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Finding the Most Overlooked Barbecue Spots in Los Angeles

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Is this man out there, tending your favorite barbecue pit?
Is this man out there, tending your favorite barbecue pit?

Are you the type of person who hears about LA’s supposed barbecue struggles and gets all riled up? The one defending that out-of-the-way place with the great ribs to your friends and family, only to be met with a shrug? Eater wants to hear from you.

What are the awesome barbecue places in greater Los Angeles that don’t get enough (or, really, any) love? Everyone knows about (the admittedly awesome) places like Horse Thief at Grand Central Market, or Bludso’s in Compton, and there's no shortage of fans shouting about the beef ribs at Phillips Bar-B-Que or the brisket at Maple Block. But there are certainly more options around town that don’t get the same kind of attention, right? So what are they?

Here are a couple of choices to get you started:


Hiatus Urban Barbecue.simple barbecue plate spot in the heart of Mid-City, Hiatus took over the former Mondo Taco strip mall storefront in 2014 and has made it shine. Keeping a farmers market ethos with their sides while doing everything from brisket to pulled pork to chicken on the plate, this place has become a local favorite. They’ve even got barbecue burritos, plus sandwiches, salads and wraps. 1292 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-City.

Morfia’s Ribs & Pies. This Lincoln Boulevard stop-off has been around since 2013 and carries a consistent four stars on Yelp. It’s a homey wood-wrapped spot meant to replicate the feel of a Texas barbecue roadhouse, complete with red tablecloths, while serving up equally classic iterations of pork and beef ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and sausage. The prices may be a bit elevated for the decor (this is the Westside after all), but it’s no Barrel & Ashes — just slow-smoked meats made in a brick barbecue pit. 4077 Lincoln Blvd., Marina del Rey.

Hambone’s BBQ. With two locations (one each in Bellflower and Huntington Beach), Hambone’s is a Southeast LA favorite with a Mississippi backbone. Pitmaster Kenny Hamilton (hence the Hambone) actually designed and built his own massive hickory smoker years ago, and now both locations turn out full pork rib racks, sides, and bread for only $32 a pop. You’ll also find smoked chicken, tri-tip, brisket, pulled pork, and all the usual accoutrements, along with some southern favorites like fried catfish, po’ boys, and weekend gumbo. Heck, they even do tacos. 9342 Alondra Blvd., Bellflower.

Hambone's BBQ Joshua Lurie

Photo: Joshua Lurie

So what other places aren’t people talking about? Share your love and stick up for your local barbecue spot in the comments below.

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