Coop’s BBQ San Diego – West Texas BBQ at its Best!

Phil’s BBQ, you know you are great, but there’s a new kid in town!  Coop’s West Texas BBQ is the best San Diego BBQ addition in years.  Coop’s BBQ has only been open a few months (Oct. of 2010), but you can tell it’s taken years to perfect the flavors.  (In fact, Coop mentioned the BBQ secrets were passed down from his Dad).

Checkout this smoker!!  We found wonderful smoke rings on most everything we ate – the brisket, ribs, and even the pulled pork.  The smoke ring is nice to look at, but that flavor was to die for…..mmmmmm.

As you can see their specialties are pulled pork, beef brisket, pork spareribs, and smoked chicken. The only thing we didn’t get to try was the chicken.  That’s definitely up next!

The inside of the restaurant was simple, but roomy.  We were the only ones there initially, but a few more trickled in.  Everyone’s reaction was the same, “YUM!!!”

We settled on two combo plates.  I got the pork spareribs with beef brisket.  My sides included collard greens and red beans and rice.  The collards were surprisingly delicious (with the right amount of sweetness to counterbalance the heavy meats) and the red beans and rice were decent.

My wife got the pulled pork, sausage, collards, and baked beans.

Coop’s BBQ sauce was fantastic.  The molasses made this sweet and tangy sauce stand out.  It’s not quite as vinegary as Phil’s, but it was the perfect complement to the deep smokiness infused within the meats.

Okay, onto the meat!  Here you can see the beef brisket was nice and tender.  The pink smoke ring that surrounded the edge was certainly indicative of it’s robust and deep flavor.  This brisket had the perfect balance of meat to fat.

The pork spareribs come two different ways… bone on as you see here, or you can just order the “rib tips”.  We like the bone in, but I’m sure the rib tips are great too.

So the pulled pork was the show stopper!  Although not as pleasing to the eye, this smoked pork was crazy goodness!  Thanks Coop’s BBQ for bringing this into my life.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Again, there was a great balance of meat to fat just like the brisket.  The smoke flavor and saltiness was perfectly distributed throughout.  I don’t even really know how to explain it, except it was AWESOME!  You have to try this and let me know what you think.

Coop’s BBQ in San Diego (Lemon Grove technically), is something special.  It’s a bit of a drive, but well worth it.  Just checkout their ratings on yelp!  They have 5 stars with 30+ reviews in just 3 months.  That’s pretty darn incredible.  Don’t get me wrong… I still love Phil’s Kansas style BBQ, but Coop’s has filled a Texas BBQ void in San Diego.  This is some of the tastiest BBQ I’ve ever tried and I’ve traveled throughout Texas – including Lockhart – the BBQ capital!

The secret is out.  Just save some pulled pork and brisket for me.

Coop’s West Texas BBQ 
2625 Lemon Grove Ave.
Lemon Grove, CA 91945 

(619) 589 0478

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