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Harry's OK-style BBQ

Sunshine Girl | Oct 3, 200502:16 PM

I'm not a BBQ expert. In recent weeks, I've had the VERY vinegary NC-style BBQ, so I could probably tell NC-style from say Texas BBQ. I've watched BBQ specials on the Food Network with devout BBQ fans praising KC-style, Texas BBQ and the rest, but never tasted all of those. I've been to Lucille's and Johnny Rebs and a few other "known for their BBQ" places, and tasted what they have. Note well: this is not due to my own doing, rather, my S.O. LOVES his pulled pork BBQ. But again, I'm no expert. AND, of special note, I never order ribs. Give me pulled pork, tri-tip or chicken, and I'm fine. Ribs - too messy and fatty for me. But I'm not familiar with what differentiates Oklahoma style from KC from Texas-style BBQ. Either way, we guessed it was worth a try.

So this past weekend we decided, upon a recommendation from a sweet couple we met in San Pedro, to search out "Harry's OK-style BBQ." Located on a rather obscure street corner in Lomita (off Narbonne), there was ample parking in the back lot. Then again, it was 4:00 on a Saturday. No sooner had we opened the car doors and you could smell the sweet smells of the smoker. That's always a good thing. We walked into the restaurant, only to see that it wasn't a restaurant - carry out only. The menu was thorough, with everything from ribs to pulled pork to sausage links to tri-tip and more.

We chose the pulled pork sandwich, and "pulled chicken" sandwich, with some cornbread, potato salad and coleslaw.

Pulled pork - so tender, so smokey, and the addition of shredded cabbage was great. Their sauce was great, and my S.O. devoured his. What was interesting was to then go and have a bite of my chicken. While of course the chicken wasn't nearly as tender as the pork, the smoke flavor was about 10x that of the pork. Amazing how much more of the smoke taste it had. Again, the sauce was the best part, and the sandwich was soooooo tasty. The cornbread with honey butter was one of my faves too. The kernels of corn scattered throughout the bread were sweet little morsels of flavor. The potato salad had - I think - olives and sliced gherkins, and was unlike a lot of others I've tasted. Maybe a bit too sweet for me. The coleslaw did not get rave reviews from S.O. I personally don't like coleslaw, and he said that it tasted as though it was made with Miracle Whip. Maybe it was.

The food was prepared promptly, but the little waiting area is quite fascinating, as it features pictures of Harry with all sorts of celebrities from back in the day (Ray Charles, the Temptations, Suzanne Sommers, etc.). All looked to be circa 1975.

Either way, to get such a feast (BIG sandwiches, mind you, each served with one side of your choice), for under $20, served up in under 10 minutes, well, we were quite happy. And the party orders they fill seem to be quite popular as well, and pretty good deals. While I can't swear that this was authentic OK style BBQ (was it really KC style in disguise?), I can say it was good. End of story.


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