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12 Smoky Barbecue Destinations in the San Fernando Valley

Where to get the good, smoked stuff in the 818

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For years South LA was considered the LA mecca for barbecue, as places like Bludso's in Compton and Phillip's held sway over the rest of the city. Folks would drive south in search of the next best ribs and brisket joint, often managing the massive commute from parts well north in the San Fernando Valley.

Well thankfully that's no longer true today, as great smoked meat can be found all over the city — including in more than a dozen spots in and around the Valley proper. There are lots of iconic options like the longstanding Dr. Hogly Wogly's and the more modern Boneyard Bistro, but a wave of newer iterations have come through in recent years as well, eager to up the Valley's meat game. Here you'll find a collection of the strongest of those efforts, from the weekend-only Handy Market option in Burbank to one of the most eclectic dining experiences you can have anywhere at Buffalo Bruce's in Sylmar. Here are twelve Valley barbecue options to know about.

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1. 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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While not everyone is a fan of the good Dr. Hogly Wogly, there’s no denying the place’s history in the greater Valley barbecue lexicon. A Texas-style adherent with a kitschy vibe, the Van Nuys option has been around for decades working a menu full of beef ribs and brisket.

2. The Bear Pit Barbeque

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10825 Sepulveda Blvd
Mission Hills, CA 91345
(818) 365-2509
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A Mission Hills staple with a family vibe, Bear Pit knocks out a Missouri-influenced menu full of baby back ribs in sauce, brisket, and smoked meats like turkey, lamb, and even ham. Expect a blend of diner booths and sawdust-covered floors inside, with the occasional wagon wheel chandelier to boot.

3. Handy Market

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2514 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 848-3330
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Though the market is going on fifty years in business, the Saturday only barbecue is relatively new at a decade old. It’s drawn a crowd almost since day one though, with customers lining up for smoked chicken, ribs, links, and lots of other great stuff sold by the pound.

4. Boneyard Bistro

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13539 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 906-7427
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This Ventura Boulevard slow-cooking staple is more than fan favorite: it’s a neighborhood institution. Mixing straight-up barbecue with bistro fare and craft beer, Boneyard is an option for the modern diner who needs more than just some butcher paper and a picnic table.

5. Barrel & Ashes

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11801 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 623-8883
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Pricey newcomer Barrel & Ashes has been turning up the smoke in Studio City for a while now, to a discerning clientele of regulars and travelers looking to enjoy some grub from chef Timothy Hollingsworth and his team. Open lunch through dinner, this is the place for a casual midday sandwich or blow-out evening meal with friends of piles of high quality meat.

6. The Pit BBQ

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207 E Alameda Ave
Burbank, CA 91502
Don’t expect much in the way of frills at The Pit in Burbank, where a full rack of baby backs runs well under $30 and the decor is mostly just a bunch of picnic tables pushed into a storefront space. Folks have been crowding in for lunch since 2014 though, opting for chopped brisket sandwiches or the popular wings.

7. The Hollywood Way BBQ

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1333 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 845-4400
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A pan-regional barbecue spot in Burbank The Hollywood Way is as much a bar as it is a barbecue spot. The main draw may well be the Carolina pulled pork or the Kansas-style pork ribs, while tri-tip also remains popular. You’ll find burgers, sandwiches, nachos and more on the menu as well, along with a strong drink menu and lots of TVs hanging from the walls.

8. Texas Best BBQ

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12123 Riverside Dr
Valley Village, CA 91607
(818) 761-8451
A true hole in the wall, this Valley Village staple does everything from brisket to tri-tip to with just a few chairs inside. No matter, the focus is as it should be — on the smoker in the back.

9. Big Pop's BBQ & Grill

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10755 Glenoaks Blvd
Pacoima, CA 91331
(818) 896-5599
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A strip mall spot serving strongly sauced ribs, Pacoima’s Big Pop’s is a local favorite that leans on its popular sides like corn bread while serving some strong tri-tip and ribs.

10. Buffalo Bruce's Mercantile

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13661 Hubbard St
Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 362-8677
This Sylmar option is an eclectic stop-off for anyone in the area, serving everything from coffee and breakfast plates to grilled cheese sandwiches and smoked chicken sliders. There are full racks of ribs and well-smoked tri-tip options as well, along with an owner that’s among the kindest souls in the Valley.

11. Swingin Door Texas Bbq

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11018 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 763-8989
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A popular North Hollywood option with a Texas heart, Swingin’ Door does everything from tri-tip to pulled pork, though the most popular order is almost always the brisket. Grab combo plates of a bunch of stuff, or opt for by-the-pound ordering with a slew of sides like chili cheese fries.

