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Oct 28, 2010 10:51 AM

Pursuit of THEE perfect Q pit

Friday my 14 y.o. granddaughter gets her braces off after 3 years. She's dying for some ribs. I used to go to Carl's many years ago when I lived in l.a. I've been to JnJ's, JR's and Phillips, again many years ago and loved them all. We now live in Ventura. Anything in Ventura county comparable? If I were getting in the car right now I would head for JnJ's. All the posts I can find are several years old. Any new places to consider? Is JnJ still as good as always? I want to make this special for her so the geography doesn't matter it's the food. Thanks for all your help.

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    1. My new favorite is Big Mista's BBQ. Not in Ventura county I'm afraid. They're in Atwater Village farmers market on Saturdays. I drive out there from the west side, just for the Q.

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        1. re: munchabout

          i was looking at options in ventura and found simply marvelous bbq. guess who one of the pitmasters is? none other than mr. strawder! they're a caterer, so this is of no help to the op.

          1. re: raizans

            THAT's funny ... thanks raiz ... have to keep that in mind for parties ... maybe Superbowl, huh?

            1. re: raizans

              Just wanted to clear up a factual error. Calling Neil one of the Simply Marvelous pimasters isn't exactly correct. Steph Franklin runs Simply Marvelous and when he books the occasional huge gig and needs another cook, he will call friends like Neil for backup. They cook Steph's way, he's the boss.

              Simply Marvelous doesn't vend on a regular schedule like BigMista does. Steph just does the more traditional, on-site catering type BBQ for parties, corporate events, and so on.

              Steph and Neil are both friends of mine from the contest circuit, so I'm not allowed to offer my opinion on their food (site rules), but I can correct factual errors..

          2. Order the Brisket and Pork Ribs at Bludso's BBQ and you will be a star with your granddaughter:

            Bludso's BBQ
            811 S. Long Beach Blvd,
            South of the 105 Freeway
            310 637-1342


            Exile Kiss's review of Bludso's BBQ:



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            1. re: Norm Man

              Strong second. It's worth the drive.

              1. re: jblee


                Best BBQ in town.

                Just went there last weekend and got a slab of ribs and a whole chicken with sauce on the side. SO GOOD! Definitely worth the drive.

            2. I can save you some time and drive, yet probably not money, by recommending you just head for Sherman Oaks and try the ribs at the Boneyard Bistro, on Ventura a couple of blocks east of Woodman.
              Many posts on chowhound, pro and con, but there is no saucing on the ribs, just smokin good smoke. If you are looking for sauce, options are available and will be served in a side container.
              Dare you to not like the side dishes and the ribs.
              Now whether they are the kind of ribs you are looking for, well......

              Boneyard Bistro
              13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                1. re: rtom816

                  I've went about 2-3 weeks ago but didn't have the BBQ, which I love. I tried their burgers and damn good burgers.

                  1. re: reality check

                    Thank you, Check, looks like ,,, if the rain cooperates ... we'll be at JnJ tomorrow. I'll be sure to provide a report back to y'all. Thank you so much to all of you 'hounds for the usual great feedback. This is such a brilliant resource.