Richard Foss

American Barbecue: Lucille’s Smokehouse

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The favorite restaurant for Southern barbecue among readers of this coast-oriented publication is miles inland. Lucille’s is decorated like a traditional barbecue shack, and the massive smoker you see as you enter the dining room turns out ribs, chicken and brisket that have the flavor you get only from lots of time trimming the meat, preparing it with seasoning rub and patiently letting a smoky fire do its work.  The result is moist and tender, with a sweet and spicy crust and flavor infused deep into the meat. A great barbecue meal is much more than that of course, and Lucille’s serves all the traditional sides and fixings, with lemonade, iced tea or stronger beverages to wash it all down. — RF

21420 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance. (310) 370-7427

Runner-up: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. 407 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach. (310) 379-0202

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