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Los Angeles, CA


Burt Bakman is the owner and pitmaster of SLAB Barbecue. As the mastermind behind Trudy’s Underground barbecue in Los Angeles, Bakman built a reputation from his skill at the smoker and an obsessive Instagram following among LA’s notoriously fickle foodies. SLAB, the brainchild of Bakman and the h.wood Group, was born in 2015. The team agreed that whatever was to come would not only have to be dedicated to the best quality brisket and ribs but would need to be faithful to the elbow-rubbing charm of Bakman’s backyard barbecue. After 3 years of perfecting the space, kitchen, and recipes, SLAB officially opened as a brick-and-mortar location in November of 2018.