I found a great little BBQ joint in West Hills this a couple of weekends ago thanks to a hot tip from my good friend Mr. B-Stizzle. Itâ€™s a pretty small little restaurant with a long name; It’s In The Sauce, Texas Style BBQ Sandwich Shop. There is absolutely no seating in or outside of the restaurant, so be prepared to take your meal with you. But, also prepare yourself for some tasty eats.
The menu is basically BBQ sandwiches, as the name implies (funny how that works), and a small assortment of side dishes and a couple of desserts. They also offer some BBQ scraps, trimmed off of tri-tip, that you can purchase to take home to your dog(s). The scraps are mostly fat with some chunks of meat, but Gwen and Swifty didnâ€™t mind at all.
The cashier was very friendly and accommodating and informed me that they also have two other locations, both of them in Ventura County (Oxnard and Ventura). He mentioned that restaurant in Ventura and has a larger menu selection, ribs and such, with plenty of outside seating. The Ventura location was also given much praise by Lee G, a BBQ Junkie reader, who says that it is his favorite BBQ restaurant in Southern California.
I had a barbecue craving this day that would not quit and the only thing that appealed to me was the BBQ pork sandwich (chopped pork, not to be confused with the pulled variety). My wife, well, she went with the hot link sandwich. We both ordered combos, which included a side and a drink. We opted for â€œmomâ€™s BBQ beans and the â€œmother-in-laws coleslaw.â€ The drinks were from a standard drink fountain just in case you were wondering.
I was amazed at how tasty these sandwiches were. I could be extra critical here and say that the pork sandwich had too much sauce and you couldnâ€™t really taste the pork. But, that would be missing the point. This BBQ sandwich was pretty good. It wasnâ€™t one thing that stood out as great, but I think that it was the combination of the smoked pork, BBQ sauce and buttered French roll. That was it, a pretty simple sandwich. Perhaps it was just my hunger talking. I had a taste of my wifeâ€™s hot link sandwich, and I would say that it was better than the BBQ pork. A very delicious hotlink placed inside of a buttered roll with BBQ sauce. Yum. Be warned that it is a little spicy but not too hot.
Let me get to the sides. First off I should have thought twice about the coleslaw when I saw the cashier reach for the last container in the fridge then yell out to the guy in the back â€œwe â€˜re out of coleslaw, you need to make some more.â€ Needless to say, it was a little soggy but it had a good basic coleslaw flavor. The â€œmomâ€™s BBQ beansâ€ on the other hand were extraordinary. I would say some of the best BBQ beans that Los Angeles has to offer. Well, and Ventura County too. They got just the right amount of sweetness and are loaded with smoked BBQ pork chunks. Absolutely delicious.
I have to say that I was impressed with this small restaurant with a simple menu. I have since returned and tried out the BBQ tri-tip sandwich and the sweet potato pie. The tri-tip sandwich is ok, not as good as the pork or the hot link. The sweet potato pie on the other hand is worth mentioning. It tastes homemade, in a good way. Although not quite as good as my recipe it is worth trying out. If you have been to any of this restaurantâ€™s locations let me know what you thought of it by leaving a comment below. I am curious about their Ventura County menu, especially the ribs.
BBQ hot link sandwich.
BBQ pork sandwich
Coleslaw and the super delicious BBQ beans.
It’s in the Sauce
7606 Fallbrook Ave. #10
West Hills, CA 91304
it’s on the corner of Fallbrook and Saticoy.
Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm, closed Sundays
It’s in the Sauce, Oxnard
1661 Pacific Ave.
Oxnard, CA 93033 #11
It’s in the Sauce, Ventura
2050 E. Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
(it’s right across the street from Ventura High School)