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Robert Earls Real Deal BBQ

Los Angeles
BBQ Joint
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Since 2013, Robert Earl, his wife and son have buffeted north Long Beach with pecan wood smoke, which billows from the custom barrel set-up in back. This storefront, which has red and white checked tablecloths, wagon wheels, and model cars on the wall, has earned a fast reputation for serious meat. Their pork spare ribs are lacquered with sauce and cook for 4-5 hours until they’re juicy and carry a satisfying chew. Request spicy sauce, which has good pop, but won’t stun your tastebuds.

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