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Smoke, Sizzle, and Sauce: Eater's First Ever Barbecue Week Starts RIGHT NOW

LA's barbecue scene blends new, old, and international styles

Timothy Hollingsworth at Barrel & Ashes, Studio City
Timothy Hollingsworth at Barrel & Ashes, Studio City
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 ultimate LA barbecue experience starts with smoke, the bright sun beating down on the concrete jungle, and the loud din of traffic. Yes, stop by any South LA joint like Phillips, Bludso's, or JNJ to experience this town's quintessential barbecue. From that foundation, the city's grown a few newer school places, earnest homages to Texas and other centers of American barbecue.

And beyond that, Los Angeles boasts a number of international barbecue styles, because sometimes barbecue doesn't involve a slow-and-low smoking process. Starting right now and ending around 5 p.m. on Friday, Eater LA will be all about that smokey wood-fired goodness, from South LA up into the Valley and even all the way up the California Central Coast for our area's most significant style of barbecue.

Also on our Instagram, we'll be regramming the best #eaterla hashtagged photos of BARBECUE. If you want that handy-dandy regram (and maybe pick up a few extra followers/likes along the way), be sure to add #eaterla.

Finally, do you have any barbecue intel for us? That secret spot that no one knows about yet? Hit the tipline at and we'll investigate.