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amazing bbq in the pasadena area

help....need extremely amazing bbq in the pasadena area...any recommendations?

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  1. There isn't any really amazing BBQ in the Pasadena area. But I like Big Mama's Rib Shack on N. Lake.


    WARNING: Barn Burner on Fair Oaks is a complete disaster - the people running that place don't know what BBQ is.

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    1. re: Kevitivity

      Other people here have mentioned Big Mama's as a good option so we tried it a few months back and were very pleased. Their sauces are good too.

      1. re: Kevitivity

        IMO, the beef ribs at Barn Burner are always [surprisingly] jaw-droppingly good. But everything else is eh.

      2. We always go to Montrose for Zeke's. Order ahead, get to go. Or eat there. It's way better than Big Mama's and (gag) Barn Burner.

        1. I like Robin's. I also hear that Gus' BBQ was bought by the guys from Tops Burgers, but I am not sure if its re-opened yet.

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          1. re: mbh65

            No, Gus's hasn't reopened yet, but I think it's going to be more of an upscale burger and beer place with a few barbecue items.
            There's some info on the website.

          2. There's a new place I wrote about awhile ago. Beans BBQ on Fair Oaks and Montana, one block south of Woodbury. Good ribs, and better than anything else in the area in my opinion.

            1. Hey jmulheim,

              Per your request of "extremely amazing bbq" in Pasadena: Sorry, there is none. Just bear down and drive the extra ~30 minutes to the great BBQ in L.A. / Westside if it must be "extremely amazing." :)

              1. We like Hutch's BBQ on Walnut near Los Robles in Pasadena, but I wouldn't describe it as AMAZING. But it's better than Big Mama's -- Hutch's big beef ribs are juicy, Big Mama's are dry.

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                1. re: chowchow12345678

                  I recently had the pulled pork at Hutch's and I was very disappointed. The meat was tasteless and there was an overabundance of gloppy sauce to cover it. I LOVE the pulled pork at Oinkster, though. I thought Big Mama's was decent. Not like Jay Bee's but good for the area. I haven't been to Zeke's or Beans.