The best brisket I have ever had was at Zeke's in Montrose. I agree with the poster that Barn Burner is nothing special.Off the subject slightly but the best baby back ribs I have ever had was at Towehys in San Marino ,it is a coffee shop but periodically they have an all you can eat ribs special that is exceptional.
I have to concur with spankbot on Barn Burner. It's a lot of hype about a lot of nothing. I prefer Big Mamas soul food menu over their BBQ. The fried fish, chicken and greens are 1st rate with me. I also have to rate Robin's BBQ above Big Mamas because I've never had a problem with their meats. I get the Mad Dog sauce because it's not too sweet and it's got a bite. They also make a killer blueberry corn bread, it's great. I always ask for an extra one for the next days breakfast.
I like Dr. Hogly Wogly in the Valley & J&J Burger Shack & BBQ on Adams, 2 blocks east of Fairfax, for brisket. Here is a list of places i have accumulated.
BBQ Places in and around LA, this list was accumulated recently and is by no means accurate. I have not had time to go through it. Please call these places before you go..
Bear Pit Bar-B –que
Benny's BBQ _
Bones Bar-B-Q Shack _
Dr Hogly Wogly’s Texas Barbeque GREAT
Greece’s_Gus's BBQ. _
Hill’s Backyard BBQ Diner_
J&J Burger Shack and BBQ GREAT
Kenny's "Q" _
King's Texas Barbeque _
Leo's Bar-B-Cue GONE
Lucille’s Smokehouse Barbeque_
M&M Soul Food_
My Brother’s Bar-B-Q_
Pecos Bill's Pit B-B-Q_
The Pig _
The Rib Nest GREAT
Robin's Woodfire BBQ and Grill_
Smokin’ Jack’s Kansas City Barbeque. _
Tasty Q GREAT
Tony’s_Walkers Smoke Pit_
Winfrey’s Pit _
Woody's Bar-B-Que _
LBJ's Fine Foods, in extreme north Long Beach, on 6617 Cherry Ave., immediately south of the 91 Fwy._562-422-3606.
Here are the places in Long Beach on Atlantic Ave.:__
Rib Hut (9109 S Central Ave, Watts, (323) 566-1829). Not the best but certainly good.__
El Paso (18938 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, (818) 996-5607). I don't know if you'd call it a BBQ place since it serves a fair variety of other things, but the BBQ ribs are pretty high quality.
The Pit on Vermont Ave. just North of 54th Street.__
I can't remember the name but that church on El Segundo just West of Avalon - my current favorite spot. Only selling on Saturdays and maybe Fridays.
Bam Bam BBQ (Glendora)_
BBQ Pitstop (LA)_
Best in Town Barbeque (LA)_
Big Al's (Woodland Hills)_
Black Rose & Sweet Willie's Bar!!!! (LA - gotta go there this weekend!)_
Cliff's Texas Style Burritos! (Compton)_
Jackson Barbeque (Downey)_
Jones Barbeque (LA)_
Lick-E-Fingers BBQ (Long Beach)_
Long Beach BBQ & Hotwing (Long Beach)_
Ohio New Orleans BBQ (Altadena)_
Old Hickory (Studio City)_
Q Pit (Carson)_
R&W (Long Beach)_
RJ's (Beverly Hills)_
Rattlers (Santa Clarita)_
Santa Maria BBQ Co. (Culver City)_
Smokin' Joe's (Lynwood)_
Speedy & Gwen's Place !!! (LA)_
Whos BBQ (Lakewood)
B&M BBQ (Compton)_)
Bodacious BBQ (Carson, pass by this all the time on the way to Galaxy games)_
D&A's Smokey Pit BBQ (Compton)_
Winfrey's Pit BBQ (Compton)_
BBQ Factory (Rancho Palos Verdes)_
Bill's BBQ House (Montebello)_
Gaffey's (San Pedro - I remember seeing other places in the area as well)_
Huston's (Los Angeles)_
Aunt Jenny's (Hawthorne)_
Earle's (Los Angeles)_
Sammy's (West Hollywood
First, Old Fashion Flavor BBQ Market on Western seems interesting - it gets props from Steve Harvey, who gave them a Hoodie award this year.
Uncle Andre's just west of it at Colfax is better.
Studio Bar-B-Q in N.Hollywood _
Chicago For Ribs by LAX_Rosie's in Northridge_
The Rib Rack in Pacomia_
Big Daddy's in Woodland Hills
Also, Joey's BBQ (Pomona branch).
Hutch's BBQ in Pasadena.
re: Burger Boy
Big Mama's Rib Shack should be added to this list. My GF and I went there on Sunday and we were both really pleased. The BBQ has a great smokeyness to it and their BBQ sauce is really top notch - better than most that I've tried. A lot of places make their sauce too sweet, like Robins and Barn Burners here in Pasadena. Big Mama's is more tangy with a nice spicy kick. I really like Big Mama's blackened catfish and spicy Cajun fries too.
It's appropriate that Barn Burners isn't on your list...