BBQ Restaurants in Santa Barbara

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More than 28 years ago, Woody?s BBQ began with the goal to introduce the from-scratch recipes and down-home atmosphere of Southern barbecue shacks to a world that had grown used to fast food chains and sub-par slaw. The family friendly restaurant staked their reputation on Woody's slow-smoked baby back ribs and the kitchen's famed BBQ chicken, eventually adding recipes from Texas and the Carolinas. Woody?s also offers catering and delivery services.

5112 Hollister Ave.
Santa Barbara,
CA
US

EatMeCalifornia reviewed JD's Louisiana BBQ in 2009. Yelpers give the restaurant an average of four stars.

1045 Patterson Rd
Oxnard,
CA
US

In 1967, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue began as a small drive-thru diner in Honolulu. Over the next several decades, the eatery expanded to more than 175 franchise locations across its home state and the continental United States. Though they have maintained their original base of operations and continue to draw on its local inspirations, L&L's owners take pride in introducing new communities to their take on traditional island comfort fare. Dishes such as fried chicken katsu, shredded kalua pork, and blends of mixed Hawaiian-style barbecue draw from Asian and American culinary influences, and ice-cold drinks pay homage to the frozen strait that first brought explores from Hawaii to the mainland.

245 N Moorpark Rd
Thousand Oaks,
CA
US

At 4 a.m., when most of Westlake Village is still asleep, the pitmasters of Famous Dave's are already at work, firing up the hickory logs that'll be slow-cooking pounds of pounds of meat that day. As the wood smolders, the team hand-rubs spices into award-winning ribs, Georgia chopped pork, Texas-style brisket, hot links, sweetwater catfish, and several other meats. Barbecue sauce even drips onto the cocktail menu, where guests can find a bloody mary ignited by house mix made with their Devil's Spit sauce.

3980 E Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Westlake Village,
CA
US

Famous Dave’s dishes out a hearty menu of down-home barbecue drawing on founder Dave Anderson’s 25 years of culinary exploration and experimentation. Diners can kick off the carnivorous carnival with buffalo-style shrimp ($9.99) sporting spicy cornmeal breading and tiny Bills jerseys. To sate hungrier stomachs, pit masters slow-smoke ribs over smoldering sweet hickory fires to create The Big Slab of 12-bone ribs ($22.99). After first passing through a sauce-slathered shrink ray, Dave’s BBQ Buddies ($9.99) offer bite-size versions of the restaurant’s most popular sandwiches, including Georgia pork, Texas brisket, pulled chicken, and hot link sausage. Afterwards, a lineup of sugary treats, such as Dave’s famous bread pudding smothered in pecan-praline sauce and vanilla-bean ice cream ($6.99), pleases even the sweetest of teeth. The laid-back barbecue mecca also keeps eyes and ears entertained with its playful décor and blues- and klezmer-spiced soundtrack. Diehards can join Famous Dave's P.I.G. Club, designed to keep members current on the restaurant's happenings via email.

1229 Simi Town Center Way
Simi Valley,
CA
US

From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Mushroom Medley - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Pork Gyoza Dumplings, and Chicken Karaage. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, grilled ahi tuna, or chicken with basil sauce until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.

6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Canoga Park,
CA
US