Nestled in The Orchard at Saddleback, near the corner of El Toro Road and Rockfield Boulevard, is Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. The exterior looks like a farm house with side veranda (patio seating). Once you enter, the bustling servers are running around with plates of barbeque and the decorative signs and photos pop out at you with vibrant colors. Visit Lucille’s website for the history of the restaurant: http://www.lucillesBBQ.com/about. It’s quite a heart-warming story.
In the Appetizer section are Lucille’s Onion Straws. A mountain of irresistible buttermilk battered fresh onions, seasoned and deep-fried and served with their own BBQ ranch dipping sauce. These onion straws are amazing! These are fried like a good fried chicken – salt, pepper, flour. If you can get the right combination, the flavor is addictive. The portion is just right for 2 people to share while your barbeque plates are being prepared. Thumbs up, way up!
Let’s get Low and Slow with some authentic Southern barbeque! All of their BBQ is slowly smoked with hickory wood and served with Homemade Biscuits and apple butter and your choice of 2 sides: Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Shoestring Fries, Baked Potato, Potato Salad, Sweet Potato Fries, Macaroni & Cheese, Creamy Cheese Grits, Southern Braised Greens, Creamy Coleslaw, Honey Roasted Peanut Slaw, Fresh Vegetables, BBQ Beans, Fresh Corn on the Cob or Sweet Mashed Potatoes.
The BBQ Two Meat Combo Platter is your choice of two of Lucille’s best meats: BBQ tri tip, BBQ half chicken, baby back ribs, St. Louis ribs, beef ribs, spicy hot link, pulled pork, rib tips or beef brisket. In this case, BBQ tri tip and beef brisket were chosen along with creamy cheese grits and shoestring fries. The tri tip was very smoky and tender. You can tell that the tri-tip was smoked to perfection by the smoke ring on the meat (see photo). The brisket was extremely tender and juicy, turning into almost pot roast level consistency. The flavor had just the right amounts of smoke and salt. The cheese grits were fantastic – creamy, cheesy, and a bit of a kick from the jalapenos! The shoestring fries were okay. The coating on the fries tasted a little weird, almost metallic. Thumbs up!
St. Louis Spare Ribs are lean, juicy pork ribs, seasoned with Lucille’s special rub, slowly smoked, then grilled and basted with their homemade BBQ sauce. Southern braised greens and sweet potato fries were chosen as the sides. The ribs had a rich, smoky flavor with a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce. The ribs were a little tough – maybe cooked too long or too hot making them dry. But the sweet potato fries were cooked just right with a nice combo of sweet and salty. The greens had all the bitterness cooked out of them leaving only the base flavor of the leaves. Thumbs up!
Got room for dessert? The Snickers Ice Cream Pie is chopped Snickers bars mixed with vanilla bean ice cream in a crisp, chocolate cookie crust and served with homemade caramel and chocolate sauces. This dessert was like a Cold Stone creation in a pie crust. The chopped up snickers bars were minced and blended perfectly into the ice cream. The chocolate cookie crust helps keep the pie together and helps you scrape up the caramel and chocolate sauce. Thumbs up, way up!
If you are looking for some good Southern barbeque, head on over to Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que. She’ll take care of you.
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 4 out of 5 stars
Décor: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 4 out of 5 stars
For more information:
Lucille’s Smokehose Bar-B-Que
23760 El Toro Rd
Lake Forest, CA 92630-4711