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The best barbecue caterer in the greater Los Angeles area

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I'm hosting a party and looking for a caterer to do on-sight preparation, outdoors. They would bring their own setup (s) and cook throughout the party. I know you all have your favorites and I'm hoping to find the best for a group of foodies who're coming into town from various areas outside of Los Angeles.
I don't have a budget for this....I'm aiming for a barbecue party with fabulous, memorable food.
Thanks so much in advance.

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  1. http://bigmista.com/

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    1. re: wienermobile

      ditto on Big Mista

      1. re: Nicole

        Some of the best brisket I've had in LA.

        1. re: wienermobile

          Not only is the brisket good but BigMista hisownbadself is worth the price of admission. (Be sure to ask for Moink Balls as part of the menu).

          1. re: wienermobile

            I can't tell you all...how much I appreciate your recommendation(s). I'm going to begin some tastings of those you've listed in the next few days and I'll surely get back to you.
            I also appreciate the listing of the locations BigMista will be ....thanks mazook and wienermobile.

        2. re: wienermobile

          SUNDAY | 10AM – 2PM

          Atwater Village
          Wells Fargo Parking Lot
          3250 Glendale Boulevard

          TUESDAY | 8AM – 1PM

          Torrance
          Charles H Wilson Park
          2200 Crenshaw Boulevard

          THURSDAY | 3PM – 7PM

          El Segundo
          Main Street & Pine Avenue

          FRIDAY | 3PM – 7PM

          Echo Park
          Parking Lot #663 on Logan Street
          Sunset Boulevard & Logan Street

          SATURDAY | 8AM – 1PM

          Torrance
          Charles H Wilson Park
          2200 Crenshaw Boulevard

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          Bigmista's Barbecue
          Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, CA

        3. the park's finest: filipino-style bbq. the smoked beef ribs, pork spare ribs, and chicken are unreal, even with just the dry rub. the sauce is not to be missed either. they go all the way with the side dishes, too, and the cornbread bibingka...i want some now.

          bludso's: definitely the way to go for traditional barbecue. the best brisket and spare ribs in socal. the sauce, sides, and desserts are also a cut above the rest.

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          1. re: raizans

            I had Park's Finest and wasn't impressed at all. Both the pork spare ribs and tri tip was dry and chewy.

            1. re: reality check

              since they only do catering, there's little way of knowing how consistent they are. both of us have only sampled it once, after all. there are lots of reviews on yelp, almost all of them very positive, even the ones from the event you went to (tnparty, right?). it's too bad they weren't able to make all of their barbecue as good as it can be.

              1. re: raizans

                Speak for yourself. They also do special events. I first tried them, I got the tri tip because they were out of ribs, at an event in Little Toyko.

                The second time was a catered party and that's when I had the spare ribs.

                1. re: reality check

                  tnparty *was* the event in little tokyo. there are a bunch of reviews on yelp from that event. if the meat really was consistently dry and chewy, the ratings would reflect that, but there are only a few low ratings. you're probably just having a streak of bad luck.

          2. Talk to Aaron Robins at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks. He caters many BBQ parties on site.

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            Boneyard Bistro
            13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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            1. re: carter

              But you may need a loan to afford his prices. One of the highest priced BBQ restaurants, I've ever been to.

              1. re: reality check

                But when you use a much better meat product to begin with, and order in a large quantity, the value is in line with most competitors.

            2. http://www.tresgauchos.com/index_en.asp

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              1. re: RicRios

                This link goes to a page with nothing but wallpaper. What the . . . ?

                1. re: Steve2 in LA

                  Looks like they went under. If you look at the cached version http://webcache.googleusercontent.com... they had a nice web site. But they probably put up the wallpaper when the business ceased operations.

                  1. re: Steve2 in LA

                    ???

                    Form their contact page:

                    Please, contact Carlos at (310) 991-8005

                2. Notley Que. Based in San Diego, but will for sure cater in LA. AMAZING brisket, pulled pork, burnt ends, even BBQ spaghetti and tofu for the vegetarians.