Adam Perry Lang’s latest event ‘The Serious Barbecue Back Lot BBQ’, is a one-of-a-kind outdoor dining experience on the Jimmy Kimmel Live back lot. A portion of the lot has been transformed into a barbecue and grilling paradise, with a 2-ton, custom-built pit smoker along with a Texas burn pit to make charcoal from cords of split pecan wood.
“I always dreamed about doing a slice of country in an urban center,” Adam Perry Lang explained during our conversation about why he decided a “pop-up” BBQ restaurant on Jimmy Kimmel’s backlot was a good idea. “I’ve always thought a lot about the myth that you can’t get good BBQ in the city. I just stared to just pick the whole notion apart,” Chef Perry continued.
“People forget about the emotional connection BBQ has, they stop thinking about the BBQ first and start thinking about the equipment they must have to do it,” he said. “I tried to look at it from a point of view of forgetting what my limitations are. I looked at what I needed to do create authentic backwoods barbecue and then figure out what I needed to make it work in an urban environment. And this is what I cam up with.”
In his first year on the national barbecue circuit, Adam won Grand Champion honors at the World Pork Expo, and first place for his Pork Shoulder at the Kansas City American Royal a.k.a. “The World Series of BBQ” in 2005.
“I was talking with Jimmy Kimmel and he suggested I get a food truck and open up on his backlot,” he said about how this all came about. “I asked him how much space I could take and jimmy said just let me know what you want to do, so I just put this thing together,.”
Besides promoting the release of Serious Barbecue the backlot barbecue also helped Adam to get back to what he loves most, cooking. “This project has enabled me to cook again. It’s all about balance in your life. I’d been itching to cook again,” Chef Lang told me. “I just needed to get cooking again. The balance between businessman, chef, author and everything else was out of balance.”
The Serious Barbecue Back Lot BBQ is a community event that will feed the L.A.C.E.R. Afterschool Program and P.A.T.H.*, along with others in need.
“Another reason I did this was to connect with the Los Angeles diner. So many people have told me that the average LA diner doesn’t understand BBQ. I didn’t know what that meant, so now I’m getting to know them,” he continued. I’ve been looking for a place to open another barbecue restaurant. I’ve been taking my time looking for the right spot.”
I asked Adam about what he’s discovered about the “LA Diner, “They are just like everyone else, they love great food. If people didn’t accept this then I’ve moved to the wrong city, because I’m not going to change style of cooking. It means to much to me, I’d just have to get up and move somewhere else.”
According to Adam’s website he now resides in Southern California with his family, and will be opening a new barbecue restaurant and butchery concept in Los Angeles in the coming year. Additionally, he has been traveling across the country, learning from some of the most talented bladesmiths, to develop his own knives in a style that celebrates American craftsmanship.
*L.A.C.E.R. provides under-served middle and high school youth with an arts and literacy based after-school program, and P.A.T.H. provides the support that homeless individuals and families need in order to successfully transition from living on the street to thriving in homes of their own.
*P.A.T.H. services provides the support that homeless individuals and families need in order to successfully transition from living on the street to thriving in homes of their own. High-quality supportive services are critical to ensuring that the people we serve are able to not only move into permanent homes, but stay in permanent homes long-term. The services we provide are available to anyone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
CREDIT: Photos on this page are by Kevin Reyes and reprinted with permission of Adam Perry Lang.