in an oversize fresh bakes bun. Check out the website for more great menu items.

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Bellflower, CA

Hambone’s BBQ and Po Boy Sandwiches

9342 Alondra Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

(562) 920-1090 / http://www.hambonesbbq.com/

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Johnny Rebs’ Southern Roadhouse

16639 Bellflower, CA 90706

(562) 866.6455 / http://johnnyrebs.com

Comments: his restaurant is more than just another soul food place. Everything on the menu is prepared in house. Some of the Specials include: biscuits, cornbread, catfish, collard greens, Peach Cobbler, hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, Fried Okra, Fried chicken, BBQ ribs, and much more.

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Brea, CA

Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ

1639 E. Imperial Highway

Brea, CA 92821

Phone: 714-990-4944 / http://www.lucillesbbq.com/locations/brea

Comments: Lucille's puts savory barbecue front and center, even in salads. At Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, the restaurant is jammed just about every night with family groups, hungry for a feed of fried okra, fried green tomatoes, fried green tomatoes and long-cooked, smoky meats

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Burbank, CA

Ribs USA

2711 West Olive Avenue. Burbank, CA

(818) 841-8872 / www.ribsusa.com

Comments: The ribs pull pork, and sweet potato pies are still the favorites. Some things have changes but the food is still good and the price is average.

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Chino, CA

Joey’s BBQ

3689 Riverside Drive, Chino, CA 91710

(909) 628-1231 / www.joeysbbq.com

Comments: This is the only place where I order beef ribs, they are always meaty and cooked to perfection. The St Louis baby back ribs, chicken, links, brisket are good too! If you go during lunch, dinner or on the weekends expect to wait 10-30 minutes, it’s worth every minute. The garlic bread could be a meal with a side of brisket. They have all the extras including corn on the cob, homemade chips and baked black beans.

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Compton, CA

Bludso’s BBQ ****

811 South Long Beach Boulevard Compton, CA 90221

(310) 637-1342 / www.bludsosbbq.com

Comments: This is Texas style BBQ at its best. Many say this is the best BBQ in Los Angeles area. The meats include ribs, brisket, rib tips, chicken, sliced beef and hot links. Some of the favorite sides are the mac n cheese, potato salad, BBQ beans and more. Save some room for the red velvet cake.

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Costa Mesa, CA

BBQ Two 20

560 Superior Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 631-4227 / http://bbq220.com/

Comments: A great selection of BBQ sandwiches for $8. The BBQ pulled pork, Louisiana hot links, beef brisket, and chicken, are all great and can be ordered as meals or a la cart sides. Mac & Cheese, cole slaw, and beans are all good.

Beach Pit BBQ

1676 Tustin Ave

Costa Mesa, CA 92627

(949) 645-7427 / http://www.beachpitbbq.com

Comments: Must order the ribs, and pull pork on your first visit. The chicken and brisket are equally good so it’s a matter of choice. The blueberry cornbread and the jalapeno cornbread are great. This place is a meat lovers paradise.

Naples Rib Company

2196 Harbor Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA

(949) 631-2110 / http://www.ribcompany.com

Comments: Newport Rib Company and Naples Rib Company offer a complete selection of aged Midwestern corn-fed USDA choice steaks and prime rib, fresh grilled swordfish, chicken, fresh salads and sandwiches.

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Culver City, CA

J.R.'s

3055 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

310-837-6838

Comments: The baby back ribs are smoked to perfection, the best in town. The selection of side dishes includes greens, corn muffins and more. Save room for the sock it to me cake.

Dana Point, CA

Smokey’s House of BBQ

32860 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629

(949) 388-8102 /
smokeyshouseofbbqdanapoint.com

Comments: Try the signature dish – Smokey’s Skillet Cornbread – consisting of cornbread seasoned with onions, jalapeños and cheddar cheese. Other great item smoked chicken, pulled pork or Texas-style beef brisket. Another favorite is the Georgia Pulled Pork Po’ Boy – pork roast slowly smoked

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El Segundo, CA

Britt’s BBQ

408 Main St

El Segundo, CA 90245

Neighborhood: El Segundo

(310) 640-0408 / http://www.brittsbbqonline.com

Comments: All the BBQ meats are good. We recommend you try the chili mac. Another suggestion is the combos can it comes with a half rack of baby backs, 1//4 chicken, three lunches for under $40 with drink tip.

