Southern California is a place where many different culinary styles from all over the world come together in never-before-seen dishes. That is why Ayres Hotel Blog is proud to present the Taste of So Cal series of stories detailing Southern California’s vast selection of unique eateries to satisfy those eager taste buds. This week, we are featuring one of the biggest staples of American cuisine: barbecue. Here are a list of some of Orange County’s best barbecue joints with a few dishes you ought to try when you visit them.
BAD TO THE BONE BBQ
What you should try: The Carolina Pulled Pork sandwich, which is marinated with the in-house dry hub and slow-smoked for 14 to 16 hours.
If you want to experience different styles of barbecue from all over the nation, Bad to the Bone BBQ is where you need to be. Founded by former Oklahoma rodeo cowboy, Marty Wells, the secret to the success of this one-of-a-kind establishment is its wood-burning pits, where all of their meat is smoked with hickory wood. The menu mostly consists of Midwestern-style barbecue, but guests can sample Memphis-style ribs alongside a huge selection of craft beers and beers on tap.
TULSA RIB COMPANY
Where is it: 220 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867
What you should try: The Baby Back Ribs with pork so tender it falls off the bone and into your heart.
Many barbecues in the region try to imitate the Southern-style pit barbecue, however the Tulsa Rib Company does something a little different. The meat on their ribs is slow-cooked for several hours in the oven and then finished off on the grill for that much loved barbecue finish. For those who crave America’s favorite smoked, pit barbecue style meat, they do also serve hickory-smoked ribs.
WOOD RANCH BBQ & GRILL
Where is it: Multiple Locations throughout SoCal
What you should try: Grilled Balsamic Shrimp with Long Grain White Rice.
Sometimes barbecue lovers want to try a little something different when they go out for ribs, seafood, or steak. From their award-winning All-American Baby Back Ribs to their Wood Ranch Tri-Tip, Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill has a wide variety of options for all BBQ lovers. For the barbecue connoisseur looking for something light and delicious, Wood Ranch offers healthier food options such as the House-Made Vegan Burger, made with lentils, bulgur, cashews, leek, avocado, on a toasted honey-wheat bun.
There are many more amazing restaurants to try in Southern California. Check out more “A Taste Of SoCal” blogs to see the many culinary joys that sunny SoCal has to offer!