They say, if you want good barbeque, you need to head south. What if I told you, you only need to take a short drive to South County. It’s not the south, but owner Marty Wells, of Bad to the Bone BBQ, is bringing you a taste of what it’s like to be on a ranch in Oklahoma.
Bad to the Bone BBQ, located in picturesque San Juan Capistrano, is probably the last place you’d go looking for barbeque but trust me on this one, you really don’t want to miss it. Located in a strip mall off the 5 freeway, the restaurant can be hard to find but once inside, you’ll notice it’s quite spacious. Upon entering, the smell of barbecue, slow cooked and marinating overnight, greets you and a small group of us that were waiting for the ultimate tour got pretty hungry.
The restaurant decor is what you might expect to find if you were down south – paying homage to the midwest and rancher days. Did you know Marty worked on a rodeo? His love for all things ranch and rodeo are reflected in the restaurant’s interior. During our tour, we watched at Marty and his crew pulled out the night’s haul from the smokers. Did you know that Bad to the Bone BBQ goes through 1,500 pounds of brisket in a week and 120 gallons of sauce?! People in California sure do love their barbecue!
After hearing all about the barbecue, you can only imagine how hungry we were! The team at Bad to the Bone BBQ sat us down family style and treated us to platters of slowly cooked meat – an array of sausages, brisket, pulled pork, fall off the bone ribs, and chicken. But they didn’t just stop there! We also got to sample healthy servings of their amazing sides – a delightfully cheesy mac n cheese, wonderfully flaky cornbread, luscious garlic mashed potatoes, and a potato salad that would make your Mother jealous and quite possible the envy of any potluck gathering.
Our small group of hungry travellers arrived famished but left quite satiated – full of deliciously tender meat and sumptuous sides. If you don’t want to leave the state, and you’re hungry for barbecue, I recommend a trip to Bad to the Bone BBQ. You won’t regret it.