Second best place for BBQ?
Following the death of its masterful Q-chef Joe Johnson, Johnson's BBQ in Portola has closed, RIP. I know there have are many BBQ posts on the board, but I am looking for recommendations for the closest thing to Johnson's in the City or East Bay--Southern style ribs, tender, sauce not dry rub, good heat and--most elusive of all--great value (Johnson's was $18 for a full rack) and family-style warmth of service.
After about three attempts I finally got Johnson's to serve me ribs without sauce, and they did indeed have rub on them. That place had very little business and their bbq suffered because of it IMO. There sauce was quite good though, as was other things they cooked to order such as the fried chicken wings.
Similar styles would be Big Nates in SF and Everett & Jones throughout the east bay.
Big Nate's Bar-B-Que
1665 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103