West Coast

Adam heads to the West Coast to rate a pulled pork sandwich in Los Angeles, a BBQ tri-tip sandwich in San Diego and a pulled lamb sandwich in San Francisco.

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Adam Richman at Phil's BBQ
Adam Richman at Phil's BBQ

Adam Richman at Phil's BBQ

Adam heads to California to try some of the best sandwiches throughout the state. 960 1280

  

Exterior of Phil's BBQ in San Diego

Exterior of Phil's BBQ in San Diego

The first stop is Phil’s BBQ in San Diego. Phil’s BBQ has become a San Diego BBQ landmark serving more than 1 million pounds of BBQ sauce (enough to fill Shamu the whale’s tank) since 1998. 960 1280

  

Interior of Phil's BBQ in San Diego

Interior of Phil's BBQ in San Diego

Phil’s BBQ is best known for its Santa Maria-style BBQ tri-tip. 960 1280

  

El Toro sandwich from Phil's BBQ

El Toro sandwich from Phil's BBQ

The El Toro is a chargrilled, deli-sliced tri-tip topped with special BBQ sauce on a bun. A note from the owner Phil: Don’t forget a roll of paper towels since the El Toro can be messy to eat! 960 1280

  

JR Barbeque in Culver City California

JR Barbeque in Culver City California

Adam also makes a stop at JR's Barbeque in Los Angeles. Run by mother-son team Jeanie Jackson and Bobby Johnson, the home-style restaurant strives to bring Memphis-style barbecue to LA. 960 1280

  

Bobby Johnson and Adam Richman and pulled pork sandwich

Bobby Johnson and Adam Richman and pulled pork sandwich

Bobby Johnson, owner and chef at JR's, shares with Adam his favorite creation: the pulled pork sandwich. 960 1280

  

Chef Bobby Johnson making pulled pork

Chef Bobby Johnson making pulled pork

Chef Bobby shows Adam how to prepare the pork for the sandwich. JR's guarantees that each piece of meat is as "tender as mother's love." 960 1280

  

Adam Richman with JR's Jeanie Jackson and Bobby Johnson

Adam Richman with JR's Jeanie Jackson and Bobby Johnson

Jeanie Jackson and her son Bobby love sharing their food and award-winning barbecue sauce (the ingredients of which are a family secret) with customers at JR's. 960 1280

  

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pulled Pork Sandwich

A favorite at the restaurant is the pulled pork sandwich, which is topped with coleslaw and JR’s famous hot sauce. Can it take the West Coast regional title? 960 1280

  

The last stop is Wexler's in San Francisco's financial district. Wexler's isn't your typical Southern BBQ; chef Charlie Kleinman has given the food a sophisticated San Fran twist. 960 1280

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Wexler's Pulled Lamb Sandwich

Wexler's Pulled Lamb Sandwich

The "pulled" lamb sandwich is topped with an unusual mix of watermelon vinegar, pickled watermelon rind and red cabbage slaw. Does it have the flavors to earn the regional title? Watch to find out! 960 1280

Tony George Photography  

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