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Best Los Angeles Area Barbecue Restaurants


We've rounded up the best barbecue in LA. Whether it's a pulled pork sandwich on squishy white bread you crave or Texas brisket with a side of coleslaw and sweet tea, try these smokin' spots for the best barbecue around in Los Angeles.

 

Westside
Hollywood/Midtown
Marina Del Rey/Venice
Downtown
San Fernando Valley
San Gabriel Valley/Pasadena

South Bay
Inland Empire

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WESTSIDE

J.R.'s Barbecue
11/20
3055 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
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J.R.'s has built a brisk trade for its smoky, tender baby-back ribs. More...

HOLLYWOOD/MIDTOWN

Bludso's Bar-&-Que Barbecue
13/20
Dining Room at Bludso 609 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

A humble storefront serving well-regarded barbecue in Compton has expanded to La Brea Avenue as a trendy hot-spot with a full bar. More...

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill Barbecue
13/20
Dining Room at Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill, Los Angeles, CA The Grove
189 The Grove Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Barbecue and seafood fans alike will enjoy the authenticity of tri-tip roast and other buttery, grilled treats at Wood Ranch. More...

MARINA DEL REY/VENICE

Baby Blues Bar B Q Barbecue
12/20
Dining Room at Baby Blues Bar  B Q, Venice, CA 444 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
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Unassuming spot for ribs, barbecued chicken, beef brisket and seafood. More...

Morfia's Ribs & Pies Barbecue
13/20
4077 Lincoln Blvd.
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

It’s not much to look at, but what Morfia’s lacks in ambience it makes up for in bold Texas barbecue flavor. More...

DOWNTOWN

Horse Thief Barbecue
Quick Bite
Dining Room at Horse Thief, Los Angeles, CA Grand Central Market
324 S. Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Central Texas-style barbecue at downtown L.A.’s Grand Central Market. More...

Phillips Barbecue
Quick Bite
4307 Leimert Blvd., Ste. 3
Los Angeles, CA 90008
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Take-out is the only option at Phillips but the ribs and beef links are worth the drive. More...

Spring Street Smoke House Barbecue
Quick Bite
640 N. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Authentic Carolina-style barbecue on the fringe of Chinatown near downtown Los Angeles. More...

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

The Bear Pit Barbecue
12/20
Dining Room at The Bear Pit, Mission Hills, CA 10825 Sepulveda Blvd.
Mission Hills, CA 91345
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Since the 1950s, The Bear Pit has maintained a loyal following for its hickory-smoked barbecue, including baby-back ribs and generous sandwiches. More...

Boneyard Bistro Barbecue
13/20
13539 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
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The loud atmosphere shouldn't deter diners from stopping in at this lively bistro that serves up loads of barbecue and ribs. More...

Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler, Texas Barbecue Barbecue
12/20
8136 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA 91402
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Tangy Texas hot links, way-above-average spareribs, tender chicken and juicy beef brisket. More...

Mom's Bar-B-Que House Barbecue
Quick Bite
14062 Vanowen St.
Van Nuys, CA 91405
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Some of the city’s best barbecue. More...

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY/PASADENA

Big Mama's Rib Shack Southern
12/20
1453 N. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91104
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Big Mama's offers a vast menu of barbecue and Southern standards in a smartly set room. More...

Gus's Barbecue Barbecue
12/20
Dining Room at Gus 808 Fair Oaks Ave.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
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Reinvented barbecue classics in South Pasadena. More...

Robin's Woodfire BBQ & Grill Barbecue
13/20
395 N. Rosemead Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
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Pasadena mainstay Robin's serves up some of the area's top barbecue. More...

Zeke's Smokehouse Barbecue
13/20
Dining Room at Zeke 2209 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020
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Top-drawer barbecue in sleepy downtown Montrose. Ribs, Texas brisket and Carolina pulled pork are excellent. More...


SOUTH BAY

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing Gastropub
14/20
Dining Room at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA 210 E. 3rd St.
Long Beach, CA 90802

This Southland gastropub and brewery serves up rare craft beers, haute bar food, and gourmet barbecue. More...

INLAND EMPIRE

Smokey Canyon BBQ Barbecue
12/20
5225 Canyon Crest Dr.
Riverside, CA 92507
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A Missouri couple brings some good ribs to Riverside. More...


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