Restaurants

Barbecue in San Fernando Valley

Barrel & Ashes

Barbecue with a pedigree; there's a concept. This stylish shop was founded by alumni of the Napa Valley's famed French Laundry and smokes meats such as beef brisket and pork spare ribs over California red oak. The 1…
Barbecue in Long Beach & San Pedro

Beachwood BBQ

This friendly, open spot fronting the Promenade serves up dry-rubbed barbecue brisket, pulled pork, smoked chicken and ribs (try one of the house sauces) and has 22 beers on tap, including award-winning house brews …
Barbecue in Pasadena & the San Gabriel Valley

Gus's BBQ

In business since 1946 and under a neon sign, Gus's smokes its baby back ribs, chicken, brisket and more in pecan wood and serves them Memphis or St Louis style, alongside fried chicken and corn bread served in a sk…
Barbecue in Oceanside

That Boy Good

This shrine to the Mississippi Delta serves belly-busting portions of fried chicken and waffles, dirty fries (piled with chili) and Cajun catfish. Wash it all down with a craft or canned beer or the BBQ Bloody Mary,…
Barbecue in Seal Beach

Beachwood BBQ

Downtown’s barbecue hut ropes in regulars with fried pickles, meats smoked using peach, maple, red oak and avocado wood, buffalo sloppy joe sandwiches, and a cool selection of microbrews (check out the website’s ‘Ho…
Barbecue in Big Pine

Copper Top BBQ

This roadside barbecue spot is a Big Pine classic, drawing fans from far afield for its pork and tri-tip sandwiches and platters. Two picnic tables in a corrugated-iron shed provide shelter for eating in inclement w…
Barbecue in Napa

Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ

Inside an 1888 grocery store, Bounty Hunter has an Old West vibe and superb barbecue, made with house-smoked meats. The standout 'beer-can chicken' is a whole chicken roasted over a can of Tecate. Libations include …
Barbecue in Tecopa

McNeal's BBQ

Stop by here for finger-lickin' brisket, pulled pork or ribs served with a side of toothsome coleslaw or a fresh summer salad. It's not always open, so call ahead or take your chances.
Barbecue in Calistoga

Buster’s Southern BBQ

The sheriff dines at this indoor-outdoor barbecue joint, which serves smoky ribs, chicken, tri-tip steak and burgers, plus beer and wine. It closes early at dinnertime.
Barbecue in Capitola

Aptos St BBQ

A few miles east of Capitola in Aptos, Aptos St BBQ pairs smoked tri-tip beef and pulled pork with 37 different California craft beers on tap and live music nightly.