From Michael Lippman's Blog on Eat, Drink or Die -
MY TOP 10+ BARBECUE JOINTS IN L.A.
by Michael Lippman Thursday October 16, 2008
I'm not a big fan of Porky's, so why is it on my list? Because a big part of loving barbecue is being opinionated about it, and when a place gets a lot of praise, and you think it’s overrated, you gotta say so. The ribs are served on a skillet, atop onions and peppers, loudly sizzling when delivered – which might be a tradition somewhere, but I’ve never seen it before.I've had the ribs twice now, six months apart, and both times I had exactly the same notes. (Yes, believe it or not, I've been writing this article for months) There's a caramelization about the rib I really like, and some bites are incredibly delicious in a kind of Chinese sparerib way. But the meat is not suffused with barbecue-ness. It's bland. There's no flavor in the middle of the meat. It's like neither the cooking process nor the spice reached the center of the rib, and that's just death. As they say so haughtily in the Wine Spectator: “tasted twice with consistent notes”.
3. BABY BLUE S
4. BONEYARD BISTRO
5. DR. HOGLEY WOGLEY’S
6. KANSAS CITY BBQ
7 & 8. JR’s & J & J’s
10. PHILLIPS BBQ
11. NY BBQ
12. BENNY’S BBQ
13. SPRING STREET SMOKE HOUSE
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