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Mendocino Farms Building Smokehouse With Hometown BBQ's Billy Durney

The new smokehouse won't be open to the public but will supply smoked pastrami to Mendocino's sandwich shops

Mendocino Farms, Sherman Oaks
Mendocino Farms, Sherman Oaks
Elizabeth Daniels
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Mendocino Farms is serious about their new Smokehouse project, which will pit 'cue master Billy Durney from Brooklyn's Hometown Bar-B-Que with a sizeable new production facility in El Segundo. Along with Drago's baking operation, the new dedicated facility will supply Mendocino's sandwich shops around town with some of the best smoked pastrami in town.

Collaborating chef Durney will help set up the Texas brisket-style pastrami operation, which will also smoke things like turkey, pork, and beef brisket. Mendocino's Mario del Pero has been hot on the smoking trend for some time now, employing The Ugly Drum's Erik Black and Joe Marcos' pop-up at Mendocino locations around town. But the commitment to smoked meats will take another level with this new smokehouse. Look for these smoked meats to hit the eight Mendocino outlets some time in January.