A Southern transplant to our wonderful South Bay might be disappointed with the availability of his or her beloved BBQ. There’s simply not a lot of places that cater towards them. This is unfortunate not just for the theoretical homesick Texan/Carolinian/Tenneseean, but also for the lifelong South Bay local, who simply wants to wrestle with a rack of ribs slathered in tangy sauce. Let’s not even talk about Chili’s. Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ located in Torrance, just a stones throw from Rolling Hills, is our best bet when it comes to Southern style BBQ. It’s the kind of place designed to eat messily, with entire rolls of paper towels being used to clean all that sauce off your face.
Every Way Of BBQ
Joey’s is often brought up when discussing the best BBQ in South Bay, and one of the big reasons why is that they have a menu that will feed any and all BBQ cravings you have. Whether it’s sandwich-based, a burger, a platter or a rack, Joey’s makes it and they only use high quality sources. Tender and tasty meats that make you wonder why you would cook meat any other way.
There are 2 and 3 meat combos that let you expand your meal portfolio at additional cost, enabling you the rare joy of a plate of sliced brisket, a beef rib and a quarter of smoked BBQ chicken. You can make it the best of all worlds by going this route. If you’re a family, or just a group of 6 people that feels like a family when you’re chomping on BBQ, there are even family packs available for big communal eating ceremonies. The largest of them, ominously named “Number Three,” is a whole slab of baby back ribs, an entire chicken, a pound of sliced brisket, a pound of pulled pork and coleslaw, cornbread and baked beans if you need a breather.
A sure sign that they know what they’re doing with BBQ is that they don’t treat “BBQ sauce” as a single, homogenous sauce. Ribs are served with your choice of either Sweet BBQ sauce, a traditional offering, or the exciting Carolina Wet Sauce, a vinegar-based, lightly spiced apple cider alternative.
Joey’s was previously mentioned on our 4 South Bay Sandwiche You Must Try for their Memphis burger, a combination of a pulled pork sandwich and a meaty grilled burger. It’s a deserved spot, but also, the different sandwiches and burgers at Joey’s is one of its strongest suits. It’s especially nice if you’re the kind that likes the taste but not the mess — if you want to keep your cheeks pristinely clean, a sandwich is always a more organized eating affair.
The basic template of burgers is combined with extra meat like bacon, hot links or zinged up with Louisiana hot sauce and spices. Their sandwiches are similar, but focused on the BBQ element without the weight of a burger patty. And because their meat is high quality and tender, they also use 100% Angus beef, as it should be.
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Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ – (310) 257 – 1324
25308 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505