Rick's Secret Spot, the best barbecue joint in Orange County, is in the unlikeliest of spots—on the San Clemente frontier east of the 5, up a winding road, toward the back of an industrial park, a cubbyhole where the scent of sauces and meats smacks your senses like the summer sun dipped in molasses. The menu, like the restaurant, is simple. Ribs. Chicken. Pulled pork. In a box or slopped onto a sandwich. Sides—coleslaw, sweet beans, collard greens. Plastic utensils. Specials scrawled on a dry-erase board. Towelettes. No cutesy decorations, no obnoxious blues in the background—just... More >>>