IN PICTURES: A lot of smokin’ at the Long Beach BBQ Festival

BBQ extravaganza featuring live entertainment from local bands, a smokin’ food court, cantinas, arts and crafts. Fiery chicken, pulled pork, tri-tip, pork ribs, sausages and sides Award-winning national BBQ pitmasters will make their way to the festival to battle it out against local barbecue gurus for a grand title for the Best BBQ and a People’s Choice Favorite.

Long Beach’s Best-Kept Secret Is: Robert Earl’s BBQ in North LB

It’s always been about Bludso’s, the staple BBQ joint just north of Long Beach in Compton. Call me sacrilegious but I reject the idea that Bludso’s—which sits at #54 on the Los Angeles Times’ best 101 restaurants—tops North Long Beach’s small-but-mighty Robert Earl’s BBQ. They’re certainly neck-and-neck and given that the LB gem has yet to be discovered, perhaps that gives Robert Earl a bit of a leading edge.