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Fresno, CA

Watts Family Restaurant

1448 N Blackstone Ave., Fresno, CA 93703

(559) 268-6800 / www.wattsfamilygrill.com

Comments: Great place to watch sports (7 Widescreens) and eat great soul food. They specialize in Chicken and Waffles. They serve BBQ ribs, pulled pork, tri-tip, hot links, and chicken, with all the great side dishes.

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Gardena, CA

Jay Bee’s House of Fine BAR -B- Que

15911 S Avalon Blvd, Gardena, CA 90247

(310) 532-1064 / http://www.jaybeesbbq.com

Comments: There is no dine-in, it’s a take out, and they do have a couple of picnic tables outside. A few of the favorites include Pull Pork sandwiches, and the chicken too.

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Fountain Valley, CA

Stonefire Grill

18727 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

(714) 968-8300 / http://www.stonefiregrill.com

Comments: Great BBQ and good prices, most meals include salad and bread sticks for under $8, this is much better than fast food. Recommend you try the brisket or a combo with meat and chicken. Save room for the carrot cake and extra bread sticks.

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Fullerton, CA

Big B’s Barbecue

1948 N Placentia Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831

(714) 528-7427 /
www.bigbsbbq.com

Comments: A great and inexpensive BBQ place near the Fullerton College campus. For over 25 years Big B’s has been serving comfort foods at affordable prices. Everything from Fresh Fried Zucchini, Buffalo Wings and Jalapeño Poppers; to sandwiches such as Pulled Pork Sliders and BBQ Beef, to charbroiled Pork Baby Back Rib Dinners that include three kinds of homemade beans blended with bacon and jalapeños.

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Hermosa Beach, CA

Pinkie’s BBQ

502 Pacific Coast Hwy

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

(310) 379-0616 / http://www.PinkiesBBQ.com

Comments: 5 Stars for their dry rub baby back ribs, fresh collar greens and fresh mashed potatoes.

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Huntington Beach, CA

BT’s Southern BBQ

7144 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

(714) 841-7016 / http://www.bts-bbq.com

Comments: Small restaurant big taste. Great BBQ ribs and they also serve a chili Ortega Mac & Cheese and it’s great! The pull pork and spicy beans are all good too.

Lou’s Red Oak BBQ Grill

21501 Brookhurst St. Ste. D

Huntington Beach, CA 92646

(714) 965-5200 / http://www.lousbbq.com

Comments: The Tri-Tip Combo with pulled BBQ Beef and ribs are a big hit. Another suggestion is the BBQ chicken salad and the pretzel bites. Great Tropical ice tea too.

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Lake Forest, CA

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

23760 El Toro Rd

Lake Forest, CA 92630

(949) 581-7427 / http://www.lucillesbbq.com

Comments: Lucille's puts savory barbecue front and center, even in salads. At Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, the restaurant is jammed just about every night with family groups, hungry for a feed of fried okra, fried green tomatoes, fried green tomatoes and long-cooked, smoky meats

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Lemon Grove, CA

Coops West Texas Barbeque

2625 Lemon Grove Ave., Lemon Grove, CA 91945

(619) 589-0478 / ww.coopsbbq.com

Comments: All the regular BBQ meats plus, sweet potato pie, buttermilk pie, and peach cobbler.

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Long Beach, CA

Honey Kettle

2600 East Alondra Boulevard Compton, CA 90221

(310) 638-7871 / www.honeykettle.com

Comments: Great fried chicken and the biscuits are home too.

Famous Dave’s

300 South Pine, Long Beach, CA

(562) 436-9260 / http://www.famousdaves.com

Comments: Great BBQ chicken, ribs, pork, and more. Every table has at least six different styles of BBQ sauce to select so you could change the flavor of every bite. LARGE SELECTION OF SIDE DISHES AND DESSERTS

Johnny Rebs’ Southern Roadhouse

4663 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805

(562) 423.7327 / http://johnnyrebs.com

Comments: This restaurant is more than just another restaurant. Everything on the menu is prepared in house. Some of the Specials include: biscuits, cornbread, catfish, collard greens, Peach Cobbler, hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, Fried Okra, Fried chicken, ribs, and much more.

