Our BBQ list got readers fired up: Here’s who they say we missed
“A gross oversight ...”
“How on earth did you overlook ...”
“I don’t trust any BBQ list that doesn’t have ...”
Those were some of the choice bones of contention that readers served up — on Facebook, in emails and in the case of one neighbor, to our face — over our recent list of San Diego’s best barbecue joints.
We could have predicted that — oh, wait, we did, saying: “lists of the best barbecue joints in San Diego … will inevitably anger devotees of a particular place.”
But like slathered baby backs, smoky brisket, fork-tender pulled pork and sensationally seasoned Santa Maria tri-tip, readers having a beef up is a good thing. It’s passionate proof that San Diegans love their ’cue and that the county’s barbecue boom can only heat up.
So we’re waving our well-worn white napkins and letting readers have the last word on which barbecue restaurants are not just worthy of a pit stop but are places to get fired up about. Here’s where you said should have been on our original list:
Iron Pig Alehouse
The aforementioned “gross oversight,” one of several readers citing it said, “Their brisket and ribs pass the highest standards test!” Another writer said, it’s “home to some of the best BBQ in San Diego. The establishment has nearly a 5 star rating on both Yelp and Facebook, each with hundreds of reviews.” Oversight no more! 1520 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach. (858) 412-4299. ironpigalehouse.com
“I don’t trust any BBQ list that doesn’t have BBQ House in OB on it. Best BBQ I have found in San Diego,” said an enthusiastic, longtime fan of the Ocean Beach smokehouse. “I’ve been eating there since they served ribs on paper plates! My favorite is the pork ribs and chicken wing combo!” Someone else on social media put it succinctly: “How did the bbq house ocean beach not make this list?” 5025 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach. (619) 222-4311. bbqhouseob.com
Kaminski’s BBQ & Sports Lounge
This family-run, hickory-smoked barbecue spot is apparently a hot destination for locals and a select group of out-of-towners with discriminating taste. “Still love Kaminski’s in Poway,” said a reader. “Every Navy recruiter that visited our station asked me to take them there for lunch.” 12735 Poway Road, Poway. (858) 748-1106. kaminskisbbq.com
Meat Locker BBQ
Brad Lyons, co-founder and former executive chef at Slater’s 50/50, has earned a lot of fans for his smoky brisket and other meats through his travels with his Meat Locker food truck. Now he has set up shop in Grantville, much to the delight of one of our neighbors, who good-naturedly told us she liked our ’cue list — except for this one omission. 5981 Fairmount Ave. San Diego. meatlockerbbq.net
The Barbecue Pit
Our Best Barbecue picks got a qualified thumbs up from one amiable reader. “Any reason you left out The Barbecue Pit (on University Avenue)?” she asked. “It has good smoked sliced beef, tasty collards, mac & cheese, coleslaw, and beans. Otherwise, good list of BBQ!” 2888 University Ave., North Park. (619) 298-2400. bbqpitnorthpark.com (There are also locations of The Barbecue Pit in National City and El Cajon; thebarbecuepitrestaurant.com)
Lightnin’ Jack’s BBQ
We were chastened for leaving out the self-proclaimed “ultimate BBQ restaurant in San Diego” by someone who knows their smokehouses. “How on earth did you overlook Lightning Jacks BBQ in Clairemont? Hands down the best BBQ in San Diego. Or equal to Coops.” 4705 Clairemont Dr., at Clairemont Town Square. (858) 270-8227. lightninjacksbbqsd.com
You know the phrase “go with your gut?” Well, our bad — we had Corbin’s on our original list and left it off when we were paring it down. Ugh, people noticed. “I’m sure you’re getting a lot of responses ... but you have to add Corbin’s Q on El Cajon Blvd. As a native Californian, I’ll take Santa Maria style tri-tip over Texan or Southern bbq ANY DAY and Corbin’s serves up the real deal.” 6548 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. (619) 913-3287. corbinsq.com
Abby’s Real Texas BBQ
We didn’t hear from peeved fans of Abby’s Texas-smoked brisket and pork shoulder — but the owner of Abby’s did. “I was bombarded with angry calls about our restaurant being left out,” Matt Shlemon wrote in a polite email, listing the longtime, family-run restaurants many accolades. “I’m not writing to criticize you at all, but give me a reason why were we not even listed?” Um, the dog ate our real list? 6904 Miramar Road, San Diego. (858) 566-2333. abbeystexasbbq.com
That Boy Good Southern BBQ Joint
Fans of That Boy Good thought That List Bad. We heard from several people on Facebook who said we were remiss in not naming the Oceanside spot’s two locations. Hailed for its pulled pork, wings and other smoky fare, we’re naming TBG here. Hope this gets us back in their “Good” graces. 207 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside. (760) 433-4227; and 326 Horne St., Oceanside. (760) 754-1275. thatboygoodbbq.com
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