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Swingin' Door Texas BBQ

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11018 West Vanowen Street Los Angeles, CA 91605 (818) 763-8996
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Best Burnt Ends, August 2012

Burnt ends are chunks that are trimmed from a smoked brisket's fatty pointed section, massaged with a spice rub, and then tossed back into the hot box until they caramelize. Devotees of Kansas City and Texas barbecue styles have dubbed these cook-off delicacies “nuggets of BBQ gold.” At Swingin' Door Texas BBQ, where oak fuels the double-barrel offset smoker, pit master Roger Daneshi's execution strikes a careful balance between flesh and grease. The North Hollywood joint, next to a filling station, could have been plucked from a dusty Texas roadside. The valued bits aren't on the menu; epicures call ahead.  » 11018 Vanowen St., North Hollywood.

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