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Best Rib Tips in LA?

kushnerom Jan 16, 2010 06:37 PM

I'm looking for some soft, fall off the bone, rib tips... with cartilage you can actually eat from all that slow cooking! Every place I've tried so far has been dry and too hard to chew... ;( I will be forever grateful if you can point me in the right direction.

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    estone888 RE: kushnerom Jan 16, 2010 08:44 PM

    I am partial to the tips at Bludso's, 811 South Long Beach Boulevard Compton, near the corner of Alondra. They also have burnt ends if you call a day in advance, their ribs are excellent and their pork shoulder is fantastic, as is the brisket. I consider them the best bbq in town.

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      degustateur RE: estone888 Jan 16, 2010 09:59 PM

      2nd. Bludso's meats are virtually unparalleled. Just wish their hot links (beef, chicken) and their sauce were a little more to my liking - a minor nit since I always get sauce on the side and can certainly live with their links.

      The Texas Sampler @ $25 is a 6 lb. phenomenon! Suggestion: "upgrade" the sides to a mac 'n cheese and greens for a nominal fee - some of the best ever.

      I noticed that Bludso's uses Klose BBQ pits from Texas. They are incredible pieces of equipment and take a lot of randomness out of the results through highly effective temperature control. The same can be said about the Spicewine smokers used by Bigmista, and it's evident in his 'Q as well.

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        monku RE: degustateur Feb 7, 2010 08:38 PM

        Checked out Bludso's today for lunch and it was packed with people picking up Super Bowl BBQ. We got there at 12:15 and they were already open (Sundays says they open 12:30).
        Three of us shared the $25 sampler. I don't think it's 6 lbs. but somewhere around 4 lbs. of pork ribs, rib tips, chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket, hot links and chicken links. Ordered hot and mild sauce on the side and we ate it right there. Fantastic and so much meat we couldn't finish it. Definitely conclude the BBQ is right up there.

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        aizan RE: estone888 Jan 16, 2010 10:34 PM

        bludso's is also the best i've found, though there are several other places that do a good job: mom's (on imperial), phillips (on a good day), old fashion flavor (also on a good day), and j 'n' j.

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          kushnerom RE: aizan Jan 19, 2010 07:53 PM

          I have heard really great things about Bludso's so I will have to give it a try. It was nightime, raining, and didn't feel like venturing out to Compton, but will give definitely check them out soon!

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            Hershey Bomar RE: aizan Feb 3, 2010 06:15 PM

            Is Mom's on Imperial the same as Mom's in the SFV?

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              raizans RE: Hershey Bomar Feb 3, 2010 06:35 PM

              there's no relation. the website for mom's in van nuys doesn't list a second location, at least. i've been thinking about driving up there, what's the barbecue like?

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                Hershey Bomar RE: raizans Feb 3, 2010 06:51 PM

                It's OK haven't been in a long long while. Was a good choice when the Valley only offered two choices the latter and Dr. Hogley Wogley's. My thinking has always been if you name a place after your mom it has to be good. If you name it after your brother-in-law that's a whole other story.

                She did make Cajun boudin once in a blue moon. People also liked her fried chicken. The meats were not smokey.

                I'm excited to try the Mom's on Imperial.

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          Burger Boy RE: kushnerom Jan 16, 2010 11:59 PM

          J n J Burgers & BBQ on Adams, get the sauce 1/2 & 1/2

          JNJ Burger Shack
          5754 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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            martyR RE: Burger Boy Jan 18, 2010 03:55 PM

            Skip the mild half and just get the hot. It won't kill ya and man is it tasty.

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              Burger Boy RE: martyR Jan 18, 2010 09:22 PM

              I think the pork flavor comes through a bit more. I do like his hot straight up with the links and the smoked wings.

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              kushnerom RE: Burger Boy Jan 19, 2010 07:58 PM

              I just checked out their menu and it's cheap! I live pretty close actually and thought this place looked too ghetto, but sometime too ghetto is good! I will be checking this place out soon too... thanks!

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                Jase RE: kushnerom Feb 3, 2010 01:57 PM

                I think the area around J n J is perfectly fine. You'll have to go around the side for the BBQ. They are super friendly there. I'd recommend calling your order in ahead if you can. Otherwise, you'll have to wait a good 20 minutes or so, maybe even longer if they have a lot of people.

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                  Burger Boy RE: Jase Feb 3, 2010 02:48 PM

                  That area is fine, like any area even Silver Lake, just be aware! I have never had a problem and J is tight with everyone, they would never mess with his customers!

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                Jase RE: Burger Boy Feb 3, 2010 01:55 PM

                With the caveat that I haven't been to Bludso's and Big Mista's yet, I will have to second J n J. Woody's is a close second for us but J n J's rib tips are a bit more juicer.

