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Aug 10, 2012 02:24 PM

Best Lil' Porkhouse, new BBQ in San Rafael

This new barbecue place in San Rafael opened two weeks ago after the usual delays with permits. It's on the Miracle Mile (2042 4th St.), next door to Red Boy Pizza, in the location formerly occupied by High Tech Burrito. It's almost hidden in the corner of the small strip mall as you drive by so there's a sign on the sidewalk to help with that.

I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was very good and a generous portion. The meat had obviously been smoked, and it was both tender and moist with good flavor. The sauces were fine for me; I liked the spicy and sweet mixed. My choice of sides was the baked beans, quite good especially if you like them on the sweet side which I do. Are they as complex as the great beans at the newly-reopened Pack Jack's in Sebastopol? No, but they're good anyway. They also have brisket and ribs and I look forward to trying both.

It's a small place with a few small high tables with stools. Lots of take-out seemed to be going on. The noon business was brisk; it seems to already have been discovered. Barbecue fans, give this place a try.

Several enthusiastic yelp reports:

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  1. I didn't know the very friendly owner (whose daughter also works there) is an Olympic gold medalist in tennis!

    Here's their website:

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    1. A friend and I tried this place last night and loved the food as well as the lovely people there. I had the sliders plate which was three (not small at all) sandwiches with chicken, brisket and pulled pork. Delicious and to be honest such a large portion I could finish only 2 of the sandwiches at dinner. I got the creamed corn as side and it was pretty good too. My friend got the pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw on it and the fried okra side. He pretty much inhaled it. The fried okra was darned good to. Everything felt very freshly made. I am no bbq expert but the meat quality was very high and my favorite was the pork. I also really enjoyed the bread which was properly toasted and stood up to the meat inside.
      We also got to taste a sample of the gooey butter cake and oh my god it was amazing! We were too full to get dessert last evening but next time for sure.
      The service was great - a few phone orders came by while we were there and two cops stopped by as well. The word is out it seems. Do try it especially if you are in the area.

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      1. re: jhinky

        According to their website they're using Prather beef, Snake River farms pork (Kurobuta/Berkshire) and Mary's chicken. That's some pretty good quality!

      2. Agreed. The three behind the counter are the friendliest, BEST guys — and, the brisket and pulled pork satisfied my longing. While it doesn't surpass Austin's Franklin BBQ or Snow's in Lexington, TX... it's a happy drive on Hwy 101 from San Francisco to San Rafael. I am more than just pleased overall with the brisket, pulled pork, mac 'n cheese, fried okra and the sweet potato tots, and the gooey butter cake. I am sitting here rereading the menu and planning the next visit to the Best Lil' Porkhouse with my check list. Go ahead, Like them on facebook.

        1. I can't believe that there is a real BBQ place in Marin. Had the pulled pork sandwich today, and it was as good as any I have tried in the South. The brisket at the table next to me looked great, and I'll have it next time.

          And, yes, the staff was awfully nice, too

          1. I "wish" they could expand into the empty space next door to have a larger kitchen and more customer seating. Can't you just imagine the deliciousness that would come out of a bigger kitchen? This is just too good to miss.
            maybe there will be a relocation in the future... more parking! well, a gal can only wish.