Slab barbecue restaurant
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Burt Bakman moves his precision barbecuing to a restaurant: Slab

A barbecue platter at Slab.

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Burt Bakman holds a beef rib at Slab, his first restaurant. He is known for his Texas-style smoking at Trudy’s Underground Barbecue, otherwise known as his San Fernando Valley backyard.

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Pit master Burt Bakman assembles a platter in his new restaurant kitchen.

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Beef ribs at Slab

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Texas-style brisket at Slab

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Barbecue pit master Burt Bakman at his new restaurant, Slab, on Los Angeles’ 3rd Street.

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Brisket at Slab

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The atmosphere at Slab

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The exterior of Slab, 8136 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles

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