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Apr 28, 2008 08:27 PM

Pulled Pork?

I am lookig for a location where I can eat a good pulled pork sandwhich in Los Angeles? I am from East L.A./ S.G.V. are, but will take a drive if the food is worth it. Please post your thoughts. Thank you.

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  1. Best pulled pork I have had in SoCal, by far, is at Porky's. Their pulled pork sandwich is a massive portion heaped on a toasted bun with slaw on one side. The meat is tender, moist, succulent, with crispy bits. Their Inglewood location is on the north side of Manchester east of La Brea and west of the Forum. They just opened a new branch in Long Beach.

    1. Oinkster. And the fries are pretty tasty as well.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Second this recommendation in Eagle Rock.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          I third this recommendation. I haven't been to Porky's, but Oinkster has the best pulled pork I've had in CA so far. It's smoky. Not quite as good as NC though; it's a bit lean and undersalted.

          1. re: ladilettante

            Hmmmm.... I was hoping to really like Oinkster, but having recently moved from NC, I found the pork bbq to be a poor imitation. Overly lean meat without any parts that actually seem to have been close to a fire at any time. The bread left a lot to be desired - fell apart before halfway finishing the sandwich.

            Looking forward to trying out Gus soon though!

            1. re: WendyT

              unfortunately, as gets posted on this board every couple years or so, there is no nc-style bbq in LA. i'm buying a smoker soon, though, and i hope to just make my own.

            2. re: ladilettante

              I'm a big fan of Oinkster's burger and fries, but I do not like their pulled pork. Too watery.

          2. we recently ate at the newly re-opened "gus's bbq" in south pasadena on fair oaks. had excellent pulled pork and brisket.

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            1. re: justanotherpenguin

              After eating at the new Gus's over the weekend I think it's officially become the best BBQ place in Pasadena, possible the SGV. We were also very pleased with their baby back ribs and spicy BBQ sauce.

            2. JayBees Ribs in Carson (near Cal State Dominguez) does it very well. Corner of San Pedro and Avalon (actually where the 2 streets meet).

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              1. re: wilp

                JayBee's is not in Carson. It's in Gardena.

                The pulled pork sandwich is great *IF* you like more sauce than meat, bland sauce (even when ordering hot), and strange pieces of fat mixed in.

              2. We recently had the pulled pork at both Gus's BBQ and Porky's. Porkys is more flavorful and tender, but that's probably because Gus's is leaner. Porky's has a nice char on parts of it, also. Both are good but I'd give the nod to Porky's.

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                1. re: monkuboy

                  And when you get tired of pulled pork, you can't beat the Golden Bird fried chicken and charming staff at Porky's (at least at the Inglewood location -- I haven't yet tried the new place in LB).

                  1. re: Mel Gee

                    The folks at Porky's in Inglewood could not be nicer, cheerful and more helpful, from Vera the co-owner (now at Long Beach) to the order-takers and cooks and down to the bussers. Really nice. The pulled pork is still my favorite, but I also like the brisket and the spareribs (much better than the baby backs or the beef ribs). I do not think they are frying the Golden Bird chicken at the new LB branch.

                    1. re: nosh

                      Just to update this recommendation - Porky's Inglewood location (which was open when nosh recommended here) is now closed. This information is offered to those who may come to this thread in the future in order to save them an unnecessary trip.

                  2. re: monkuboy

                    I was reading about Gus's pulled pork, and noticed that steaming plays a prominent role in its production, as I think it does in Oinkster's. I suspect that Porky's is probably real honest-to-no-s**t BARBECUE, judging from the "nice char" observation, which is harder to do (and let's not get started on Carbon Footprints!) but yields superior results - IF it's done properly.

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      I am pretty sure Porky's pulled pork is real BBQ - no steam there! That accounts for the difference in texture. And Mel Gee - yes I am a big fan of Golden Bird chicken which to me is the best fried chicken anytime, anywhere. I've been eating it since high school and that's a really long time, longer than I care to admit!