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A slew of slides from Bludso’s Bar & Que on La Brea.
A slew of slides from Bludso’s Bar & Que on La Brea.
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14 Scene-Stealing Barbecue Sides in Los Angeles

Baked beans, collard greens, Salvadoran rice, and more

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A slew of slides from Bludso’s Bar & Que on La Brea.
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Meat tends to get all the glory when it comes to barbecue, but well-prepared sides deserve the spotlight, too. For anyone looking to move meat from the center of their meals or just to fill up on more veggies, these classic and only-in-LA side dishes are sure to satisfy. From dainty deviled eggs topped with crisp bacon to Filipino-style sweet cornbread and even Salvadoran rice, here now are 14 fantastic barbecue sides that steal the show in Los Angeles.

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1. Banana Pudding at Zef BBQ

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Served in quart deli containers, the layered banana pudding at Zef BBQ is maybe the perfect after-barbecue dessert. Just sweet enough, just crunchy and fluffy and airy enough (thanks to lots of cream and vanilla wafers, respectively), it’s the perfect end-around to all that fattiness from Zef’s brisket and beef ribs.

2. Baked Beans at Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ

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8136 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91402
(818) 780-6701
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There’s something about stepping onto the astroturf patio at Dr. Hogly Wogly’s that immediately transports one to Texas, or at least to Los Angeles circa 1969. This timeless institution is known for its brisket but don’t skip the thick, sweetened barbecue baked beans. They’re a standout dish worth the drive to Van Nuys.

3. Bacon Deviled Eggs at Boneyard Bistro

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13539 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 906-7427
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Boneyard Bistro takes a maximalist approach when it comes to deviled eggs. The addition of crispy bacon strips, smoked jalapeños, and a bit of Sriracha makes these deviled eggs a meal unto themselves — and simply irresistible.

Bacon Deviled Eggs at Boneyard Bistro.
Bacon Deviled Eggs at Boneyard Bistro
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4. Cucumber Salad at Max City BBQ

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One of the lightest and most satisfying sides in Los Angeles is the pickled cucumber salad at Max City BBQ. The quick and punchy pickle pairs terrifically with the house-special baby back ribs, brisket, and more.

5. Bludso's Bar & Que

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609 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931-2583
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The collard greens at Bludso’s BBQ go down easy along with all that Texas-style barbecue. The secret to Kevin Bludso’s pitch-perfect greens is the turkey necks braised down with them — a flavor-amplifying trick he learned from his mom.

6. Cornbread Bibingka at the Park's Finest BBQ

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1267 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 481-2800
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The cornbread at the Park’s Finest in Echo Park gets a Filipino twist. The cornmeal and rice flour batter is baked in banana leaves for a dense and sweet side to pair with hot links, pulled pork, and tri-tip.

7. Mac and Cheese at Spring Street Smokehouse BBQ

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640 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-0535
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For pure cheesy bliss, it’s all about the macaroni and cheese at Spring Street Smokehouse in Chinatown. The nearly 15-year-old smoked meat staple happens to have some of the best noodles and cheese in the city, loaded with bread crumbs and just the right amount of black pepper on top. Whereas lots of other cheesy sides can get stodgy over the course of a day, the mac here is rich, creamy, and satisfying.

8. Blue Cheese and Bacon Potato Salad at Horse Thief

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324 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 625-0341
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The potato salad at Grand Central Market’s Horse Thief is as good — an unexpected — as it gets. Forget versions that lean too heavily on mayonnaise and try this vinegary take that brings together potatoes, bacon, and funky blue cheese.

9. Street Corn at Gold Land BBQ

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5754 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 452-9575
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What’s more LA-meets-barbecue than grilled corn on the cob crusted with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dust? Lots of places these days do esquites as a side, but few do grilled corn in as funked-up and delicious a way as Gold Land.

10. Pimiento Cheese Sandwich at Maple Block Meat Company

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3973 Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90230
(310) 313-6328
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There’s something quintessentially southern about the pimiento cheese sandwich served at Culver City’s Maple Block. The anchovy-spiked cheese, which comes smooshed between two slices of soft white bread, makes for a light starter or a heftier side.

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Pimiento Cheese Sandwich at Maple Block Meat Company
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11. Hush Puppies at Baby Blues BBQ

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444 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 396-7675
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It’s hard to go wrong with deep-fried cornbread nuggets served with cinnamon-honey butter. When these piping-hot puppies hit the table with crispy crusts and tender-sweet insides, it’s a formidable challenge to save room for anything else.

12. Barbecued Baked Beans at Bootsy’s BBQ

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View Park-Windsor Hills, CA

This View Park/Windsor Hills pop-up is in high demand because owner Armond Keys (aka Bootsy) has perfected his salmon, brisket, and beef and pork ribs. The sides are worthy of inspection too, like the mac and cheese, greens, and especially the barbecue baked beans that pack a slight heat. Check Bootsy’s Instagram to make sure he’s operating before heading over.

13. Salvadoran Rice at Ray’s BBQ

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6038 Santa Fe Ave
Huntington Park, CA 90255
(310) 689-6353
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The rice seems like it would be the fourth-most appealing side dish on a platter that features mac and cheese, potato salad, and coleslaw. But this version comes studded with chunks of smoked meat, plus Salvadoran spices, which makes this side dish one of the best in town.

Barbecue from Ray’s Halal Texas BBQ in Huntington Park.
Salvadoran Rice at Ray’s BBQ
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14. Greens and Cornbread Muffins at Ribs in LA

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5931 South La Brea Ave
Windsor Hills, CA 90056

Greens and cornbread muffins — you almost can’t have one without the other at Ribs in LA. Each is stellar, but they’re also symbiotic, best when mixed together for a sopping, slightly smoked good time.

