First off - our best BBQ by far and away is Korean BBQ. Which we probably have better versions of here than that found in the South. (g) If you want recommendations on that version just let the board know.
For the other kind read here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/476239
I like the west side Baby Blues on Lincoln Blvd. in Venice (Lincoln at Sunset).
Phillips Leimert Park Location
Woodys on Slauson west of Crenshaw
J&J Burgers & BBQ on Adams
Dr Hogly Wogly in Van Nuys
I reccomend you do a search and see what people have to say about these places.
Personally not a fan of Baby Blues for many reasons but this board has it share of people who like it.
You should definitely check it out. I went last weekend (don't have to fight traffic) and was pleasantly surprised. The brisket is great and the baby backs were good, and the baked beans were amazing! Stay away from the links though.
But I still probably put Phillips #1, Woody's #2 and KC BBQ #3, but it's been a while since I've had the first 2, so a 3day BBQ taste off sounds like a great idea!
I just got home from eating at Bludso's - 811 S. Long Beach Blvd, Compton - near the corner of Long Beach and Alondra. It was great, a definite contender for the best in the city and in my book it holds its own with most anywhere I've been in Texas - and I've eaten a lot of bbq in Texas. (It advertises itself as "A Lil Taste of Texas."
A friend and I had rib tips, brisket and links and all three were great. The brisket was by far the best I've had in L.A. Rib tips were delicious, tender and somewhat fatty (but hey, it's rib tips, I like them fatty), they make their own links and they have a great, smoky, complex flavor. The baked beans were excellent, the greens were perfect, the cole slaw, well, it was cole slaw.
It's a tiny little place with a small counter with a few barstools. Everyone else who came in while we were there got takeaway, but we ate there. The people who run the place are incredibly friendly. They wanted to know where I'd heard about it and I told them here, on Chowhound. They've been getting some customers due to the mentions here and are very pleased about that.
Anyhow, my favorites have always been Phillip's and Porky's and now you can add Bludso's to that list - and maybe at the top.
First and foremost -- What is going on with Porky's in Inglewood on Manchester caddy-corner across from the Forum? Is that location truly closed and gone?
Sorry, I can't help but being a bit bitter. Yes, I know Porky's still has the location(s) down towards Long Beach. Porky's, maybe I didn't express my love enough. You weren't convenient, but I sometimes took someone to LAX so I could stop by on the way back to W.L.A. Vera, thank you for your kind attention and the hard work of your staff...
Baby Blues has some good dishes and a laid-back Venice vibe, but is expensive and who wants to wait for BBQ?
J&J's on Adam puts out good food, but is like eating on a neighbor's patio.
Phillip's is overrated, on the dry side. Expensive for some bony ribs and a sauce that is pretty harsh.
Dr. Hogly Wogly's may do the best brisket, but so way out of the way.
Mr. Cecil's is a grilled rib, very expensive. Outdoor Grill will never recover from wanting to charge me extra for a slice of bread and a miserably bland BBQ pork roast.
Porky's, where art thou, Porky's?!