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Jun 11, 2009 11:38 AM

Big Mista's BBQ in Watts

Thank you Chowhound for pointing me in the right direction. I went with my girlfriend to the Farmer's Market in Watts on Saturday (really great prices on produce, they even had a stand Certified Organic). As for the area, I felt safe. I'd advise people to get out of their comfort zone and broaden your horizons and come on down.

Gosh the pulled pork sandwich was amazing, I love it they give you the sauce on the side so you can taste the meat and control your sauce portions. Meat was rich and smoky, not too smoky and the sauce had a really nice peppery tang.

Oh the beef brisket was marvelous with a nice crust, moist, and a good smoke ring. The wood used was not too overpowering so you had a nice marriage of meat, smoke, and just a little gobbets of fat here and there to really smooth things out and give a really nice flavor.

Ribs were excellent, I was able to get the quarter rack. Again, good smoke flavoring, and toothsome. Not mushy and falling off the bone like commercial places.

What really impressed me was the care taken with the smoke and the wood choice, I'd love to know which wood they used, definitely unique.

I'm definitely gonna be back again. The Los Angeles area has a bonafide BBQ place now. Back in the car me and my girlfriend were talking about how awesome it would be to get our wedding catered by Big Mista's. Yep, it's that good.

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  1. Bigmista's uses almond wood for it's smoke.

    1. Just had Bigmista's great ribs last night from the El Segundo farmer's market. After trying the best of the LA BBQ Festival, we have a winner in Bigmista. The ribs were the best I've ever had, wonderfully smoky, tender and well seasoned. In fact I had a nice talk with Bigmista himself about the Festival, that he needs to be at the next one. His ribs or brisket would beat anything the festival offered. Is anyone on the Festival committee listening?

      3 Replies
      1. re: Ogawak

        If we're talking about the same one, the LA BBQ festival seemed to have a lot of pretty lame contenders.

        It seems like there's really only one question to ask here:

        How does Bigmista's BBQ compare with Bludso's?

        Mr Taster

        1. re: Mr Taster

          I really like both places. They seem to set a new standard for BBQ quality in LA.

          It's tough to say which place is better, tho I give the slight edge to Bigmista's

          Smokier flavor in their meats (I've had their brisket, tri tip and pork ribs)
          Very spicy and tangy sauce which is offered on the side. Their full rack is huge, and the ribs are tender and juicy and very meaty. Probably the best ribs I've ever had.

          Offer two levels of spiciness. Love their pork shoulder and their brisket which is sliced differently than
          what I'm used to for brisket. I guess its sliced with the grain and thin. Delicious. Their sausages are really good, and they have a good selection of them. Bigmista's pork ribs are better, but Bludso's offers a beef rib on weekends only. Their Texas sampler is a terrific bargain, where they have a piece of each kind of meat they offer. Beef ribs are included on weekends.

          Both places have nice selection of desserts and sides and both places are very friendly.

          Another good thing about Bludso's: it's just down the street from Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken.

          1. re: Mr Taster

            I definitely think BigMista's is better than Bludso's. And I really liked Bludso's too.