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LBQ BQ in Long Beach

SoCalMuncher | Feb 28, 2007 01:29 PM

Went there yesterday, a tiny, tiny place just south of MLK and PCH in Long Beach.
Because of the size and the fact that the close about 8, I decided to have my order to go.
I opted for a combo platter which consisted of 3 meats and two sides as well as 2 slices of bread (whatever!) for $12.95. Considering that I'll almost spend that for a turkeyburger, onion rings and a drink at FatBrger, that's quite a deal! They were out of beef ribs, so I ordered beef short ribs and a double order of pork ribs (was in a ribs mood) and a double order of beans as they were recommended in previous posts. I requested the sauce on the side as I wanted to taste the meat before adding sauce. For $12.95, that comes to a lot of bbq .... but is it any good?
The beef short ribs very meaty and had some fat on them, but I wouldn't consider them terribly fatty. The meat was soft but still held to the bone - I prefer my bbq with some toothiness, instead of the fall-off-the-bone variety. Have to say, though, at the first bite, the smokiness nearly knocked me back! After a few bites, it was easy to get used to, but I didnt know that meat could take that much smoke - do they use liquid smoke in their seasoning? Whatever, the addition of a tiny bit of sauce toned it down to make for some very good eating.
The pork ribs were rather long and meaty had a wide band of pink in the cross-section. A few of the pieces had a section (about half of the rib) where the top crust was a bit leathery, but a minor issue. Good smoke and very good flavor.
The beans were good, not too terribly sweet with quite a bit of meat in it.
All in all, I think this is some really good bbq - it suits my taste really well and it 's a lot closer to home the Philip's or Hoggly Wooggly's.

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