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Jan 23, 2009 12:13 PM

Great BBQ in Long Beach???

Please tell me where......

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  1. There is a Porky's on Redondo and if you like the smoke, go for Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach on Main.

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    1. re: justagthing

      Porky's has big portions and friendly service at good prices, if their Long Beach location mirrors their Inglewood original.

      1. re: justagthing

        While I have enjoyed the Porky's in Inglewood, I haven't been to their LB store. I will say that Beachwood BBQ serves excellent Q and even better craft beer! I still need to try more of their food menu but I've enjoyed their Smokehouse Burger, Smoked Albacore, Brisket and Pulled Pork Sandwiches. I liked their Sweet Potato Fries better than their French Fries and the Hush Puppies are also tasty.

        On the beer end of things the owner deserves an A+! Rotating taps that frequently showcase the most diverse selection of excellent craft beers around. No macro's and not limited to just what is currently in vogue (IPA's, DIPA's etc.) but a broad range of craft beer styles. Anyone that is into beer can go to their website and click on the 'HOPCAM' link which shows what's currently offered on tap.

        Beachwood BBQ
        131 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA 90740

        1. re: sel

          I also enjoy their smoked fish, but I always get a slab of baby need for sauce as they are smoked to perfection along w/a wonderful rub. I will have to try the pulled pork sandwich next time.

          1. re: sel

            I'll third the vote for Beachwood. Been going there since it opened, and it just keeps getting better and better. Love the fried pickles and their collard greens.

            1. re: sel

              I recently had the BBQ chicken at Beachwood at it was to die for. Juicy, tender, and great flavor...

          2. I like the Texas style Beef Brisket or BBQ Tri tip at Lucille’s. This meat actually melts in your mouth – TENDER! Beyond that the BBQ chicken is very good. As for their sides, I like the cheese grits, the baked potato and on my last visit I had some excellent sweet potato cakes but they came with the pork chops which were not as tender as they should have been, but…, anyways, I am not sure if those sweet potato cakes are offered as a regular side dish but if they try to tell me “no” on my next visit I will file a complaint with the local Chowhound Court. Those pancakes are outstanding and make a perfect comfort food side dish to BBQ. Another high score is owed for their appetizer platter (a big pile of food) -- Pork rib tips, onion straws, fried okra, fried green tomatoes, Dixie egg rolls, fried dill pickles, chicken strips and a tri tip quesadilla. Every item on that platter is very good. The peach ice tea is one of my favorite drinks.
            Lucille’s Home page

            Two Locations in Long Beach

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            1. re: JeetJet

              I'm kind of surprised you said Lucille's, I have had plenty of bbq in the South and I did not like Lucille's at all. JayBee's, on the other hand (mentioned below), I thought was excellent. I speak particularly of the pork ribs, just the right consistency as opposed to Lucille's, which I found too tough. JayBee's mac and cheese is also excellent, real Southern-style. (Lucille's tasted just like KFC and El Pollo Loco's)

              I also have heard great things about Porky's, but have not been yet.
              One thing I can say is that JayBee's and Porky's only have some outdoor tables, whereas Lucille's is a sit-down restaurant. So if it's rainy like it is now, you'd have to do takeout.

              1. re: CookieEater

                Please don't be surprised about my rec for Lucille's. The OP made a simple request for "Great BBQ in Long Beach" No specific request for Beef, Pork, or Chicken -- only Great BBQ in LB. I stand by my rec for Beef Brisket, beef Tri tip, chicken, the sides mentioned and their appetizer platter. Each item is beyond "Great" and are simply excellent. I never mentioned ribs or mac&cheese but it is great you and others posted with some recs for pork making the thread more complete.

                I never mentioned the Bar menu at Lucille's and that alone is worth going for. Those Mint Juleps are good. You decide what they are made with -- Kentucky bourbons or Tennessee whiskies.

                Jim Beam
                Maker's Mark
                Wild Turkey
                Jack Daniels
                Gentleman Jack
                Woodford Reserve
                Knob Creek
                Basil Hayden's

                1. re: JeetJet

                  I tried a variety of things at Lucille's, sorry, I just didn't see the same magic you did.

