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Jan 9, 2010 11:01 AM

Joey's Smokin BBQ Manhattan Beach

Has anyone been to Joey's Smokin' BBQ in Manhattan Beach? an inquiring Memphis transplant wants to know...

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  1. For some really good BBQ in the area try Big Mista at the El Segundo farmers market on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm. They have some of the best brisket I've ever had out side of Austin.

    1. About a year ago I stopped by the one in Carlsbad. The food was edible, but, for the life of me, I can't remember much else about it.

      If you're in the Manhattan Beach area, try Big Mista ( ) on Thursdays at the El Segundo Farmers Market. (Search this board for all the reasons why.) Then, for an excellent dessert, drive down PCH a few miles to Glacier Ice Cream in MB ( ). Two scoops of coffee ice cream in a homemade waffle bowl is a perfect ending to a great BBQ meal.

      Glacier Ice Cream & Gelato
      1605 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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      1. re: Harry Nile

        Really looking for pork not beef - being from Memphis and seeing that someone has Memphis style bbq on the menu made me curious but it's never the same - Baby Blues is pretty good, but dont care for their sides - think the best bbq pork ribs I have found so far are at Uncle Andre's in Studio City which also has great sweet potato pie - any suggestions for pulled pork and ribs Memphis style would be appreciated - not necessarily in the El Segundo - Manhattan Beach area

        1. re: prainer

          The pulled pork at Big Mista is great.

          1. re: wienermobile

            As are the ribs at Big Mista. Again, search for details.

            If you ever get down Anaheim way, Blake's pulled pork is unusual and delicious to my taste. It might seem strange to a Memphian -- very firm, covered in a sweetish Alabama-style sauce -- but if you like Corky's chopped pork you should like Blake's pulled pork, because of the sauce and the burnt ends. Blake's ribs are also very good but not in the same universe as Big Mista's.

          2. re: prainer

            Joey's pulled pork is pretty good, but the ribs are not good at all.

        2. joey's is on the bad side of terrible. the baby back ribs are not even smoked, much less trimmed of fat and gristle. the sauce is mostly high fructose corn syrup.

          i recommend bigmista with one reservation: he caters to affluent suburbanites who otherwise can't get decent barbecue nearby. consequently, he makes his barbecue very soft and imo overcooked. i suppose this up to your taste, but i think barbecue should have a modicum of meaty firmness to it. other than that, bigmista is quite good. actually, i went there last week and had a good meal. =)*

          your closest decent option is big john's cafe. they make pretty good baby backs, well smoked, but glazed with a sauce that is too sweet for me.

          *minor downside is you can only get it during farmer's market.

          1. Its pretty terrible. Very "fast food/prepared" vibe to the food. BBQ was very forgettable, about what you would expect for a BBQ restaurant in a mini-mall parking lot in Manhattan Beach.

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            1. re: Xericx

              Good to see you posting again, xericx

            2. Only thing I enjoyed was the potato salad. Everything else sucked, including the price.

              Luke Walton should have invested in a TGIF because the one in Chino didn't even last a year.