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Memphis BBQ in the SGV?

calabasas_trafalgar Sep 4, 2010 10:34 AM

Is there anyplace in the SGV one can recommend for Memphis-style BBQ? I'll go further, but closer would be ideal...

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    carter Sep 5, 2010 09:39 PM

    Your request seems like someone asking for a specific province of top notch Chinese food in Calabasas, or maybe Moorpark.
    When in SGV, Asian is the preferred cuisine, then a matter of which version.
    but you already knew that!!!

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    1. re: carter
      calabasas_trafalgar Sep 6, 2010 08:17 AM

      I live there, and except for Japanese, its not the preferred cuisine for me...

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      reality check Sep 4, 2010 11:00 PM

      There is Mike's Memphis BBQ in Cypress.

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        reality check Sep 5, 2010 01:12 AM

        JR's is Memphis style BBQ too. But they don't do a good job and grouchy service.

      2. ipsedixit Sep 4, 2010 08:59 PM

        From what I understand (and it's admittedly not much about BBQ), Jay Bee's offers the only Memphis-style 'Q in Los Angeles.


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          calabasas_trafalgar Sep 4, 2010 09:30 PM

          ok, cool, I get out that way sometimes. I was actually pretty close by this afternoon.

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          raizans Sep 4, 2010 12:34 PM

          jay bee's in gardena is an offshoot of interstate bbq, but it's hit or miss. if you're looking for a classic wet or dry memphis bbq, i'd recommend buying a weber smokey mountain and gary wiviott's "low & slow". there are no authentic options around here, afaik.

          worthwhile alternatives in your area: phillips in chino and bonnie b's in pasadena.

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          1. re: raizans
            calabasas_trafalgar Sep 4, 2010 04:17 PM

            what's the story on bonnie b's? Pasadena is very close to me.

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              martyR Sep 4, 2010 04:42 PM

              Bonnie B's is not bad. It's definitely not a Memphis dry-rub joint though.

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                raizans Sep 4, 2010 05:52 PM


                see this thread.

              2. re: raizans
                richoso12 Sep 6, 2010 07:49 PM

                Going the low & slow smoking via the Weber or some other smoker is probably by far the best option, along with making a good dry rub. I never try looking for good Memphis style ribs, I just make them at home so there are no disappointments. You do need about 6 hours for spares, and 5 hours for BB's.

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