The ‘underground’ BBQ scene in Los Angeles(and the surrounding area) has exploded over the last couple of years. Some, most notably Trudy’s Underground BBQ, have moved into a brick and mortar location will others continue to pop up at breweries, coffee houses, and festivals. Below is a growing list(in alphabetical order) of all of them along with hours and locations(if the location is static). I’ve added some from the Bay Area and San Diego for good measure.
A’s BBQ - Los Angeles - East Los Angeles Soul BBQ - Craft BBQ infused with the flavors he grew up eating in East Los Angeles. Popping up in and around Los Angeles(mostly at breweries). Check them out on Instagram at @as_bbq for locations.
Bartz Barbecue - Los Angeles - Central Texas Style BBQ, burgers and Nashville Fried Chicken at Los Angeles Breweries. Find them at Los Angeles Ale Works on Wednesdays and Saturdays either El Segundo Brewing or LA Ale Works. To double check where they are at see their Instagram @bartz.barbecue.
Black Cat BBQ - Los Angeles - Find them every Sunday at the Beverly Hills Farmers Market serving up brisket, trip tip, pork ribs(sparers and baby backs), pulled pork, smoked chicken, turkey, pork belly burnt ends, hot links and a huge assortment of sides. Follow them on Instagram @blackcatbbqla for updates.
Gogi Craft - Los Angeles - Texas inspired smoked meats with Korean soul in the San Fernando Valley. Find them most Saturdays at House Roots Lab. Check them out on Instagram @gogicraftla for the latest.
Hayseed BBQ - Los Angeles - BBQ rooted in Appalachian traditions, inspired by the streets of Los Angeles. Currently popping up sporadically around LA. Follow their Instagram @hayseedbbq for upcoming dates.
Heritage Barbecue - Orange County - Central Texas style, chef-driven hand crafted smoked meats popping up at breweries where they often pair their BBQ directly with the beers on tap(even including them into sauces, etc.). Follow them on Instagram @heritagebarbecue
Horn Barbecue - Oakland - an underground meat smoking concept specializing in Central Texas Style BBQ. Popping up at breweries and events throughout California(and Texas). Follow them on Instagram @hornbarbecue for updates and news.
Meathead BBQ - Los Angeles - A once a week BBQ pop up (often at local breweries) utilizing meat sourced from farms practicing humane care and high standards to deliver a healthy product. Currently using wagyu brisket and tri tip from Creekstone Farms as well as their pork. Follow them on Instagram at @meatheadbbqla for more info and dates.
Moo’s Craft Barbecue - Los Angeles - You can find them just about every other week on a Saturday or Sunday at a local brewery serving brisket, pork ribs, beef ribs, house made sausage, pulled pork, and incredible scratch made sides. Check their Instagram @mooscraftbarbecue for information on where they will be.
Republic Craft Barbecue - Los Angeles - Texas style BBQ in the heart of Los Angeles. Brisket, ribs, pulled pork and creative sides popping up at breweries and events. Follow them on Instagram at @republicue_ for the latest locations.
Trudy’s Underground BBQ - Los Angeles - One of the most popular underground BBQ spots running out of the San Fernando Valley is no longer underground. Owner Burt Bakman is now manning the smokers on 3rd Street at the newly opened Slab BBQ. Open Tuesdays through Sunday from 11 AM until sold out. Follow them on Instagram @slab for updates and specials.
Ugly Drum - Los Angeles - It’s not traditional BBQ, but Erik Black is smoking some of the best pastrami on the West Coast. AND they are now doing hot guts(sausage) and rib tips. You can sample an amazing pastrami sandwich or pastrami burnt ends every Sunday at Smorgasburg Los Angeles and follow them on Instagram @uglydrum for news and specials.