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BBQ brisket

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anywhere in LA to get some smoked brisket, in the way they do it in Texas. maybe served on some butcher paper, preferably with some pickles on the side as the only side.

don't think this exacts here.

and also anywhere for beef ribs.

The folowing joints need not apply which i've already tried: Phillip's (still great), Dr. Hogly Wogly's, The Swinging Door, spring street smokehouse, lucille's, tasty q, zeke's smokehouse.

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  1. Have you tried Canyon City BBQ in Azusa? They make a pretty mean brisket. They do run out of stuff when it's busy, though.

    Canyon City Barbeque
    347 N San Gabriel Ave, Azusa, CA 91702

    1. have you tried Cecil's? it's on Pico. Pretty amazing.

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      1. re: wideeyedraven

        Pretty amazingly expensive!!!
        Sure the food is good(not extraordinary) and the place itself has a certain cachet to it, but i am sorry, it is NOT worth it unless you have lots of money and you don't mind spending it on undeserving things.

        Go to Baby Blues BBQ in Venice on Lincoln. It is not a place to go to do people watching or be seen, it's dingy and the iced tea sucks, BUT the meats...ooooh the meats.... The sides too are amazing and it's all priced right.


        Baby Blues BBQ
        444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

        1. re: GenevieveCa

          Baby Blues is great but the brisket is a weak point, imo. The meat is moist but comes in little strips like pulled pork. Brisket should be sliced or cut and with some fat. Also, while Baby Blues may not be a people-watching place, there's plenty of eye candy if you're a guy. A friend of mine calls it the Alterna-Hooters...

          PS: Is Cecil's really that much more expensive than dinner at Baby Blue's?

          1. re: wideeyedraven

            I haven't tried the brisket at Cecil's, but I like the St. Louis ribs and the hush puppies. My spare ribs were overcooked the one time I tried them. My question is how much actual smoking (as opposed to grilling) Cecil's does. The chicken, for example, is rotisseried then grilled, so there's minimal smoke flavor. I also haven't seen that telltale pink ring in any of the meat, though I admittedly haven't been looking that closely.

            1. re: a_and_w

              Sorry, that should read, my "baby backs" were overcooked.

          2. Curious what you think of Porky's for brisket. It is smoked all night for the next day. I had pulled pork, baby backs and brisket. GF had golden bird chicken. I was disappointed in the ribs, but enjoyed the pulled and brisket. Link for Porky's is included in this link to a previous discussion.


            1. How about The Pig on La Brea? They have great pulled pork and I think they do brisket as well.

              1. Did you ever try Aaron's at Boneyard Bistro?

                1. I really like the brisket at Kansas City BBQ Company, on Lankershim just south of the 134. I've also enjoyed the sweet potato fries, and they have a very nice, spicy-sweet bbq sauce available. The brisket sandwich, served on Wonder bread, is pretty kick-ass.

                  I agree that Swinging Door doesn't get it done.

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                  1. re: BearCity

                    Porky's is real good. The other best bet is the Western Smokehouse on Overland Avenue a couple of blocks North of Palms. Be sure to try their fabulous mashed potatoes.

                    1. re: Jeryy

                      Skip Mr. Cecil's if you're looking for Texas-style barbeque. If you're looking for smoked brisket on the Westside, I second Western Smokehouse. They do a nice smoked brisket sandwich, sauce on the side. The sides, although hit and miss (coleslaw not great) are homemade and overall, good. Bring Cash.

                      I've tried Mr. Cecil's a couple times. The ribs are good, but the sides are so bad I no longer eat there.

                      I've tried

                      1. re: thericequeen

                        Is Western Smokehouse the place on Overland? When is it open? Everytime I've driven past it's been closed.

                        1. re: VealParmGuy

                          yep, overland right before you reach venice.

                          1. re: kevin

                            Actually about a half mile north of Venice (but "in the neighborhood").

                          2. re: VealParmGuy

                            yes that is the place, they are on the east side of overland a few blocks north of palms.

                            funny thing is that i actually found their fried chicken to much more tastey than their bbq offerings. i'd go back for the fried chicken, but prob not for the bbq.

                            1. re: wilafur

                              Am I just fooled by the bars on the window or do they have special hours?

                      2. re: BearCity

                        I have to agree with BearCity. . . KC BBQ Company and their beef ribs gets that job DONE! (This is my 3rd post today about KC, can't help it, I REALLY liked it)

                        Kansas City BBQ Company
                        4141 Lankershim Blvd
                        Studio City, CA 91602
                        (818) 754-0030

                      3. The Whole Foods in Manhattan Beach has a smokehouse right in the store, and smoke all kinds of meats (and will do free tastings as well). The brisket is amazing, and they trim away all the fat as well. I also recommend asking for a container of their BBQ sauce.

                        Will need to bring your own butcher paper.

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                        1. re: rlknapp1

                          come to think of it I had a little sample there when they opened. it did taste good. I did not know that WF has its own smokehouse. But for me if there is no bulletproof window.. its not BBQ..

                          1. re: rlknapp1

                            Whole Foods is in El Segundo on Sepulveda north of Rosecrans for those looking for it.

                          2. Couldn't say about brisket; wish I could.

                            About ribs, though -- I am NOT a ribs guys. I find the vast majority of them too fatty and overwhelmingly spiced, and they're really messy to eat. A major exception are the ribs at Houstons, which are lean, dry, and delicious. I think I better go get some now.

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                            1. re: Tony Miller

                              The ribs you are looking for Tony are the ones that the Boneyard Bistro serves in Sherman Oaks, just as you described. Could not have described them better. They have two sauces, one medium and one hot, either served on the side but not directly on the ribs themselves.

                              1. re: carter

                                Dr. Hoggly Woggly's ...Roscoe and Sepulveda in Valley.


                              2. re: Tony Miller

                                Just FYI, the ribs at Houston are par-boiled, not smoked.

                              3. I remember reading about a group of CHers and others who did a blind tasting last year, and Phillips came out on the top spot.

                                1. Double Dutch in Culver City


                                  Double Dutch Dinette
                                  9806 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    they have ribs and brisket at the double dutch?????

                                    is that by special order or something? actually never stepped in the joint, too busy with the homemade fresh corned beef hash at s and w country.

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        oh, yeah, just checked the website is it brisket as in texas or as in jewish grandma? or neither?

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          I believe it's more Jewish style brisket (braised not bbq).