                  1. re: CookieEater

                    I would have to agree with you hear. I do think that their sauce is good, but when you have Beachwood BBQ and so much flavor in the meat, just doesn't do it for me either.

                    1. re: CookieEater

                      Objection -- In your first reply you compaired pork to beef -- ?? Now a "variety of things "-- overbroad and nonspecific. My post is about brisket and tri tip. Now, if those are among the variety of things you tried then please explain what was wrong with your order and what makes another place better for those cuts (smoke, flavor, tender, prce, amount?). Although I have not had plenty of bbq in the South, only brisket in Texas, and pork in several cities of the south, I can say that after having these cuts a half dozen times, or more, at Lucille's in the last year, this is as good as what I have had in Texas and around LA -- relative to smoke, flavor, tenderness, prce, and portion size. In fact, as a log burner mysself, I admit that when it comes to these cuts of beef I have not come close to the smoke, flavor and tenderness of Lucille's. As I said -- melts in your mouth and it does not get better than that.

                      That said, compare your plate of tri tip or brisket from Lucille's with another place in or near Long Beach -- that would be helpful.

                      1. re: CookieEater

                        Agree completely. I have had three meals at Lucille's in Tustin and have tried several different meats, and I think that they are at best, mediocre to poor. I personally will not return there.

                        If anyone has any recommendations for good barbecue in Orange County, I would love to hear it! I especially love good barbecued brisket...not too fatty, but not totally lean and dry either!

                      2. re: JeetJet

                        I agree with you, JeetJet. We enjoyed Lucille's the last time we tried it. The Baby Backs were cooked just right, were not over cooked and had a great BBQ flavor. No need to drench with extra sauce. I know Lucille's may be considered a gimmicky chain restaurant to some, but, we enjoyed it.

                        1. re: Big N Fat

                          The Mrs. and I had our first taste of Lucille's food last night, from the Chino branch. Have to see the whole experience was A+. Yes I know this is a corporate chain, but it is real 'Q, and as delivered, the ribs are not drenched in sauce, but are obviously rubbed and lacquered back in the kitchen, and pass the test in terms of not needing any added sauce. We had the baby backs and the St Louis style ribs, sides were potato salad and greens and drop biscuits.

                          Meat was flavorful and tender, but not "falling off the bone" tender, which in my book is a good thing. Potato salad side was fresh, clean, and with quality ingredients. The greens were flavorful and had liberal bits of porcine goodness lolling in them, although, overall, a tad too salty.

                          This is consistent good, solid food, barbecue with all the sides executed well, and for everything to come together in a BBQ joint like this, not a common scene. No is not a peanut shells on the floor, smoker on the sidewalk type of joint, it is a sit down restaurant that features barbeque, and delivers a total package.

                          1. re: ChinoWayne


                            Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ
                            4828 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

                            Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ
                            4611 Chino Hills Pkwy, Chino Hills, CA 91709

                            1. re: ChinoWayne

                              I always say good BBQ doesn't need any sauce. The next time you go to Lucille's ask for your meat with the sauce on the side. First, your waiter will look at you like you are crazy. Then they will bring you a plate of grey meat. Taste it. You will be hard pressed to find any smoke flavor. At least that was my experience there.

                              I liked their sauce. I liked their sides. I just didn't like their meat. And isn't that what BBQ is supposed to be about?

                              1. re: bigmista

                                Just curious, but have you tried Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach or Walker BBQ on Carson in Lakewood?

                                1. re: justagthing

                                  Not yet. I just heard about those two. Gonna have to swing by and check them out.

                        2. re: CookieEater

                          The Inglewood Porky's has tables inside. The staff is charming and hardworking, and the fried chicken is very good, if somewhat heavily battered. I don't find the ribs especially tasty, but that chicken is crisp, tender, and moist all at the same time.

                          Porky's BBQ
                          801 E Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

                          1. re: sbritchky

                            Just to keep things straight the Inglewood Porky's has closed according to another thread.

                            1. re: Servorg

                              I just saw that. What a miserable development!