Ribs in LA, a pop up that sells on the streets, turns out crispy rib tips with lots of sauce from a styrofoam container.
Saucy rib tips from Ribs in LA.
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1. Banana Pudding at Zef BBQ

Simi Valley, CA

Served in quart deli containers, the layered banana pudding at Zef BBQ is maybe the perfect after-barbecue dessert. Just sweet enough, just crunchy and fluffy and airy enough (thanks to lots of cream and vanilla wafers, respectively), it’s the perfect end-around to all that fattiness from Zef’s brisket and beef ribs.

2. Baked Beans at Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ

8136 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91402

There’s something about stepping onto the astroturf patio at Dr. Hogly Wogly’s that immediately transports one to Texas, or at least to Los Angeles circa 1969. This timeless institution is known for its brisket but don’t skip the thick, sweetened barbecue baked beans. They’re a standout dish worth the drive to Van Nuys.

8136 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91402

3. Bacon Deviled Eggs at Boneyard Bistro

13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Bacon Deviled Eggs at Boneyard&nbsp;Bistro.
Bacon Deviled Eggs at Boneyard Bistro
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Boneyard Bistro takes a maximalist approach when it comes to deviled eggs. The addition of crispy bacon strips, smoked jalapeños, and a bit of Sriracha makes these deviled eggs a meal unto themselves — and simply irresistible.

13539 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

4. Cucumber Salad at Max City BBQ

Los Angeles, CA

One of the lightest and most satisfying sides in Los Angeles is the pickled cucumber salad at Max City BBQ. The quick and punchy pickle pairs terrifically with the house-special baby back ribs, brisket, and more.

5. Bludso's Bar & Que

609 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The collard greens at Bludso’s BBQ go down easy along with all that Texas-style barbecue. The secret to Kevin Bludso’s pitch-perfect greens is the turkey necks braised down with them — a flavor-amplifying trick he learned from his mom.

609 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

6. Cornbread Bibingka at the Park's Finest BBQ

1267 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The cornbread at the Park’s Finest in Echo Park gets a Filipino twist. The cornmeal and rice flour batter is baked in banana leaves for a dense and sweet side to pair with hot links, pulled pork, and tri-tip.

1267 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

7. Mac and Cheese at Spring Street Smokehouse BBQ

640 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

For pure cheesy bliss, it’s all about the macaroni and cheese at Spring Street Smokehouse in Chinatown. The nearly 15-year-old smoked meat staple happens to have some of the best noodles and cheese in the city, loaded with bread crumbs and just the right amount of black pepper on top. Whereas lots of other cheesy sides can get stodgy over the course of a day, the mac here is rich, creamy, and satisfying.

640 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

8. Blue Cheese and Bacon Potato Salad at Horse Thief

324 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

The potato salad at Grand Central Market’s Horse Thief is as good — an unexpected — as it gets. Forget versions that lean too heavily on mayonnaise and try this vinegary take that brings together potatoes, bacon, and funky blue cheese.

324 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

9. Street Corn at Gold Land BBQ

5754 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

What’s more LA-meets-barbecue than grilled corn on the cob crusted with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dust? Lots of places these days do esquites as a side, but few do grilled corn in as funked-up and delicious a way as Gold Land.

5754 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

10. Pimiento Cheese Sandwich at Maple Block Meat Company

3973 Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90230
Pimiento Cheese Sandwich<span data-author="-1"> at Maple Block Meat&nbsp;Company.</span>
Pimiento Cheese Sandwich at Maple Block Meat Company
Cathy Chaplin

There’s something quintessentially southern about the pimiento cheese sandwich served at Culver City’s Maple Block. The anchovy-spiked cheese, which comes smooshed between two slices of soft white bread, makes for a light starter or a heftier side.

3973 Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90230

11. Hush Puppies at Baby Blues BBQ

444 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

It’s hard to go wrong with deep-fried cornbread nuggets served with cinnamon-honey butter. When these piping-hot puppies hit the table with crispy crusts and tender-sweet insides, it’s a formidable challenge to save room for anything else.

444 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

12. Barbecued Baked Beans at Bootsy’s BBQ

View Park, View Park-Windsor Hills, CA

This View Park/Windsor Hills pop-up is in high demand because owner Armond Keys (aka Bootsy) has perfected his salmon, brisket, and beef and pork ribs. The sides are worthy of inspection too, like the mac and cheese, greens, and especially the barbecue baked beans that pack a slight heat. Check Bootsy’s Instagram to make sure he’s operating before heading over.

View Park
View Park-Windsor Hills, CA

13. Salvadoran Rice at Ray’s BBQ

6038 Santa Fe Ave, Huntington Park, CA 90255
Barbecue from Ray’s Halal Texas BBQ in Huntington Park.
Salvadoran Rice at Ray’s BBQ
Matthew Kang

The rice seems like it would be the fourth-most appealing side dish on a platter that features mac and cheese, potato salad, and coleslaw. But this version comes studded with chunks of smoked meat, plus Salvadoran spices, which makes this side dish one of the best in town.

6038 Santa Fe Ave
Huntington Park, CA 90255

14. Greens and Cornbread Muffins at Ribs in LA

5931 South La Brea Ave, Windsor Hills, CA 90056
Ribs in LA, a pop up that sells on the streets, turns out crispy rib tips with lots of sauce from a styrofoam container.
Saucy rib tips from Ribs in LA.
Farley Elliott

Greens and cornbread muffins — you almost can’t have one without the other at Ribs in LA. Each is stellar, but they’re also symbiotic, best when mixed together for a sopping, slightly smoked good time.

5931 South La Brea Ave
Windsor Hills, CA 90056

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