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First ever Chowhound BBQ Taste Test RESULTS

Thi N. | Sep 7, 200101:37 AM

Ladies and gentlemen, I have just returned from the first ever Chowhound BBQ Taste Test. I will try to type now; I can actually barely think or move. There were 17 people, 15 kinds for ribs. *We tasted blind* - locations were announced after votes were taken. People voted on their top 3, the total votes garnered are:

(Votes) - (Name of location)

7 - Jay Bee's

Second Place:
6 - Hot Diggety Dog (Palms & Sepulveda)

Third Place:
5 - M & M Soul (short ribs, Pasadena location)
- Mr. Cecil's
- Tasty Q

4 - Woody's
- Walker's Smoke Pit
- Rib Doctor (caterer, Riverside)
- Rib Ranch
- Leo's, with spicy sauce

3 - Leo's, with mild sauce
- Ribs USA (Glendale)

Last place:
1 - Phillipe's
- Gadberry's
- Tony's

Utter confusion and pandemonium: Phillipe's and Gadberry's, two longtime favorites, come out last. (I will note that Phillipe's was not as good as I remembered it. But maybe that's just blind testing revealing the truth.)

Things of note: note that the spread was pretty even. There might have been some confusion over Jay Bee's - there was both brisket and pork ribs present, and we didn't really sort out between the two in the fat-soaked daze of post-tasting - but voting for it was accompanied by the largest amount of hooting, shouting, and "damn I loved that stuff," so, take it for what you will.

Many utterly split opinions were announced. M&M got raves from some, complaints of "too sweet" from others, "that was my least favorite", from others. Hot Diggety Dog also got strong reactions from multiple directions. These are only examples. I would remember more if my intestinal cells weren't sucking all of the oxygen supply from my brain.


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