Holy Smoke! Where to Get the Best BBQ in Long Beach
Labor Day is around the corner and it just wouldn’t be a holiday weekend without the tantalizing aroma of barbecue wafting in the breeze. Whether you like your chow Texas-style, hot and spicy, or classic American, we’ve smoked out some of Long Beach’s best BBQ joints near 442 Residences, guaranteed to tempt your tastebuds with fresh grilled goodness. Many of these establishments are family-owned, so you have a great opportunity to support local Long Beach businesses while enjoying some of the best BBQ ever. For the vegetarian in your household, many menus offers salads and other meatless sides. Check their websites for takeout, delivery, and patio dining details.
Brother’s Keeper BBQ Labor Day Weekend Pop Up Village Cafe 4148 1/2 N Viking Way, Long Beach, CA 90808
Get ready for some smoky goodness. Brother’s Keeper BBQ is taking over Village Cafe this Labor Day Weekend. Brother’s Keeper BBQ is a Long Beach-based curator of smoked meats.The team is led by brothers Mo Stewart and Brandon McIntosh, who operate pop-ups out of Long Beach. Pre-shutdown, they made frequent appearances at breweries around the metro area. Now they’re back – and inspired to bring their time tested traditions of barbecue to the community.
Beachwood BBQ and Brewing 210 E 3rd St. Long Beach, CA 90802
Located in the Promenade, Beachwood BBQ and Brewing is open for outdoor dining with lots of seating on their spacious patio. All meats are slow-smoked, dry rubbed, and succulently seasoned, allowing the true meat flavors to stand alone. That means no saucy coating – although they do oblige you with a variety of table side sauces to choose from, if you so please. They proudly make all their appetizers and entrees from scratch and prepared to order. Once in awhile it may take a little longer to put the finishing touches on your food, but don’t forget – good things come to those who wait. Beachwood BBQ and Brewing also offers local delivery and beer to go.
Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ Long Beach Marina 6257 E 2nd St. Long Beach, CA 90803
Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ has been a family-owned BBQ joint since 1999. Prior to opening the first Lucille’s in Long Beach, founder Craig Hoffman perfected the best barbecue by spending several years on a tour of Southern BBQ. The road trip took him from the Carolinas to Kansas, Texas to Tennessee, and just about everywhere in between. In addition to picking up culinary inspiration from some of the best BBQ shacks in the South, Craig also discovered the secret ingredient that all of his favorites seemed to share: friendliness. And when he finally made his way back home to California, Craig distilled everything he learned into what became Lucille’s driving philosophy, “Serving the Best Bar-B-Que with the Finest Southern Hospitality.” Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ is open for patio dining, takeout and delivery.
Q Smokehouse 300 S Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90802
Inspired by the BBQ flavors of the South, Q Smokehouse aims to bring flavorful, quality BBQ with a healthy flair to Long Beach, while adding a fun, energetic destination to The Pike. They don’t use MSG in their products, and they offer gluten-free options unlike many other BBQ spots. The restaurant aims to make a unique name for themselves characterized by a tongue-in-cheek attitude – like shirts and signs that say “If it ain’t smokin’, we ain’t open” and “BBQ: It’s our superpower.” But Q Smokehouse isn’t only for the meat-lover. They have a section of the menu called “Vegetarians Last Stand,” with some great options such as jackfruit sliders that taste very similar to pulled pork sliders. Q Smokehouse is open for dining on their enormous patio. Takeout and delivery also available.
Robert Earl’s BBQ 703 E Artesia Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90805
Voted the best BBQ in LA and Orange County by LA Weekly, if you’re looking for smokey sweet barbecue with homemade sides and great service, Robert Earl’s BBQ is your kind of place. Since 2013, Robert Earl, his wife and son have tempted Long Beach residents with aromatic pecan wood smoke from their custom barrel set-up. With award winning brisket, ridiculously tender ribs, and extraordinary macaroni & cheese, Robert Earl’s BBQ makes for an unforgettable meal that will have you coming back for more every time.
Naples Rib Company 5800 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803
Naples Rib Company is open for outdoor dining with socially distanced table seating. Enjoy full dinner and bar menus, along with Happy Hour specials. Founded in 1984, Naples Rib Company is family-owned and operated by the Ursini family. The restaurant prides itself on not only being a premier spot for great BBQ, but a place where locals meet to share stories of the neighborhood and out of town visitors come to sample the rich history of delicious BBQ in a setting that is warm and inviting. Naples Rib Company values local involvement and is dedicated to giving back to the community that has been so good to them over the years.
Twins Smokehouse BBQ 1555 W Willow St. Long Beach, CA 90810
Twins Smokehouse BBQ is open for takeout. This popular local joint slow smokes their meats to perfection Louisiana Style, with their blend of signature seasonings and sauce. The BBQ ribs, beef brisket, chicken and links are sure to tempt the taste buds of any slow smoked BBQ connoisseur, with signature sides that appeal to health and humane-conscious meat eaters. Twins Smokehouse strives to ensure that all ingredients meet a high standard of quality you can trust.
Louisiana Charlie’s 429 Shoreline Village Dr. Long Beach, CA 90802
Louisiana Charlie’s is open for phone-in and pick up. This Mardi Gras-themed hangout offers BBQ & Cajun-style mains, plus cocktails. The menu features mesquite BBQ slowly smoked to perfection, tri-tip, spare ribs, alligator baby back ribs, catfish, shrimp, hot links, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, Po-boy sandwiches, gumbo, coleslaw, mac n cheese, potato salad, green beans, baked beans, black eye peas, and other specialties from New Orleans. Desserts and sweets include their famous bread pudding, sweet potato pie, 7up cake, and other Southern delights.
The Corner 10th’s BBQ 3200 E 10th St. Long Beach, CA-90804
The Corner 10th’s BBQ is a store on 10th St. and Obispo Ave. in Long Beach. Their motto – a good day is a day that begins with BBQ, the smells of hickory, applewood & pecan get into your soul – pretty much says it all. The store was founded in 2017 with the idea to bring some good BBQ to serve the Rose Park neighborhood, where you can meet your friends by saying ” Meet me at the corner 10th.” They recently added a breakfast menu.. Order ahead for pick up.
Photo #1: Q Smokehouse
Photo #2: Brother’s Keeper BBQ
Photo #3: Beachwood BBQ and Brewing
Photo #4: Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ
Photo #5: Q Smokehouse
Photo #6: Robert Earls BBQ
Photo #7: Naples Rib Company
Photo #8: Twins Smokehouse BBQ
Photo #9: Louisiana Charlie’s/Shoreline Village
Photo #10: The Corner 10th’s BBQ