BIG ANT’S BBQ 3076 West 8th St., Los Angeles.
Koreatown— It’s starting to feel like summer around here and Big Ant’s BBQ is here to satisfy LA’s barbecue cravings. Though the original location in Glassell Park is a traditional brick-and-mortar, this second outlet operates from a hut in a Koreatown parking lot. The menu is mostly the same with plenty of meats (brisket, ribs, pulled pork) and composed dishes like a brisket burrito and a pulled pork sandwich.
Big Ant’s BBQ started in 1987 in Louisiana, in the backwoods of the country. Founded by Papa Hypolite, the tradition now carries on through his son, Big Ant (short for Anthony). Their motto, “Slower the better.” They take their time cooking each rib and put the same amount of love into their cooking as if it were for their children. The Hypolites take pride in their technique and special sauces.