Naples Rib Company

5800 East 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA

(562) 439-7427 / http://www.ribcompany.com

Comments: Newport Rib Company and Naples Rib Company offer a complete selection of aged Midwestern corn-fed USDA choice steaks and prime rib, fresh grilled swordfish, chicken, fresh salads and sandwiches.

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Los Angeles, CA

J ”n” J Burger & Bar-b-Que

5754 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles,

(323) 933-7366

Comments: Don’t look for a large sit down restaurant, it’s a small “shack” that serves a Texas style BBQ, the meats are smoked the old fashion way and cooked to perfection. They serve sliced beef, pork ribs, chicken, hot links, chicken sausage, pulled pork and more. Jay Nelson Jr says the secrete to his great BBQ is the wood used to smoke the meats (oak, hickory and pecan wood).

Bertha’s Soul Food

1714 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

(323) 777-3373 /

Comments: Fried chicken, short ribs, creamed corn, macaroni cheese, grits, collard greens and all the trimmings.

Bigmistra’s Barbecue

3250 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90039

(562) 423-4244 / www.bigmista.com

Comments: Good BBQ recommend the brisket, tender and tasty.

Mom’s Bar -B- Que

1050 W Imperial Hwy

Los Angeles, CA 90044

(323) 756-8405

Comments: Another great Take-Out only place in Los Angeles. You will love the brisket, ribs and pull pork. I you like a little spice just ask for the spicy sauce. Don’t forget to take a few pieces of sweet potato pie.

Outdoor Barbecue

12630 Washington Place, Los Angeles, CA 90066

(310) 636-4745 / www.theoutdoorgrill.com

Comments: Our menu was created from our own tried and true recipes. From salad dressings and marinades to our famous BBQ sauce, we prepare food like we’re cooking for family. Come join us!

Phillips

2619 Crenshaw Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90016

Neighborhood: Mid-City

(323) 731-4772

http://www.myspace.com/phillipsbbq

Comments: Good food, recommend you try the rib tips, chicken and red velvet cakes.

Phillips Bar-B-Que

4307 South Leimert Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90008

(323) 292-7613

Comments: This place is Rib Heaven. Good food, recommend you try the ribs tips, chicken and red velvet cakes.

Randolph’s Smoke House

8472 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90001

(323) 587-9698

Spring Street Smokehouse

640 N. SPRING ST., LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

213-626-053 / http://www.sssmokehouse.com

Comments: The meat is wonderfully dense and smoky and includes all the favorites you can expect: beef and pork ribs, Texas hot links, brisket, even deep fried turkey. The down-home sides of greens, beans and cornbread round out a truly authentic BBQ experience.

The Parks Finest Barbecue Restaurant

1267 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA

(213) 481-2800 / http://theparksfinest.com

Comments: Not quite like Southern BBQ rib shacks nor traditional Filipino fiesta food. This is BBQ born from the backyards of Southern California boogies. 50% Mom. 50% Pop. 100% L.A. Great BBQ and endless desserts like Flan, Choose from Chocolate, Vanilla, Coconut, Purple Yam, Cornbread and Bibingka Bread Pudding.

Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill

189 The Grove Drive, (Y-80 The Grove)

Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 937-6800 / www.woodranch.com

Comments: Great place to eat and have fun.

Woody’s Bar-B-Que

3446 West Slauson Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90043

(323) 294-9443 / www.woodysbarbquela.com

Comments: This is one of the best BBQ places in Los Angeles

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Manhattan Beach, CA

Johnny Memphis Smokehouse Barbeque

3564 North Sepulveda Blvd

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Neighborhood: Manhattan Beach

(310) 563-9072 / http://jmsbbq.com/

Comments: A great sweet BBQ sauce that goes good on chicken, beef or pork. The place is small but there is outdoor seating. It was Joey’s BBQ when it was owned by Laker Luke Walton.

Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs

1209 Highland Ave.

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

310-546-5400 / www.mrcecilscaliforniaribs.com

Comments: Mr. Cecil’s award winning ribs are worth the drive from any place in California. The St Louis-style ribs and smoked brisket are great with baked beans, hushpuppies and cole slaw.

