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Charcoal, A Smoky New Kansas City-Style BBQ in Silver Lake

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Bourbon, smoked meat, and craft beer collide on the Eastside.

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.

The barbecue trend isn't stopping yet in Los Angeles, with yet another smoky spot hitting Silver Lake in the form of Charcoal. Replacing the old Lago D'argento Pizzeria as of yesterday along Hyperion, chef Jeremy Zimmerman (Sunset Marquis) has personally brought over a 1,700 pound smoker right into the heart of the Eastside, with everything from baby back ribs and brisket, to kelbasa and andouille sausages coming out of its iron belly. It's the meat-centric celebration that Silver Lake denizens never knew they wanted.

Partnered with Anat Escher (Barberella, Bugatta), Zimmerman brings his native Kansas City barbecue featuring slow-smoked 'cue that takes up to 15 hours to prepare. KC-style barbecue tends to boast tomato and molasses-heavy sauce that gets slathered right onto the meat, versus more austere Texas-style servings.

Drink offerings are plentiful, including bourbon-based cocktails like O' Bloody Hell, mixing blood orange, bourbon, lime, agave, and fresno chili slices. The craft beer selection is no slouch either, with Ballast Point Victory at Sea Imperial Porter or Finest Kind IPA from Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Open 4 p.m. to close, seven days a week.

2611 N. Hyperion Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

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