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A comparative analysis: 3 LA rib joints

twofer | Oct 13, 200212:33 AM

On a recent weekend, on some now forgotten errand, we decided to begin our own research into LA BBQ. Equipped only with a small car, a large dog, and the hounds recommendations for ribs, we headed down Crenshaw.
The plan was to be scientific, ala Stan, but once the smell of smoke entwined itself into our hair, all that was forgotten. Heading back home were three bags of takeout, two woozy humans and an ecstatic dog. The cat was waiting enthusiastically on the door step. Tearing into all three bags, we promised ourselves to be scientific, take good notes and be completely analytical. Maybe it was the cat leaping into our laps, or the dog lunging at the floor with each slip of greasy, sauce soaked fingers, but we can’t read our notes, what with the red stains and the hurried handwriting. (We had eating to do) Next time we’ll do better!

As best we can recall, -The results:

Very professional, printed menus!
Links- HOT!
Pork ribs -Oh MY!
Beef ribs- Meaty and tender
Sauce- subtle, hot, not intrusive, meat is king
Sides- Average beans, standard potato salad- vegetable lover disappointed
Summary: These folks know their Q

great chatty crowd in parking lot
Short ribs -flavorful
beef ribs- juicy, not exceptionally tender
Sauce- strong tomato taste, spicy!
Sides -beans complex, if sweet, Slaw, sweet, ordinary
Summary- A former favorite, remembered as being better

Tasty Q
Actual seats and tables
Links-good smoke flavor, complex spicing
Pork ribs- flavorful and tender, don’t need no fork to eat this pork!
Sides- interesting spicing, but perhaps based on commercially prepared, a near miss
Sauce- wonderfully complex, warm, earthy with a peanut note, nice heat
Summary- Very interesting, worthy of another visit

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