Okay, a bunch of foodies got together on Sunday and did a BLIND TASTING of ribs (and only ribs) from the BBQ joints below. We used the standards of the Kansas City BBQ Society which I learned from their class to be certified as a KCBS Judge. We graded on Appearance, Taste and Tenderness on a scale of 1 - 9. We ordered the ribs with sauce on the side and judged them naked first, then spooned on the sauce. This was a rather daunting task to organize, but way too much fun to not do over again next year. I figured our fellow Chowhounds would be interested in the results. So here it is.
1st place – Mom’s
2nd Place - Woody’s
3rd Place Mr. Cecil’s which is surprising, because they do not smoke their ribs.
They were selected by recommendations from this site, Yelp and word of mouth from the 16 participants. To receive a score of “9” it had to be a rib you want to drive miles to eat. A “5” was a rib that is a block from your house and you don’t feel like cookin’. Less than that meant they were barely acceptable. None of the places were real duds. All of them were at least “good”.
See the scores below.
Mom’s BBQ Score 272
1050 W Imperial Hwy L.A. (323) 756-8405
3446 Slauson L.A (323) 294-9443
Mr Cecil’s 247
12244 W Pico Blvd, 310-442-1550
15915 S. Avalon Blvd (310) 532-1064
Adams & Crenshasw 323-292-7613
JnJ Burger Shack 223
5754 W Adams Bl (310) 532-1064
Rib Nest 218
1766 W. El Segundo Blvd. Gardena 310 329-6378
Abby was there to take photos which will be posted in a day two.