Like a locked steamer trunk in an attic, barbecue recipes are better when they contain a closely guarded family secret. Finally taste the truth with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $29 for a barbecue meal for two, with one appetizer, two sandwiches, and two beers (up to $45 total value)
- $58 for a barbecue meal for four, with two appetizers, four sandwiches, and four beers (up to a $90 total value)
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Starkey's BBQ thumbs its nose at nature by proving that water and fire mix perfectly well. The beach-themed venue lies a mere block from the shoreline’s waves, and its decor is vibrantly tropical: a glowing aquarium illuminates the hall, a surfboard hangs over the doorway, and ocean murals splash across the walls with images of turtles and famous cartoon fish such as Flounder and Nemo. Yet the kitchen adds heat to the mix. House barbecue sauce decorates tri-tip, pulled pork, and pulled chicken—smoked daily and flavored with a signature dry rub—before they stuff sandwiches fuller than a child’s cheeks on Halloween. Locally made microbrews, meanwhile, offset the tang of St. Louis–style short ribs and spicy ranch wings, which arrive decked in sriracha sauce and jalapeños. At the bar, hundreds of bottle caps have been painstakingly nailed to the front of the counter—an example of the inventive craftsmanship that also imbues Starkey's menu, where sides such as baked beans and mac 'n' cheese carry a housemade depth of flavor.
3231 Mission Boulevard
San Diego, California 92109