S and I have been wanting to try other barbecue restaurants in San Diego, even though Coop’s has been our favorite for a long time now. I guess our thinking is that it never hurts to discover more good BBQ…? Haha. Anyway, Brazen BBQ was on our list, and we visited with our friend A.
Parking was sort of a pain, being in Hillcrest and all, but we eventually found some street parking a couple of streets away.
I immediately noticed the specials board, which included Tex-Mex Mondays. It’s so weird for me to see Tex-Mex here in San Diego, with its abundance of Baja-style Mexican cuisine.
We also noticed plenty of accolades for the restaurant:
Apparently Brazen has won many BBQ competitions in California and other places around the country. I wonder how Coop’s would fare in such competitions… probably smoke everyone out of the water, haha.
We had read from Yelp reviews that Brazen is most famous for their ribs, but we also wanted to try the brisket – my BBQ staple. In the end, we settled on a “Family Platter” – you could choose three meats and three regular sides.In addition to brisket and ribs, we also chose pulled pork.