Family-owned and operated Ray's BBQ now a hot spot in Huntington Park

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Saturday, July 1, 2023
Ray's BBQ in Huntington Park sets off serious culinary fireworks
Family-owned Ray's BBQ started as a backyard barbecue in 2016, but word spread over social media and it's now a hot spot in Huntington Park.

HUNTINGTON PARK, Calif. (KABC) -- It's not the Fourth of July without barbecue!

And Ray's BBQ in Huntington Park is setting off some serious culinary fireworks. The smoker is heating up, the gloves are on and Raul is trimming the brisket. Hours pass and it is a beautiful before and after.

"Little by little we got traction. The driveway started getting busier and busier with customers," said co-owner Sebastian Ramirez.

Ray's BBQ opened its doors in 2016. It is family-owned-and-operated. It started as a backyard BBQ, and then gained traction on Facebook.

"Somehow, someway we had enough money to open up this little joint," Ramirez said.

Today it's a hot spot in the city of HP. The best sellers include the smoked brisket, the pork dry-rubbed ribs, and the Brisket Pit Master Sandwich: cole slaw, pickles, brisket, jalapeno, house-made aioli and melted pepper jack cheese.

Also, make sure to check out the jalapeño cheddar and guisado sausage. The most popular sides are the macaroni and cheese, BBQ beans, and BBQ rice.

"I give it all to my mom because she makes all the sides from scratch from her own recipes and it's all influenced from how she grew up in El Salvador," Ramirez explained.

Ray's is a barbecue business that began out of passion and necessity, when Sebastian and Raul's father, Rene Ray Ramirez, was unemployed. He passed last year. A mural in his honor is painted on the wall inside.

Sebastian says he is thankful for the community's continued support and he knows his father would be proud.

"I can't imagine how proud he would be but I hope he is and I kind of know. I feel that he is. It really touches my heart because it opens my mind to how far our support reaches. We have no idea but somewhere the word is getting spread around and it's heartwarming," he said.

Ray's BBQ is closed Sundays and Mondays. It will be open on the Fourth of July if you'd like to stop in.