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Mission Hills, CA

The Bear Pit

10825 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91345

(818) 365-2500

Comments: If you like hickory smoked BBBQ, you will love the Bear Pit. They serve the best hickory-smoked barbecue baby-back ribs and generous sandwiches.

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Montrose, CA

Zeke’s Smokehouse

2209 Honolulu Ave., Montrose, CA 91020

818-957-7045 / http://www.zekessmokehouse.com

Comments: Zeke’s offers Texas style brisket, Memphis style ribs and Carolina pull pork, and you get it all here! In addition they serve fried chicken, Southern fried catfish, and Zeke’s Meatloaf with mash potatoes and collard greens. Don’t forget to ask for a sample of their Smokehouse Chili, it’s the best!

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Moreno Valley, CA

Goggs Gourmet Grill

12625 Fredericks St. E-9, Moreno Valley, CA 92555

(951) 653-1353 / http://www.hoggsgrill.com/home.htm

Comments: Located in the Towngate center, The menu includes succulent pulled pork sandwiches, lean tasty chicken sandwiches, and a full range of fall off the bone tender smoked meats including chicken, pork, ribs, tri-tip and more.

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Orange, CA

Beach Pit Barbecue

128 N Glassell St
Orange, CA 92866

(714) 583-7613 / www.beachpitbbq.com

Comments: This is one of three locations in Orange County. The BBQ is North Carolina style, and they serve barbecue meats like pulled pork, beef brisket, turkey breast, pulled chicken and smoked sausage. Sides include smoked veggies, BBQ baked beans, sweet potato fries and blueberry cornbread.

Johnny Rebs’ Southern Roadhouse

940 East Chapman Avenue, Orange

(714) 633-3369 / http://johnnyrebs.com

Comments: This restaurant is more than just another restaurant. Everything on the menu is prepared in house. Some of the Specials include: biscuits, cornbread, catfish, collard greens, Peach Cobbler, hushpuppies, fried green tomatoes, Fried Okra, Fried chicken, ribs, and much more.

Newport Rib Company

2196 Harbor Boulevard, Costa Mesa

(949) 631-2110 / www.ribcompany.com

Comments: Ribs, Ribs, Ribs, they are great. From the sauce to the meat it’s al good.

The Tulsa Rib Company

954 N Tustin Ave
Orange, CA 92867

(714) 633-3760 /
www.tulsarib.com

Comments: Elmer Dill and other food critics voted this place the best BBQ restaurant in the OC; they have been in business for over 30 years. The barbecue grill, Baby Back Ribs, Barbecue Chicken and Short Ribs are just a few of the many choices. We recommend you try the Tulsa Triple Combo, which comes with baby back ribs, one half pound of chicken and your choice of sausage.

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Rancho Cucamonga. CA

Dickey’s BBQ

9670 Haven Ave, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

(909) 477-4555 / http://www.dickeys.com/

Comments: Good Bar-B-Que

Famous Dave’s

11470 E 4th St, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

(909) 481-2271 / http://www.famousdaves.com/

Comments: Great BBQ chicken, ribs, pork, and more. Every table has at least six different styles of BBQ sauce to select so you could change the flavor of every bite. LARGE SELECTION OF SIDE DISHES AND DESSERTS.

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Redlands, CA

Famous Dave’s

27500 W Lugonia Ave, Redlands, CA 92374

(909) 792-4151 / http://www.famousdaves.com

Comments: Great BBQ chicken, ribs, pork, and more. Every table has at least six different styles of BBQ sauce to select so you could change the flavor of every bite. LARGE SELECTION OF SIDE DISHES AND DESSERTS.

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Riverside, CA

Smokey Canyon Barbecue

5225 Canyon Crest Dr., Suite 9

Riverside, CA 92507

(951) 782-8808 /

Comments: Juicy ribs, salads. BBQ sandwiches, Southwest Turkey burgers, and they have a great breakfast menu too!

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Santa Ana, CA

Burrell’s BBQ

305 N Hesperian St

Santa Ana, CA 92703

(714) 547-7441

Comments: Good Southern home cooking. Get in line and wait for some good BBQ to be served. There is a nice little garden out back where you can eat your meal. The best way to explain this place you order your food in an opening of a covered garage, and you eat in the backyard. The place is located in a residential area.

