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Bludso’s BBQ – Compton, CA – Review

When you ask anyone that knows anything about barbecue what their favorite BBQ Joint is in Los Angeles is, 9 times out of 10 you’re going to hear Bludso’s BBQ in Compton. Compton? Thanks to Dr. Dre, the late Easy-E, Snoop Dogg, and filmmaker John Singleton’s Boyz in the Hood the word Compton conjures up a mythical place that sends chills up the spine of suburbanites everywhere. I can’t say that’s the entire reason I have held off on visiting as I have been extremely busy, but after my correspondent (The Notorious P.I.G.) visited 6 months ago and couldn’t stop raving about it, I should have just bucked up and gone.

Well this Saturday he got me to make the trip to what is now my new favorite BBQ joint.

If you’re not looking carefully, you will definitely pass it the first time you drive by:

Another exterior shot:

Inside there are two windows for you to order and pick up as well as a small counter to the right with three bar stools:


It’s essentially a ‘to go’ only BBQ Joint. Here’s how they pack everything:

I got the 2 meat combo (Beef Rib and Brisket) along with two sides (Collard Greens and Beans):

The Notorious P.I.G. got the 2 meat combo (Brisket and Pork Shoulder) along with two sides (Mac and Cheese and Potato Salad):

Here I am lifting the incredibly tender brisket:

A close up shot of the brisket on some white bread. All of the meats come already sauced (which I’m not always a fan of), but the sauce is very subtle and compliments the meat. Other than being a little messy you wouldn’t feel you got an overpowering sauced BBQ item:

Brisket on either side and pork shoulder in the middle:

Beef rib as big as my forearm:

Beans and Greens:

Mac and Cheese and Potato Salad:

One of their two custom smokers out back:

They also had two Ole Hickory Pits out back as well:

A view of the back. There’s a table and some beat up chairs to eat at between smokers as well as another spot that’s covered with a wood picnic table:

So what’s my take? Well first off I can’t recommend it enough. It’s hands down what you want to get out of a BBQ experience in Los Angeles. There’s the adventure of traveling to a neighborhood and city that you’re not familiar with to arrive at a BBQ Joint that really cares about the product they are putting out. The brisket was perfect and even though it was already sauced, you could taste the wonderfully subtle smokiness. The pulled pork was succulent and the beef rib (which was my least favorite of all three meats we had) had a tremendously robust flavor. All four sides were delicious and complex (you knew they weren’t an afterthought as sides tend to be at a lot of BBQ Joints). My favorite was the collard greens which of course had large chunks of pork in it.

I’m going back (very soon) to meet with Kevin Bludso (the owner) as I just missed him and eat more of the brisket that I’m now dreaming of. I’ve also asked if I can get meats non-sauced as that seems to be a sticking point for many people. Even though Kevin wasn’t there, the staff who was there treated you like family and seemed to really be happy to serve you and help you with whatever you needed.

Out of 5 flames, I give this BBQ Joint a 5 out of 5.


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  1. Barbecue is what I do for a living…but if I’m looking for a change of pace and decide I want to BUY barbecue….Bludso’s is MY spot. (I’m a fiend for their sampler platter…with the best beef link in town ! ) I’ve met and talked to Kevin, and though we may be in the same business, he@ not a competitor…just an honest and upfront guy who wants to deliver tthe best product he can 8 days a week. He’s also more than willing to share ‘Que Tips. Trust….Kevin’s 5 out of 5 rating is no hype…it’s earned! Do your mouth a favor and try Bludso’s.

    Comment by TexasPitMaster — August 22, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

  2. Food looks delicious! Can’t wait to try this place out…….

    Comment by CGold — August 24, 2011 @ 9:52 am

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