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For the pitmasters at Smokin' Jonny's BBQ, a successful barbecue is a three-step process. First, they must select the right meat, whether it be pulled pork, tender ribs, or brisket. Once they've rubbed it with a blend of herbs and spices, the cooks then need to pick the right wood?such as hickory or applewood?over which to slow-smoke it. Lastly, they whip up rubs and marinades, whose secret recipes are known only to them and kitchen spies disguised as six-foot-tall spatulas. Those final touches accentuate the already smoky flavor of Smokin' Jonny's meats, readying them to pair with timeless southern sides such as fried cornbread.

14813 S Western Ave
Gardena,
CA
US

Despite their restaurant's moniker, the chefs at Johnny Rebs' Southern Roadhouse aren’t averse to local ingredients. In fact, all their produce comes from California growers. But rather than recreate Southern flavors, they prefer going straight to the source, relying on Virginian and North Carolinian farms to send country hams and Delta farms to send catfish. Said catfish simmers beneath mountains of slaw in po’ boys, one among Johnny Rebs’ many housemade Southern staples, which range from creole shrimp over cheddar grits to pulled pork slow-smoked up to 12 hours.

Though steeped in traditional Southern cooking, Johnny Rebs’ critically acclaimed culinary team puts its own twist on Southern and American staples alike. To wit: grilled cheese made with pimento and jalapeños, as well as deep-fried apple pie, which bubbles in a deep fryer stolen off a Georgia windowsill. Complemented with “suds” and “squashed grapes”—Johnny Rebs’ speak for beer and wine—feasts unfold amidst a rustic dining space made to resemble a cozy, wood-paneled home. Before the table fills up with smoked and fried meats, guests can snack from a bucket of peanuts. They're free, but any quarters diners donate in return go straight to charities such as the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

16639 Bellflower Blvd
Bellflower,
CA
US

At By Brazil, gauchos whisk skewers of meat from table to table, carving the choicest cuts of top sirloin, passion fruit-marinated pork loin, and barbecued chicken. This all-you-can-eat churrasco feast is part of the restaurant's rich Brazilian tradition, which guests can soak up during lunch and dinner. Most of the staff is fluent in Portuguese too, so they can help diners learn how to properly pronounce certain menu items.

If you're not up for the buffet, you can nibble on appetizers that include Brazilian sandwiches, polenta, or fried yucca, then wash them down with an assortment of exotic beverages. These range from imported Brazilian beers to refreshing caipirinhas, a cocktail made with sugar cane hard liquor, sugar, and lime, that flows freely down the Amazon river.

1615 Cabrillo Ave
Torrance,
CA
US

At Sura Korean BBQ & Tofu, meat and tofu put aside their differences in the name of cooperating to create savory Korean feasts. Bulgogi—sliced beef marinated in 12 flavorful ingredients—stars in many dishes, from japche rice-paper wraps to custom-made bibimbap served in a hot stone pot. Instead of sculpting faux turkeys from vatfuls of guacamole, vegans can build feasts from meat-free dishes such as tofu soup and sushi-like kimchi kimbap. The restaurant's popular korean tacos encourage meats and greens to hang out together, housing combinations of bulgogi, pork, chicken, veggies, or tofu. Outdoor seating invites patrons to dine amid verdant plants, whereas comfy indoor booths honor nature with sunny lights and bamboo wall coverings.

621 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach,
CA
US

At Famous Dave's, burgers, ribs and barbecue of all different types comes together in this fun and worry-free atmosphere. Good for small or big groups, children and families, dates and singles stop in for lunch and dinner and see what's cooking. Want extra saucy wings or ribs? They'll be happy to oblige. Not to deny anyone great barbecue, they have easy online ordering directly on their website.

300 S Pine Ave
Long Beach,
CA
US

1984 was the year that a lot of things launched. The Mac computer was first introduced. Bill Murray was in a movie you may have heard of that involved some ghosts and busting of said ghosts. George Michael started to be kind of a big deal. It was also the year that Naples Rib Company was launched. From then on, they have been blessing our taste buds with pulled pork sliders, baby back ribs, Hawaiian-style barbecued shrimp kabob and more. One of their more memorable items is The Onion Brick off the appetizer portion of the menu which pairs well with the perfect dip. For those with gluten dietary needs, Naples Rib Company has an entire Gluten free menu. Visit their website to view the menus, where banquet and catering menus are also available. Step into the good old days of barbecue at Naples Rib Company.

5800 E 2nd St
Long Beach,
CA
US