Famous Dave’s

3608 S Bristol St, Santa Ana, CA 92704

(714) 957-1857 / http://www.famousdaves.com

Comments: Great BBQ chicken, ribs, pork, and more. Every table has at least six different styles of BBQ sauce to select so you could change the flavor of every bite. LARGE SELECTION OF SIDE DISHES AND DESSERTS.

Richard Jones Pit Catering (NOT A RESTAURANT)

3500 W Moore Ave, Ste K

Santa Ana, CA 92704

(714) 662-6868 / http://www.richardjonespitbbq.com

Comments: Richard serves award winning Texas style wood burning BBQ. You give him the location of your event and he arrives with his smoke trailer and all the meats and sides.

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San Clemente, CA

Bad to the Bone BBQ

107 Via Pico Plaza, San Clemente

(949) 361-9132 / www.badtothebone-bbq.com

Comments: Slow cooked meats are cooked from 7 to 22 hours, the ribs, brisket, and pull pork are cooked to perfection. Music on the weekends at this location.

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San Diego

BBQ House

5025 Newport Avenue, San Diego, CA

(619) 222-431 / www.bbqhouseob.com

Comments: Another favorite in the San Diego area. Nice restaurant, good food and good prices. Recommend the pull pork on Kaiser roll with fried onions. Southern style cooking.

Kansas City Barbeque

600 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA

(619) 231-9680 / www.kcbbq.net

Comments: Great KC BBQ and the Mac & Cheese are real good. Some of the favorites include the pull pork, ribs, and crispy onion rings. The patio is a fun place to hang out and eat on a cool day.

Phil’s BBQ

3750 Sports Arena Boulevard, San Diego, CA

(619) 226-6333 / www.philsbbq.net

Comments: This is one of the best in San Diego. Phil’s is a walk up and order then you find your table, and for the next few minutes you just sit a watch the trays of ribs and pork and chicken pass by and when your food arrives you are so ready to get down to business. GREAT BBQ.

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San Juan Capistrano

Bad to the Bone BBQ

31738 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano

(949) 218-0227 / www.badtothebone-bbq.com

Comments: Slow cooked meats are cooked from 7 to 22 hours, the ribs, brisket, and pull pork are cooked to perfection

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Sherman Oaks, CA

Boneyard Bistro

13539 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

(818) 906-7427

Comments: This is a fun loud place with great BBQ ribs and more.

Smoke City Market

5242 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks.

(818) 855-1280

Comments: Texas style BBQ, everything from ribs, brisket, chicken, links to pork ribs and pill pork and more

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South Pasadena, CA

Gus’s Barbecue

808 Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030

626-799-3251

Comments: This is one of those place you keep coming back to over and over again. Great BBQ.

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Torrance, CA

Joey’s Smoking Bar-B-Que

25308 Crenshaw Blvd

Torrance, CA 90505

(310) 257-1324 / http://www.getmesomebbq.com

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Tustin, CA

Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ

2933 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782

(714) 544-4106 / www.joeyssmokinbbqtustin.com

Comments: Ribs are good and the sweet potato fries are cooked just right. Where else can you get a ¼ chicken with one side for under $5.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

2550 Park Ave, Tustin, CA 92782

(714) 259-1227 / www.lucillebbq.com

Comments: Lucille's puts savory barbecue front and center, even in salads. At Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, the restaurant is jammed just about every night with family groups, hungry for a feed of fried okra, fried green tomatoes, fried green tomatoes and long-cooked, smoky meats

The Tulsa Rib Company

954 N. Tustin Ave., Orange

714-633-3760 / http://www.tulsarib.com

Comments: They have been serving Southern California for over 31 years. The name tells it all, order the best Ribs in the OC.

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Van Nuys, CA

Dr. Hogly Wogly Tyler, Texas Barbecue

8136 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91402

818-780-6701

Comments: Defiantly one of the best in the area. Their ribs, chicken, hot links, and beef brisket are cooked to perfection.

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Venice Beach, CA

Baby Blues Bar B Q

444 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

310-396-7675

Comments: This place has it all spot for ribs, barbecued chicken, beef brisket and seafood too.

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West Hollywood, CA

Baby Blues BBQ

7953 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood

(323) 656-1277 / www.babyblueswh.com

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