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Damien Scroggins leaves smoked barbecue aroma trail

FOODIE FEASTER: Damien Scroggins Smokehouse Barbecue; feasting pleasure for any occasion COMPTON – The name Damien Scroggins may not readily ring as a household name, but that’s soon to change. Scroggins was co-founder/owner of Bludso’s Barbecue,

FOODIE FEASTER: Damien Scroggins Smokehouse Barbecue; feasting pleasure for any occasion

COMPTON – The name Damien Scroggins may not readily ring as a household name, but that’s soon to change. Scroggins was co-founder/owner of Bludso’s Barbecue, the stellar smoked meat ‘cue joint that left Compton over a tenant-landlord dispute for greener pastures in Hollywood in 2016.

Compton Herald | Foodie FeasterThe city has been void of an exceptional barbecue eatery since Bludso’s moved on, and that has created a golden opportunity for someone with impeccable grilling skills to claim the “Go-To Spot” in Compton and the surrounding communities as Bludso’s enjoyed for years.

Foodie Feaster embarked on the smoked ‘cue trail and our nose led us to Scroggins Smokehouse Barbecue for ribs, chicken, brisket, pulled pork, and rib tips. We traveled to the diner in Lomita at 1737 Lomita Blvd., (the original Compton site is being refurbished) to sample the ‘cue – it was truly amazing, thoroughly wood smoked, succulent, savory, and falling off the bone. Compton may have a new Barbecue King.once the doors swing open.

I’m not blowing smoke in your ears when I say pit master Damien Scroggins knows his way around the grill. Scroggins and Kevin Bludso was a potent tandem in Compton on south Long Beach boulevard that faded to black when Bludso cut his losses and skedaddled for Tinseltown. Other barbecue joints have settled in the city, but a real ‘cue connoisseur knows the difference between satisfactory grilling and truly outstanding grilling.  One taste of the Scroggins brand is all that’s necessary to make that determination.

Damien Scroggins has created a superb formula for grilling mastery. I attempted to pry some of his secrets, but Scroggins wasn’t having it, except to say:

“I [grill] my meats at a slow and low temperature with the blends of pecan, red oak, and apple woods to the point that it is falling off the bone,” he said. “Our ribs and pulled pork are seasoned with our Scroggins House Rub.”

Currently, the only place to get your chops on some of this fabulous barbecue is in the South Bay in the City of Lomita. But, I can say unequivocally, it is well worth the trip. “We are working diligently to get back to Compton,” Scroggins said. “But due to the city’s citations with the landlord, we are [also] looking in nearby cities.

“We still offer catering and special events. You will enjoy the food it’s just a different name. Thank you for calling and we hope to see you at our next pop-up event and all summer,” says Scroggins. “We refuse to compromise on quality in our brand. That’s why we source our fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets.”

Scroggins Smokehouse BBQ. Hours: Monday thru Wednesday: 11a.m. to 9 p.m.; pop hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Closed Sunday. Call (310) 637-1342 or visit www.scrogginsbbq.com. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @scrogginsbbqcompton

 

 

 

 

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