Primitive Smoke BBQ

A lot of times I go to a bbq I don’t care for the sauce.  Sauce is usually sweet, hot, or tangy.  This place is different.  Sauce here is one of the best I’ve found in San Diego.  Just the right amount of sweetness blended with other flavors I liked but not sure what they are.  I tried asking but the secrets of the recipe are locked away like KFC’s chicken recipe.  I ordered the caveman sampler which gives you a small portion of every meat.  

Order here.

Pork spare ribs were dry rubbed heavily in paprika.  Took a bit of effort to chew through.  I’d prefer more smoke and less paprika.

Brisket had some nice flavors from the dry rubbed bark.  Melt in your mouth tender.  Good smoky aroma from the hickory and peach wood smoker.

Pulled pork was tender and juicy.  Flavor was smoky and savory.

Hot links were a bit hot for me.  I prefer mild links.

Chicken was juicy and falling off the bone.  Skin absorbed delicious flavor from the dry rub.

Fries were heavily seasoned and salty.  They had a nice crisp and I could tell they use good quality oil here.

Executive Chef Jermaine & Owner Brandon in front of their smoker.


Turkey leg being smoked.


Hickory at the top. Peach wood at the bottom.

Owner was very nice and came by to check on everybody.  He told me the meats were smoked about 12 hours in either hickory or peach wood.  Pulled pork is my fav item here.  They only have outdoor seating so you will want to get your order to go in the cold of winter.

Cold winter day in Pacific Beach.

Primitive Smoke BBQ
1037 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 230-7212

6 Replies to “Primitive Smoke BBQ”

  1. Never heard of peach wood being used before. Great smoker picture!

  2. Thanks! The owner said peach wood is very rare.

  3. Was the sampler plate expensive? Looks big enough to share between two people. I never heard about this place so thanks for reviewing –

    1. You are welcome! It was $32.99 and just the right size for 2 people. Get extra sauce as it’s really good!

  4. so their smoker is inside! hope they have good vents! there’s three BBQ places in PB now and I’ve only tried Iron Pig Alehouse for a few bites. Need to go back soon!

    1. We enjoyed Iron Pig Alehouse too. They have a good happy hour!

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