                In fact for Super Bowl this Sunday, I have requests to provide a couple pound of rib tips as part of the noshing. Great finger food.

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                  Burger Boy RE: Jase Feb 3, 2010 02:50 PM

                  Been to Bludso's and it is good, not worth the drive, ,but for me J n J and Big Mista are rockin it!

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                    Jase RE: Burger Boy Feb 3, 2010 03:25 PM

                    Bludso's? Really? You're the first I've heard say it's not worth the drive. I still want to go, just haven't made it over. J n J is closer so we've defaulted to that the last couple of times we wanted que.

                    Big Mista, I need to get out of bed earlier. Out of curiousity, where does Woody's rank in your personal scale?

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                      Burger Boy RE: Jase Feb 3, 2010 03:37 PM

                      Top 5 for sure. Do not get me wrong, Bludso's had some good stuff, briskit and links and pulled pork but over all to drive there from Silver Lake. Nope
                      Big Mista over all i like more so, I just had some this last sunday and I got to the farmers market right before closing and they had everthing except the pulled pork. They even had a spicy sauce which I had not had before.

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                        raizans RE: Burger Boy Feb 3, 2010 04:44 PM

                        just a bit of clarification, but bigmista doesn't have rib tips.

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                          Burger Boy RE: raizans Feb 3, 2010 05:35 PM

                          Not really sure. When I was there on Sunday I found out they had burnt ends, the lady in front of me bought all there was, about 2 lbs. I jumped her in the parking lot and took a pound but I left her the sauce.

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                            Ogawak RE: raizans Feb 4, 2010 07:58 AM

                            Big Mista did offer rib tips recently at El Segundo. As much of a fan as I am, I didn't care for them as much as the brisket or pork ribs.

                            My last time out, he didn't have those great beef ribs either.

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                          Burger Boy RE: Jase Feb 3, 2010 03:53 PM

                          Be sure to get the smoked wings at J n J.

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                            raizans RE: Jase Feb 3, 2010 04:53 PM

                            the barbecue at woody's could use a little more smokiness and better quality meats. tends to be a little dry and tough. it's a good place if you like black pepper, and the sauce is pretty good, similar to jay bee's and the rib nest. it's ok if you're in the area!

                            i went to bludso's last week, and it was great. makes me wonder why i bother trying new barbecue places.

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                              Burger Boy RE: raizans Feb 3, 2010 05:35 PM

                              What did you get at Bludso's?

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                                raizans RE: Burger Boy Feb 3, 2010 06:37 PM

                                one spare rib, a medium collard greens, and a complimentary hunk of cornbread. i went to d&a first, so i didn't have much room. =(

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                                  Burger Boy RE: raizans Feb 3, 2010 09:28 PM

                                  What is d&a?

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                                    raizans RE: Burger Boy Feb 4, 2010 09:19 AM

                                    d&a pit bar-b-q is a few blocks away from bludso's.

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                                      TonyC RE: raizans Mar 8, 2010 02:29 PM

                                      I've had D&As rib tips, as well as Winfrey's, which are all within the general vicinity as Bludso's. While D&A's smokers are often active, the rib tips had very little burnt ends, and their self touted "Florida style" sauce - whatever THAT means - was just funk in a bad way.

                                      Not even going to talk about Winfrey's. In Compton, Bludso's rib tips rules the roost.

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                        pamm5959 RE: Burger Boy Mar 8, 2010 09:24 AM

                        I second JnJ! I use to work near there and we would always get the rib tips and hot link.

                      3. A5 KOBE RE: kushnerom Jan 21, 2010 11:14 AM

                        Bludso's easy.....

                        1. alkylyou RE: kushnerom Jan 27, 2010 06:18 AM

                          the smothered rib tips i had at r&r soul food in carson were pretty damn good, but i haven't had them in a year or so since they changed the menu.
                          now, the rib tips are only available on tuesdays as a dinner special, which is unfortunate.

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                            kushnerom RE: alkylyou Jan 27, 2010 05:48 PM

                            Thanks! I went to R & R a long time ago and loved it, but then forgot the name of the restaurant and recently looked it up. I didn't see rib tips on their menu, but that would explain it since it's now a special. I will be heading there on a Tuesday!

                          2. alkylyou RE: kushnerom Feb 3, 2010 10:05 AM

                            you know what's bumming me out super hard?
                            the fact that so many places only have smothered tips once a week.
                            both r&r and venni mac in carson only have them tuesdays.
                            today is wednesday.
                            i guess i'm in for a bit of a drive to compton.

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                              reality check RE: kushnerom Mar 8, 2010 09:34 PM

                              I'm biased because I think Phillips has the best ribs in LA. But I think their rib tips are great too. I think Bludso's is OK not worth the hype they are getting.

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