Locally, this is the lovely art of food cooked on a hot grill1. Charcoal, gas, Wiki events, or just take-out, here's where you can go locally for your BBQ fix.
There are restaurants:
- Dickey's BBQ Pit in North Davis
- BigNugg_BBQ_Co — in Dixon
- Ludy's Main St BBQ and Catering — Local fave, in Woodland
- Barbary Coast Savannah BBQ - Carolina BBQ in Midtown Sacramento (Yes, Savannah is in Georgia, Carolina is a style of BBQ).
- Texas West BBQ - Popular Texas Style BBQ Place in Sacramento
- JR's Texas Bar-B-Que - Another popular and generally more authentic Texas BBQ in Sacramento
- or see the Hawaiian Barbecue page
See Barbecue Grills
There are also Wiki BBQ's, which strictly speaking are cookouts. Because, strictly speaking, the barbecue refers to the grill and cooking vs. the entire gathering?
Few pastimes exist that are not subject to government interference and BBQ grilling is no exemption. Dwellers of single family homes and duplexes are largely left unscathed by the fire marshal, however those in multiple-family dwellings (apartments, condos, townhouses, etc.) are subject to several regulations as of January 1, 2008:
- No grill may be operated on a "combustible balcony" or within 10' of "combustible construction", unless the entire structure is equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system. (IFC 308.3.1)
- Propane tanks larger than 2.5 lbs (camp stove size) may not be stored or operated on a "combustible balcony" or within 10' of "combustible construction", even if fire sprinklers are present. (IFC 308.3.1.1)
- You may store a charcoal grill on a balcony or next to a building if the grill is not being used.
- You may store a propane grill on a balcony or next to a building if the grill is not being used and the propane tank is stored elsewhere.
These state fire codes effectively prevent most apartment dwellers from operating a BBQ grill with any sort of open flame. Electric BBQ grills are an alternative, although they take longer and food doesn't taste as good. While there is no provision specifically pertaining to BBQ grills in the Davis Model Lease, many apartment complexes have their own rules that ban outdoor grills altogether.
1. People from regions where barbeque means slow cooking in a low temperature should keep in mind that most que in California is not barbeque at all, but rather grilled meat with sauce, usually Texan or sweet Texan. Pits are hard to find, and the wide range of sauces typically found on the table in restaurants on the east coast (eastern North Carolina's sweet vinegar, South Carolina mustard based, St. Louis tomato and spices) appear to be utterly absent from the state. As a result of the confusion between grilling and barbeque, standard fare such as smoked pulled pork (as opposed to roasted pulled pork) or burnt ends are very hard to find. Keep in mind that in many places where que is king, the best local burritos are at Taco Bell... so enjoy the local fare, and feel bad for the people from Davis who are sitting in Tennessee, staring at a chalupa and trying in vain to explain to the locals that it isn't really Mexican.