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Best Barbecue In Los Angeles

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Little complements a warm sunny afternoon better than some killer barbecue. And in a city where such afternoons come so frequently, the need for BBQ is constant. Here are some of the best go-to spots for a dose of delicious smoky meats.

Bigmista's Barbecue
Bigmista's barbecue. (credit:

Bigmista's Barbecue

3250 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(562) 423-4244

Neil Strawder, the big mister behind Bigmista's, famously learned the tricks of his smoking trade by seeking tips and recipes on the online BBQ Bretheren Forum. Now each week at farmer's markets around the city, he shares his acquired proficiency in pork and his brilliance with brisket. And while he may owe some of his smoking skills to the folks he met online, his signature "pig candy" (sweet, earthy bacon bites) and the moink balls (bacon wrapped meat balls) prove that the Bigmista is a true barbecue master.

JNJ Burger & Bar-b-que
Some of the tasty fare from JNJ. (credit:

J N J Burger and Bar-B-Q

5754 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90016
(323) 933-7366

>Dining at plastic chairs and tables on the makeshift gravel patio at this friendly Culver City shack gives the barbecue experience its appropriate fun, easy feel. More importantly, it gives fans the leeway to get as messy as necessary as they dive into the fall-off-the-bone beef ribs, juicy barbecue chicken, and hearty, sweet baked beans.

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Kansas City BBQ Company

10863 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 754-0030

Kansas City is known for its paprika-heavy dry rub barbecue and tangy tomato based sauce, and this North Hollywood bastion of KC-style BBQ doesn't disappoint. The down-home style joint serves up all the requisite favorites including burnt end sandwiches, dry rubbed baby back and beef ribs, and succulent, tender brisket, alongside meat-rich baked beans and sweet potato fries.

Park's Barbeque
'Kobe' style beef from Park's Barbeque. (credit:

Park's Barbeque

955 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 380-1717

It may be more South Korea than South Carolina, but no list of L.A. barbecue would be complete without firing up the table top grill for some seasoned galbi with a side of kimchi pancake. In its sleek Koreatown location, Park's is pricier than its brethren, but with superb cuts of Kobe beef, famously tender pork belly, and all the Korean fixins (fried makerel, rice, and kimchi), it's well worth it.

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Phillips Barbecue

4307 S Leimert Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 292-7613

For those who find glitzed out, fancy-schmancy barbecue suspect, Phillips offers the perfect remedy. Hidden in an unassuming mini-mall near Leimert Park, the tiny BBQ joint is ostensibly take out only. But because fans can't wait to sink their teeth into juicy ribs, crispy tender ends, and sliced tri-tip, all slathered in a piquant vinegary, tomato sauce (including a fiery extra hot version), the place often feels like an old-fashioned drive-in, as the ravenous dine a la car.

Katie Robbins is an L.A.-based freelance writer, focusing on food and culture. Check out her website
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