Road Trip to Jocko's


Sometimes it's just nice to get away, but an extended trip just really isn't an option.  That's where road trips come into play.  So a while back my friend's visited Jocko's out in Nipomo.  It's out in the middle of nowhere.  After a few weeks of hearing them rave about how good the ribs are there, I threw out the idea of just driving out one weekend, eating, and driving back.  So this morning, I drove to LA and picked them up, and 3 hours later we were in Nipomo.

So unlike most Texas or Tennessee or Memphis style bbq, Jocko's isn't smoked for an entire day or rubbed down with a secret dry rub or basted with an intense bbq sauce.  The pit masters at Jocko's keep it simple.  Everything they have on them menu is grilled over a wood fire pit and seasoned with salt and pepper.  It's pretty mind blowing how amazing the meat comes out.

We ended up ordering an order of pork ribs, a 17oz steak, and an order of pork chops.  The steak was fatty and juice and full of smokey salty goodness.  It definitely wasn't a dry aged perfectly marbled cut of anything expensive, but it was simply delicious and completely satisfying.  The ribs, the main attraction, were finger licking good.  My first bite confused me a bit.  I found myself thinking, a nearly 7 hour round trip for this?  So I took another bite.  The smokiness starts settling in.  Okay so it's getting better.  Finally another bite, and i'm hooked.  The combination of smokey salty fall of the bone fattiness had me hooked.  They were amazing.

The pork chops were a bit dry, and the rest of the dishes (salad, baked potato, etc..) were pretty forgetful.  The biggest surprise of the meal was the Texas toast they serve.  Buttery cheesy goodness!  It was delicious and while i'm a bit regretful of filling up on free bread so much, it was definitely immensely satisfying.  So overall Jocko's has my seal of approval.  I'm still questioning the 7 hours and roughly 350mi of driving, but that's what road trips are all about.  Good company, good times, and good eats.  If you're ever passing through, make sure you drop by and check them out!

Jocko's Steak House
125 N Thompson Ave
Nipomo, CA 93444



X-E1 Snaps: July 4th!


Ended up spending the 4th bbq'ing with some friends at the Rose Bowl.  It's been a while since i've gotten to see a live fireworks show!  Felt like a little kid again.  I was super excited to take some firework photos with the X-E1 but sadly I had to free hand these longer exposures because I left my tripod at home.  Hopefully i'll remember next year, but enjoy these photos! 

X-E1 Snaps: Bludso's BBQ

Sometimes you just need to eat some meat, and a lot of it.  I've never really had a go to bbq spot, but now i've found it!  Bludso's BBQ on La Brea.  The bbq is smokey, moist, fatty, and just delicious.  There's tons of different methods of preparation  but to me it all begins with a good dry rub and smoke.  Bludso's dry rub recipe is an amazing mix of sweet and spicy and when mixed with their smoking style creates a ridiculously good flavor.  If you haven't had any good BBQ you owe it to yourself to check them out.  If you're a purist, definitely check out their Compton location as i've heard it's even better than the new spot on La Brea.