Here in L.A., when we invite someone over for a barbecue, what we are really doing is grilling. There are some intrepid pit masters among us who smoke low and slow, but for the most part we don’t get as serious about our ‘que as some places do. And they get real serious. Last Sunday the back lot of Grand Park was full of giant smokers and cement block pits for the L.A. Times’ Night Market All-Star BBQ. Jenn Harris welcomed pit masters from all over the country as well as local favorites.
We were most excited about getting to try Franklin Barbecue from Austin, Texas. It is one of the most-loved Barbecue places in Texas, and people are known to pay kids to wait all morning in line for their brisket. We asked for a fatty slice on Sunday, and it was truly the best goddamned brisket I have ever had in my life. There was a restrained but delicious seasoning on moist and tender beef. An Austin transplant’s mind was blown when he saw James Beard award-winner Aaron Franklin there hand-slicing the brisket himself.