12. Rosie's BBQ

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8930 Corbin Ave
Northridge, CA 91324
A Northridge favorite just off Nordhoff Way, Rosie’s is a longtime classic that's been decked out to recreate the stagecoach days. As much a place for grilled meats as smoked, Rosie’s is a convenient option for anyone in the area, and comes with a strong array of sides — plus a salad bar.

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1. Dr. Hogly Wogly's Tyler Texas BBQ

8136 Sepulveda Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91402
While not everyone is a fan of the good Dr. Hogly Wogly, there’s no denying the place’s history in the greater Valley barbecue lexicon. A Texas-style adherent with a kitschy vibe, the Van Nuys option has been around for decades working a menu full of beef ribs and brisket.
8136 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91402

2. The Bear Pit Barbeque

10825 Sepulveda Blvd, Mission Hills, CA 91345
A Mission Hills staple with a family vibe, Bear Pit knocks out a Missouri-influenced menu full of baby back ribs in sauce, brisket, and smoked meats like turkey, lamb, and even ham. Expect a blend of diner booths and sawdust-covered floors inside, with the occasional wagon wheel chandelier to boot.
10825 Sepulveda Blvd
Mission Hills, CA 91345

3. Handy Market

2514 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505
Though the market is going on fifty years in business, the Saturday only barbecue is relatively new at a decade old. It’s drawn a crowd almost since day one though, with customers lining up for smoked chicken, ribs, links, and lots of other great stuff sold by the pound.
2514 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

4. Boneyard Bistro

13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
This Ventura Boulevard slow-cooking staple is more than fan favorite: it’s a neighborhood institution. Mixing straight-up barbecue with bistro fare and craft beer, Boneyard is an option for the modern diner who needs more than just some butcher paper and a picnic table.
13539 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

5. Barrel & Ashes

11801 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Pricey newcomer Barrel & Ashes has been turning up the smoke in Studio City for a while now, to a discerning clientele of regulars and travelers looking to enjoy some grub from chef Timothy Hollingsworth and his team. Open lunch through dinner, this is the place for a casual midday sandwich or blow-out evening meal with friends of piles of high quality meat.
11801 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

6. The Pit BBQ

207 E Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91502
Don’t expect much in the way of frills at The Pit in Burbank, where a full rack of baby backs runs well under $30 and the decor is mostly just a bunch of picnic tables pushed into a storefront space. Folks have been crowding in for lunch since 2014 though, opting for chopped brisket sandwiches or the popular wings.
207 E Alameda Ave
Burbank, CA 91502

7. The Hollywood Way BBQ

1333 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505
A pan-regional barbecue spot in Burbank The Hollywood Way is as much a bar as it is a barbecue spot. The main draw may well be the Carolina pulled pork or the Kansas-style pork ribs, while tri-tip also remains popular. You’ll find burgers, sandwiches, nachos and more on the menu as well, along with a strong drink menu and lots of TVs hanging from the walls.
1333 N Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505

8. Texas Best BBQ

12123 Riverside Dr, Valley Village, CA 91607
A true hole in the wall, this Valley Village staple does everything from brisket to tri-tip to with just a few chairs inside. No matter, the focus is as it should be — on the smoker in the back.
12123 Riverside Dr
Valley Village, CA 91607

9. Big Pop's BBQ & Grill

10755 Glenoaks Blvd, Pacoima, CA 91331
A strip mall spot serving strongly sauced ribs, Pacoima’s Big Pop’s is a local favorite that leans on its popular sides like corn bread while serving some strong tri-tip and ribs.
10755 Glenoaks Blvd
Pacoima, CA 91331

10. Buffalo Bruce's Mercantile

13661 Hubbard St, Sylmar, CA 91342
This Sylmar option is an eclectic stop-off for anyone in the area, serving everything from coffee and breakfast plates to grilled cheese sandwiches and smoked chicken sliders. There are full racks of ribs and well-smoked tri-tip options as well, along with an owner that’s among the kindest souls in the Valley.
13661 Hubbard St
Sylmar, CA 91342

11. Swingin Door Texas Bbq

11018 Vanowen St, North Hollywood, CA 91605
A popular North Hollywood option with a Texas heart, Swingin’ Door does everything from tri-tip to pulled pork, though the most popular order is almost always the brisket. Grab combo plates of a bunch of stuff, or opt for by-the-pound ordering with a slew of sides like chili cheese fries.
11018 Vanowen St
North Hollywood, CA 91605

12. Rosie's BBQ

8930 Corbin Ave, Northridge, CA 91324
A Northridge favorite just off Nordhoff Way, Rosie’s is a longtime classic that's been decked out to recreate the stagecoach days. As much a place for grilled meats as smoked, Rosie’s is a convenient option for anyone in the area, and comes with a strong array of sides — plus a salad bar.
8930 Corbin Ave
Northridge, CA 91324

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