The West’s Best BBQ

    In and around Santa Maria, California, succulent oak-grilled barbecue is a way of life, but the region has largely remained off the national radar. Here, an easy-to-use map of our favorite BBQ joints.

Pictured: Jocko’s in Nipomo, CA

In and around Santa Maria, California, succulent oak-grilled barbecue is a way of life, but the region has largely remained off the national radar. Based on the three well-fed years of research I did for my August story on the simple but wonderful barbecue found all along California’s Central Coast, I assembled my favorites into this easy-to-use Google map.