                        3. re: JeetJet

                          Hi, Jeet:
                          As a brisket lover, I'd be curious what you would think of Bludso's brisket, because I think that's the best brisket I've ever had. The other great brisket I had was a place from Texas (Southside Market?) that had a booth at the recent BBQ Festival in Santa Monica. I liked Bludso's better. The other meats Bludso's offers are equally great. I think it's the best BBQ in LA.

                          Bludso's is in Compton just a few miles north of Long Beach, at the corner of Alondra and Long Beach Blvd. It's also near the Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken.

                          1. re: Ogawak

                            The Southside Market in Elgin (pronounced with a hard "g"), near Austin, specializes in outstanding sausage links, so I'd be surprised if they brought the great brisket you had in Santa Monica. I've heard a lot about Bludso's and plan to head over there today, if not sooner.

                            1. re: sbritchky

                              I was at Bludso's today for lunch. The brisket was fantastic, some of the best I've ever had, anywhere. The pork shoulder that my friend had was even better. Previously, I have had the rib tips and the links and they are also great. My friend who I went with today is from Kansas City and she is very serious and picky about her bbq. She said that she would happily eat at Bludso's if it were in her hometown.

                              The baked beans, greens and mac and cheese are also great.

                        4. Go to JayBees on Avalon in Compton. One of the top BBQ places in L.A.

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                          1. re: martyR


                            I went to Jay Bee's a few weeks ago. The pulled pork sandwich was more like a sloppy joe than anything else. Some poor quality pork (too many fatty bits) swimming in uninspired red sauce (supposedly hot, it wasn't even medium).

                            It was awful. I threw it out before finishing.

                            Based on my one-time visit, this place is hugely overrated.

                            1. re: BeenThereAteThat

                              Ha, the pulled pork (more like chopped pork, but w/e) was the decent item that I had there. The rest was underwhelming. Not saying that the sandwich was really good, but it was the best part of my meal there. I know, not saying alot. I think this place is overrated, probably b/c it was featured on Diners and Dives (that was the show, right?).

                              BigMista's has a good pulled pork (I haven't done the sandwich myself, but I've ordered it ala carte). Porky's - when they were in Manchester - did a good pulled pork sandwich. Best pulled pork though, is in North Carolina.

                          2. The Thursday afternoon farmers' market on Atlantic Avenue in Bixby Knolls usually has a BBQ vendor with some pretty serious ribs, links, chicken, maybe a few sides and occasionally desserts. Take out only.

                            1. We'd take Johnny Rebs SOuthern Roadhouse over Lucilles anyday.

                              Johnny Rebs is located at 4663 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach Ca 90805. Ph 562-423-7327.

                              GIve it a try.

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                              1. re: mrpita

                                Agree Johnny Rebs rocks and there's a location in Bellflower, too.

                                Another one to try is the old throwback Chris & Pitts (Bellflower and Artesia Blvd right off the 91 fwy). Now, that's good eatin'.

                                1. re: mrpita

                                  I love the fried pickles, catfish and blackeyed peas at Johnny Rebs. Next time you are at the loaction in Long Beach, ask them to let you see the smoker. Unless things have changed recently, they have to cook their meat at another location because Long Beach makes it almost impossible to have a smoker in a restaurant even if you have a smoke eater.

                                  1. re: bigmista

                                    Actually Lucille's has a smoker. I love their tri-tip & the greens. Johnny Rebs I don't really care for, I don't like that style of pulled pork drowned in sauce thing. To me it's more southern soul food than BBQ.
                                    Beachwood is good, I liked their smoked fish, the meat is too heavily smoked for my taste, the atmosphere is very froufrou for a BBQ place.

                                  2. re: mrpita

                                    +4 on the Johnny Rebs. Our family's favorite, very consistent on the quality and execution of the food.
                                    Hands down our favorite place to have breakfast, too.

                                    1. re: iheartcooking

                                      i'm not crazy about johnny rebs' bbq. it's good but not great. but their fried chicken and catfish are as good as any i've ever had. and their sides are great, too. and, yes, their breakfast. a couple times a winter i have to go by and have biscuits and sausage gravy. mmmmmm.