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Feb 27, 2009 07:44 PM

Rib Ranch BBQ Recs

I'll be at "Rib Ranch" tomorrow in Woodland Hills for the first time. What's the way to go?

Pork Ribs?
Beef Ribs?
Tri Tip?
BBQ Chicken?

Generally I don't eat ribs often so a preference between pig or cow is not part of the equation. I'm still cutting my teeth on good BBQ, and whether or not Rib Ranch actually has good BBQ I figure this place is as a good as any to start. It's local, and if anything it'll set the bar.

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  1. Rib Ranch is my fav Que place in the West Valley. I usually get a combo plate of baby backs and the bbq chicken. Tri tip is also very good, have yet to try the beef ribs.

    The sides are pretty solid as well; my favs are the garlic mashed potatoes and the beans.

    Rib Ranch Barbeque
    4923 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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    1. re: RacerX

      Garlic mashed? Hmmm... I do like garlic mashed potatoes.

      I am wondering about the chicken. Generally I find BBQ chicken served too dry at most places I've been to.

      1. re: RacerX

        Can you compare Rib Ranch to Wood Ranch on tri-tip? I had a piece at the WR in Agoura Hills recently, and it was nearly as tender as (and more flavorful than) the excellent oakwood-barbecued filet mignon at the Hitching Post. I always tell WR to go easy with their BBQ sauce -- they tend to overdo it especially on the ribs -- but that tri-tip was outstanding (requested and served medium-rare).

        1. re: sbritchky

          Re: the BBQ chicken, I always get dark meat as I feel that breast meat is too dry in general. Rib Ranch's dark meat (legs and thighs) are moist, tender, and flavorful.

          As for the tri-tip, its been a while since I've been to Wood Ranch but I would defnitely give them the edge over Rib Ranch. Rib Ranch's version is solid, and goes well on a sandwich, or by itself with some bbq sauce. Also, IIRC, Wood Ranch tri-tip was quite a bit pricier than Rib Ranch's.

          Garlic mashed is very tasty (although my current fav garlic mashed is at the Stonefire Grill chain!! ;-) ), and I really dig the beans, which have a nice smoky flavor.

          A combo meal with 2 choices of meat and 2 sides is about 18 bucks.

          Overall, I would never compare Rib Ranch with such renowned places as Phillips, Porky's, etc. (esp since I haven't yet had the pleasure of trying these places) but you could definitely do worse in this neck of the woods.