14 Great OC Barbecue Spots to Try This Summer

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Brian Addison

If our perception of summer was entirely based on Food Network specials, we'd all be entering barbecue contests and cooking meats on smokey grills, even in the rain (which we will never happen in California). But perhaps this just demonstrates the effect television has on us because, hey, who doesn't want to eat lots and lots of barbecue in the summertime?

No need to bring out your grill, though. Here are 14 places to get finger-licking in Orange County.

14. Leadbelly's Barbecue (Fullerton)

14 Great OC Barbecue Spots to Try This Summer
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Ice cream isn't the only thing melting in your mouth this summer. Leadbelly's tri-tip and sausages will do the same--the melting effect of which is accelerated with the help of jalapeno mac n' cheese, creamed corn, and candy-sweet baked beans. Ah yes, and let's not forget pork belly garlic fries, which essentially loaded with the best things in the world (pork, garlic, and potatoes, obviously).

711 N. Placentia Ave. Fullerton, 714-646-9560; facebook.com/leadbellys-barbecue

13. Bad to the Bone BBQ (San Juan Capistrano)

A good plate of barbecue contains meat slow-cooked in wood-burning pits over Hickory wood for at least half a day. This is what you'll get at Bad to the Bone BBQ--you know, tri-tip or sausage that can be combined with as many other meats as you like or complemented with some fried okra.

31738 Rancho Viejo San Juan Capistrano, 949-218-0227; facebook.com/badtothebonebbqSJC



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