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.
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..
Order the Brisket and Pork Ribs at Bludso's BBQ and you will be a star with your granddaughter:
811 S. Long Beach Blvd,
South of the 105 Freeway
Exile Kiss's review of Bludso's BBQ:
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......
13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423