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.