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Your favorite barbecue in LA/OC - a poll (no bickering or flames please)

Chris G. | Mar 3, 200311:01 PM

All the banter on barbecue the last few months has been far from productive (where is Stan when you need him). Instead of constructive suggestions about what is good, all I've seen is flames that a particular place sucks, isn't true 'cue, etc.

Let's keep the flames in the smokers (and away from the meat), and instead I'd like to ask you to post on your favorite barbecue places here in the greater L.A./Orange County area. This way people can check out the places other people like and maybe be led to make their own decisions. Please don't diss the opinions of others - if you think a place is better, tell us about it in a positive manner. And please don't tell us that the ones you make at home are the best, unless you want to also post your address, phone number and time you'll be serving all of us (plus six of my biker friends) - and buying the beer (keep in mind that Tuco, the designated driver, will need at least six cases). Please, only post on places you like, and if you feel like it, why.

To get the ball rolling, here are my choices:

-Jay Bee's in Cypress (Knott Ave.); good Memphis-style barbecue; excellent brisket; great beef and pork ribs
-Crenshaw district - always a toss-up and depends on my mood; Woody's for hot links; Leo's for the sauce and the pork ribs; Tasty Q for bbq turkey and sometimes ribs; Philip's when I don't feel like going to Leo's.
-R.I.P. - my favorite L.A. places bit the dust a long time ago (why? did they make millions and retire? not make any money? win the lotto?); Carl's BBQ and Dirty Rice; Dem Bones (great selection of beers, good chili, too); Richard Jones (awesome slow cooked, pink-colored Texas-style ribs that needed no sauce -they're still in the catering business; let's petition them to re-open the restaurant - or pool funds for a 'cue party); Norm Calvin's Rib Factory.

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