All Things Barbecue

All Things BBQ: Phil's

Any survey of San Diego’s barbecue scene would be woefully incomplete without considering the juggernaut of local ‘cue: Phil’s BBQ. (3750 Sports Arena Boulevard) Phil’s needs little introduction. The restaurant’s website runs a webcam so ...

All Things BBQ: Lightnin' Jack's

Clairemont barbecue joint dishes up huge piles of mediocre meat for cheap, proving that there's no way to cut corners.

Lightnin’ Jack’s (4705 Clairemont Drive) has some things going for it, not the least of which is the movie deal: 10 percent off if you show a same-day movie ticket from the Regal across the ...

All Things BBQ: the Wrangler Family Barbecue

In the wilds of East County, true pit barbecue awaits, ready to teach us all a thing or two about honest-to-goodness 'cue

After all that talk about barbecue without a legitimate smoking pit, meritorious as it may be, this is where shit gets real. Walk into the [Wrangler Family Barbecue]1, where a taxidermied bison overlooks the dining ...

All Things BBQ: Bubba's Smoke House

On the nature of sauce, its relevance to BBQ, and the best (and only) smoked ribs in La Jolla village.

If smoky flavor is the sine qua non of barbecued meat, then sauce is the desideratum. Barbecue without sauce is like the ocean without swell: beautiful, but where’s the fun? As much as meat choice, ...

All Things BBQ: Lil' Alex BBQ

A little bit about a new-ish Chula Vista barbecue joint and a lot about why there's no rushing barbecue.

Another entry in the barbecue-without-a-smoker category is Lil’ Alex BBQ (4020 Bonita Road, Chula Vista), a self-described “mesquite wood grill” where the meats get their smokiness from a smoky grill instead of the authentic barbecue ...

All Things BBQ: BBQ House

Smoking or non? And a bit about ersatz Carolina barbecue in OB.

The barbecue orthodoxy argues over much, but stays firm on one thing: barbecue must be smoked. That assumption demands to be challenged. As the late Naomi Wise, the Reader’s former restaurant critic, pointed out, smoking’s ...

All Things BBQ: Kansas City Barbeque

A primer on Kansas City-style 'cue, and a bit about the downtown restaurant of the same name.

Where’s a better place to start a San Diego barbecue excursion than Kansas City Barbeque (600 W. Harbor Drive), the place most famous for appearing in the movie Top Gun? There’s no escaping the anecdote ...

All Things BBQ: Prologue

In "celebration" of the McRib's return to San Diego's McDonald's, it's time to survey the wealth of barbecue that San Diego has to offer.

Question: What’s made of mystery meat and gets people all twitterpated with its unpredictable availability? Answer: The McRib. The fact that such a pitiful excuse for a sandwich can generate a following worthy of a ...

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