Finding The Best Barbecue Bites

Baby Back Ribs at The Smoking Gun (courtesy photo)

While Tennessee, Missouri and Texas top the list of best states for expertly smoked meats, California isn’t too far behind coming in just a few spots back at number eight. Whether you prefer burnt ends, brisket, pulled pork or all the above, here are some of the best barbecue bites this side of the Mississippi.

Load the whole family in the car and venture to Park 101, Carlsbad’s unique answer to community dining and lounging. Found under their smoked meats menu are platters, sharable plates and single-servings of brisket, tri tip and chicken breast. To sample a little of everything, order the Chef’s Platter, four of your favorite ¼ lb. meats and four sides. The whole gang is sure to find something they love at Park 101!

With an urban 70’s and 80’s atmosphere, The Smoking Gun in San Diego’s Gaslamp District, present those who step through the door a place to find southern influenced dishes. The Baby Back Ribs, lathered in spicy barbecue mustard are a must-try! Pair this with the Thick Chips, made of Kennebec potatoes and served with house made ketchup and garlic aioli, for the perfect barbeque meal.

Wood Ranch, located in Mission Valley, is constantly improving recipes, developing innovative dishes and responding to guests’ desires for unique selections. They’ve got an extensive menu of signature BBQ including the Carolina Pulled Pork, made with hormone and antibiotic free chicken, Carolina slaw and Carolina BBQQ sauce. Served with two signature sides, you can choose options like Grilled Corn on the Cob, Lauren’s Favorite Mac & Cheese or Steamed Broccoli, only to name a few of the 13 various sides.

Tavern, Pacific Beach’s friendly and vibrant neighborhood bar, not only offers a selection of 30 draft beers to enjoy, but tasty meals as well. Try the BBQ Pork Bacon Burger, two all-natural beef patties, aged cheddar cheese, apple-wood smoked bacon, honey-ale braised carnitas and crispy onions between a Hawaiian bun. The burger is smothered in a housemade wild turkey bbq sauce that is unlike any other found in San Diego.