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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 backs...no 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, well...it 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.

                                  3. Found a new BBQ place off of Carson, might be considered Lakewood, not sure. Anyways, I walked into the space and was bombarded with an incredible smokey smell. I started drooling right away. I only went in to get a menu and then started talking to the owner. He told me they moved from Carson to this new location. They smoke their meat in this ginormous smoker that looks to be 20 feet long and 10 foot high. They also make their own sauce. Well, I wasn't there to buy anything as I had other business in that center, so he invited me to have a piece of his 'q'. He asked me what I would like and, of course, I wanted a baby back. I took one bite and was sold! It was falling off the bone and had a great smoke flavor and there was some great tang in the sauce. I can't wait to go back for a full meal.
                                    I still really love Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, but this is a bit closer.

                                    Walker's BBQ Smoke Pit
                                    3219 Carson St, Lakewood, CA 90712

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                                    1. Avoid JayBee's... overcooked and oversauced with a poor quality of meat to start with. I'm actually surprised by the line there as their BBQ is mediocre at best. Their mac-n-cheese however is excellent... possibly good enough to revisit again for... but the BBQ, meh.

                                      While not in Long Beach, Old Fashion Flavor BBQ on Western just south of Century has some of the best brisket and short ribs in the city. I've also heard great things about Beachwood but never been.

                                      1. boo to lucille's.
                                        absolute nonsense.
                                        bodacious q in carson is within earshot of lbc and is totally worth the drive.
                                        hours are sort of limited, but the proprietors are always onsite and are the sweetest people you will ever meet.

                                        1. My only problem with bbq in Long Beach is the preparation. By that I mean depending on the location, they are not allowed to have smokers so they have to bring smoked meat from some other location. I don't know if all are like that but that fact that it is even like that when some would give me pause.

                                          There was a bbq place in north Long Beach that is closed now that had a smoker but the powers that be didn't know about it. Outside of bad bbq I wonder if that is one of the reasons he is no longer in business.

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                                          1. re: Chow Down Hound

                                            I'm not sure this is true. I thing Lucilles has smokers on premises. But I could be wrong.

                                            From their website

                                            Question: What meats do you smoke and for how long?

                                            Answer: We smoke and cook the following meats in our smoker oven for the approximate times:

                                            Baby Back Ribs 3-4 hours
                                            Pork Roast 10-12 hours
                                            St. Louis Ribs 3-4 hours
                                            Ham 6-8 hours
                                            Beef Ribs 4-5 hours
                                            Chicken 2-3 hours
                                            Tri Tip 4-6 hours
                                            Pork Chops 2-3 hours
                                            Turkey Breast 3-4 hours

                                            My favorite item from their menu is the tri-tip sandwich, and I like the greens too. I have been to Beechwood and it's a bit pretentious for a BBQ place, but the smoked fish is good.

                                            1. re: mlgb

                                              I didn't say the meat wasn't smoke I just said it wasn't smoked on the premises. The last time we visited a major chain after there re-opening we asked were they allowed to have a smoker yet and the manager replied no. This was about six months ago.

                                              1. re: Chow Down Hound

                                                The last time I visited Lucilles (one of the two in LB) I think the waitress made a point of showing us the smoker. I could be wrong. Have you actually been there or are you just generalizing from experience with other places?

                                                1. re: mlgb

                                                  I was speaking from experience also based on a conversation that I had with one of the managers about how the city of long beach won't allow smokers. But since I'm particular about my bbq I don't try around that much.

                                                  I think sauce is only good for dipping your bread so when I can't get it on the side I naturally assume the flavor is from the sauce and not the meat. When do get my meat with no sauce I usually find it pretty bland or peppery. I have a taste for savory so pepper does nothing for me.

                                            2. re: Chow Down Hound

                                              CDH...have you tried Walker's yet. I know that it is technically Lakewood, but it's right on the border and they have a HUGE smoker.

                                              1. re: justagthing

                                                I have never heard of Walker's. I will look it up.

                                            3. Ya'll are tripping. They are all good. Lucille's, Johnny Reb's, Walker's, and Chris and Pitts. It just depends what you get. Not everything is going to be great at each place. Tri Tip at Lucille's, Most meats at Johnny Reb's, Pulled Pork at Walker's, Center Cut Baby Back Ribs and Chili Bean Soup at Chris and Pits. Just remember not all the locations of Lucille's, Johnny Reb's, and Chris and Pitts give you the same quality, same taste, or same experience. Go with an open mind and a hungry stomach and enjoy some good BBQ.

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                                              1. re: teamcypher

                                                No, the big chains suck. They don't use real sugar in their BBQ sauce. Sure Lucilles is still better than that god aweful Tony Romas, but not by much.

                                              2. Has anyone tried Famous Dave's in Long Beach? My son wants to take us there since it's one of his favorite BBQ places. They have several locations across the US and is supposedly pretty good. Been to Lucille's in Torrance and it was OK. Nothing fabulous.

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                                                1. re: Clinton

                                                  If you thought Lucille's was okay, you might like Famous Dave's a little better. Certainly not the best BBQ around, but decent as chains go. Lucille's is stronger in the side dishes. But compared to Bludso's or Bigmista's, they obviously fall short. But the best BBQ in town are not places you can sit down and have dinner. The strong side to places like Lucilles and Daves is that they are both great as sit down places.

                                                  1. re: Ogawak

                                                    Thanks. Will probably try it this weekend. I picture this place like a Tony Roma's or Texas Lucy's? Good BBQ places I've had was at the Rib Nest on Van Ness and El Segundo. I don't know if they're still there and also Bodacious Ribs on Arbor Vitae. I don't get around too much as you can tell. Need to try Porky's one day just for the heck of it.

                                                    1. re: Ogawak

                                                      Went to Famous Dave's last night. The BBQ was pretty good for a chain like you mentioned. Had some strange fancy beer served with an orange wedge in in but it was good and refreshing. Couldn't finish the whole rack of baby backs maybe because of the appetizers and drinks before dinner? Valet parking was available @$6 even with validation. All-in-all, it was a nice family dinner experience worth going back again.

                                                      1. re: Clinton

                                                        Famous Daves is HORRIBLE! Are you KIDDING? Chain garbage. High fructose corn syrup in BBQ sauce. The brisket sucks the big one. Johnny Rebs and Beachwood are tops on sit down BBQ in Long Beach and surrounding cities. Chris n' Pitts has gone down hill too. Sauce has a good recipe but that High Fructose Corn Syrup ruins the flavor.

                                                  2. Johnny Rebs and Beachwood BBQ. Porkys is decent. Bludsos (in Compton) is good. AVOID LUCILLES! chain bbq... HFCF in their bbq sauce.

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                                                    1. re: Dman562

                                                      Agree that Lucille's is worse than awful...absolutely yuck. We live in OC, and the only decent barbecue around is at Blake's in Anaheim (?). We often buy brisket and pulled pork there to go, and it makes a pretty delish dinner.

                                                    2. Reading over these posts, I am shocked by the number of people who like Lucille's. To me, Lucille's is dreadful...perhaps the worst barbecue I've ever had. I've tried many places for barbecue in Orange County, and have only found one place that is good...but it's not only good, it's great. The one downside is, that they really only have a small cafe. Most of their food is for take-out...but it's terrific. Go to Blake's Barbecue in Anaheim and take home some of their brisket and pulled pork, and you'll have a feast. See: http://www.blakesplacebbq.com/ You will enjoy...guaranteed the best around...runs rings around Lucille's!