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Nov 1, 2012 09:56 AM

BBQ Brisket - LA Dish of the Month Nov 2012

After a very close vote, the dish of the month for LA for Nov 2012 is BBQ Brisket.

The goal is to collectively try as many versions of BBQ brisket as possible during the month of November! So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

Here's a link to the voting thread:

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  1. 1) Bludso's BBQ - In a class of its own. Just amazing.

    2) Smoke City Market - Tried the moist version. Very good, but not as juicy and smoked as Bludso's.

    3) Bigmista's Barbecue - I had it at the Century City Farmers Market. It was on the leaner side, with a very pronounced smoke ring, but was a bit dry. Still tasted good though, but I was a little disappointed by it. Will give it another go soon.

    18 Replies
    1. re: chrishei

      I second Bludso's bbq brisket. We always get an extra 1-2 pounds to go with their party tray and it still disappears before everything else.

      1. re: bulavinaka

        I am looking very forward to the new Bludso's on La Brea when it finally opens up.

        1. re: wienermobile

          Same here. Without looking at your link, do we have an ETA?

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            Last July they said end of this year, but I haven't heard anything since then.

      2. re: chrishei

        I really liked Smoke City's also. Have not had Bludso's or Big Mista's yet....

        Any one have any other restaurants to recommend? Like the one in Studio city (can't recall the name but its relatively new)?

        1. re: chrishei

          Care to post up some photos of the 3? :)

          I will be doing Smoqued and Rancho to Go BBQ from the OC with brisket pics when I get back in town next week.

          I think to make it fun we should make an effort to go this month, even if its one we've been to before and specifically post a picture of the brisket with an angled photo so we can see the top crust, the sliced center, and the smoke ring for comparison.

          Maybe even vote for best looking photo at the end of the month?

          1. re: Porthos

            Blake's Place is another to hit up in OC.

            1. re: JAB

              How about you do that one? ;)

              I don't know if my system can take 3 briskets this month especially considering I'm cooking breast of veal (which includes the brisket cut) for Thansgiving!

              1. re: Porthos

       you stuff the breast of veal? My grandmother and mom each made a wicked stuffed veal breast. Wish I had their recipe...yum!

                If you haven't tried the BBQ brisket from Blake's Place, you should. It's really quite excellent...and I do like their BBQ sauce which they sell by the bottle. I always have some around

                1. re: josephnl

                  Salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, olive oil. Slow toast 300 degrees for 5-6 hours. Serve with gremolata.

                  1. re: Porthos

                    Sounds simple, yet delicious. What time is dinner being served?

                  2. re: josephnl

                    I realize I'm bumping an old thread, but here I thought I was the only one obsessed with stuffed veal breast. I crave the version at Dominick's on Arthur Ave, and try to go every time I'm in NYC. Sadly it just doesn't seem like something you can find out here.

                    I swear every year that I'm going to make one myself, but have yet to actually attempt it.

              2. re: Porthos

                I have photos of all 3 on my blog and Flickr account, but the quality is pretty crappy...

                1. re: chrishei

                  Guess you'll have to do it again ;)

              3. re: chrishei

                I've also had Bludso's , Smoke City Market and Bigmista's Barbecue. - My vote, Smoke City Market and not only for their barbecued brisket but their PASTRAMI (also, technically a brisket). Best pastrami in town.

                1. re: Steve2 in LA

                  Big Mista does a great BBQ pastrami but they don't always have it.

                  1. re: Steve2 in LA

                    I've tried the pastrami at Smoke City too - basically a cured version of their lean brisket w/ a very peppery crust. Hate to say it, but wasn't impressed at all - tasted like the packaged slices I've had from Trader Joe's. Personally, I'd stick to the moist brisket + beef ribs there.

                  2. Love the brisket at Dr. Hoggly Woggly's. The other meats are meh, but that brisket and a side of beans and macaroni salad makes for one happy Buckeye.

                    1. Of everything in LA Big Mista's is the best I've had outside of Austin Texas, but Bludso's must be pretty darn great because every time I've gone it's been gone.

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                      1. re: wienermobile

                        It's not a dish that I've had a lot in LA. I like Big Mista's and Mess Hall does a pretty good one too.

                      2. Joey's BBQ, Chino. Large, thick slices of brisket that they put grill marks on for some reason, but the meat is tender and flavorful. Get it with some of their garlic bread and coleslaw on the side, then make yourself some killer sandwiches.


                        1. any non-american style bbq brisket?

                          asian style bbq brisket?

                          6 Replies
                          1. re: ns1

                            Let's put you and PeterCC on that! :)

                            All I know is the smoked brisket at Chef Hung's.

                            1. re: Porthos

                              I thought Red Medicine had a version?

                              1. re: JAB

                                Never tried it but you're right! The imperial wagyu beef brisket!

                                Maybe someone can do that with pics!!

                                  1. re: ns1

                                    Go get it! Take a picture with it sliced open!

                            2. re: ns1

                              I went to the most recent 626 night market at Santa Anita racetrack and tried an Asian Brisket Pro' boy from a booth called Bomb dot com. I thought maybe I was on one of those hidden camera shows because I couldn't bite through it. At all. Cheesy spam wonton was tasty though...