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Bulletproof BBQ theory

Professor Salt | Oct 28, 200510:53 PM

The thread about Jaybee's below got me thinking. While the best barbecue is found in its native habitat down South, there are exceptions like Mike Mills' restaurants in Illinois and Vegas [ed - see the writeups of these places on my blog].

We can get pretty good examples in Southern California, too. Folks from the Chowhound board held a BBQ taste off 2 or 3 years ago. From the local contenders, I liked the ribs that Sandra brought from Rib Nest. Joe H flew in a Texas ringer: brisket from Black's in Lockhart, voted as the best cue by a large margin.

My favorite places around these parts are all in Los Angeles. None in Orange County. For example:

Rib Nest: terrific pork ribs served from behind bulletproof glass.
Phillip's (original Leimert Park location): terrific pork ribs served from behind bulletproof glass.
Woody's: terrific pork ribs served from behind bulletproof glass.
Bad 2 Da Bone: terrific pork ribs and brisket served from behind bulletproof glass.
Jaybee's (original location, on Avalon Blvd): terrific beef ribs served from behind bulletproof glass.

I'm led by these observations that your odds of finding great local BBQ increases exponentially at a shop shielded behind thick, ballistic acrylic. Try these and draw your own conclusions:

Rib Nest
1766 W. El Segundo Blvd.
Gardena, CA

4307 Leimert Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
2619 S. Crenshaw Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

3446 Slauson
Los Angeles
475 S. Market St.
Inglewood, CA

Bad 2 Da Bone
4565 W. Century Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Jaybees BBQ
15915 S. Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA


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