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