BBQ + Brunch? I’m in. Named one of LA’s best, Barrel & Ashes serves up a mighty meat-filled brunch along with classic brunch dishes like benedicts and breakfast sandwiches (unfortunately, neither are GF as is). Most gluten-intolerant folks think BBQ, and rule it out since gluten sneaks in where they would least expect it to (BBQ sauce – hello!), but at Barrel & Ashes, the menu is chock full of goodies to enjoy without compromising anyone’s tastebuds…
One classic that we can indulge in is the Frito Pie. A gaping hole cut out in the center of the bag is full of the crunchy Frito chips, topped with beans, sour cream, chives, salsa, and cheese. Although a side dish, it’s filling – do not miss out on this one. Afterwards came what we considered the palette cleanser aka the lightest dish of the day – the smoked beet salad with a citrus yogurt and pistachios. This was a nice mid-meal course to gear us up for the most welcome monstrosity that came next.
Brunch was taken to a whole new level with the smoked meat platter. All of the meats were smoked in house, and without the BBQ sauce, which contained small amounts of Worcestershire (those ULTRA sensitive should avoid), are all GF. The spare ribs, however, are topped with a wet mop and the pulled pork is made with Carolina vinegar, so unfortunately those two are out of the option. We enjoyed a board of the brisket, the beef rib that melted off the bone, the original sausage, and Mary’s free-range chicken.
As if we weren’t’ stuffed enough, we had a traditional brunch dish – Huevos Rancheros. Once of my favorite breakfast dishes around, this was a hit off of the traditional Mexican dish. So now we really thought we were full, until the strawberry lemonade sorbet came out that shockingly vanished within minutes….
The meats are all first-come-first-serve; so once that brisket is all served, that’s it folks. The beef ribs that we enjoyed will most likely be on rotation, but you honestly cannot go wrong with any meat selection. Additionally, all benedicts can be prepared without biscuits, and all salads are safe for consumption.
Veteran brunchers! – Brunch cocktails are also available!