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The Find: Scottie's Smokehouse in Old Towne Orange

March 25, 2009 |  1:50 pm


It's easy to see why Scottie's Smokehouse is this week's Find:

Every order at Scottie's Smokehouse in Orange passes through owner Darren Scott's hands, whether it's a blackened slab of brisket awaiting a deft swipe of the knife or a golden-skinned chicken about to be pulled apart. It's an exacting process, but that control is crucial because Scott has barbecue in his blood.

He inherited the necessary low-and-slow genes from his grandfather Darwin Scott, who worked his barbecue joint in Santa Ana from 1935 to 1943, when the war channeled the country's meat into servicemen's rations. Hanging near the kitchen is a photo of the original Scottie's -- a square shack carved out of a forested corner of the still-nascent city -- that serves as proof of the family's slow-smoked history. And that's all Darren Scott needs. "In this family," he says, "barbecue is just something you know you're probably good at."

Photo:  The pulled pork sandwich at Scottie's. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times