This is how you get to Adam Perry Lang’s Serious Barbecue, currently stationed on the back lot of Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Pick a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday lunch any week until September 5. Drive your car toward the intersection of Hollywood and North Orange Drive. Going east on Hollywood, ignoring the line outside of Wetzel’s Pretzels, make a right on Orange. Just before you reach the next intersection, at Hawthorn, you will see a parking structure on your left. Park there. Adjacent to the parking structure is an alley that runs parallel to Hollywood and Hawthorn. Walk down this alley, from the opening on Orange.
At this point, you’ll want to tilt your head up just a bit, and start sniffing. If you’re lucky, and if the wind is just right, the smell of oranges burning in a fireplace, along with rosemary, bay, and pecan wood, will be wafting through the air. You might even see some smoke—a good sign.
About 100 feet in from Orange is a barbecue oasis. Astroturf covers the pavement of a 3,000 square foot space where a semi-truck bed (holding two smokers), a food truck, an Airstream trailer, and no less than 10 grills lie. You’ve made it.
Now: Ignore the sun; it will beat down. The heat may be unforgiving. After all, you’re in the midst of chimneys and grills that reach temperatures that would make the oven floor at 800 Degrees Pizza weep.
Get in line. Be patient. Order a combination of whatever the heck is on the menu that day. Maybe there will be some mortadella bits, or some beefy ribs, or gosh, brisket. (It changes every day; this doesn’t matter much, presuming you enjoy meat.) Get one of each of the sides, for god’s sake. Consider getting a pecan-roasted iced coffee while you’re at it. Then, go over to where Adam Perry Lang alternates between fiddling with his smoker and carving hunks of caramelized meat. Just watch, politely. He might hand you a scrap if you look nice.
Wait for the people inside the food truck to call your name. Gently claim your meal. Make your way to any open space. Open the top of your boxed lunch, and carefully breathe in the smells of bourbon barbecue sauce and pickled onions and char. You may want to say ‘Grace.’ And then, for the love of christ, use your hands. This is serious. This is barbecue.
Get it: Adam Perry Lang’s Serious Barbecue at Jimmy Kimmel Live! – Back Lot, 6901 Hawthorn; enter from the alley, Hollywood.