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SURVEY: Best BBQ in Baltimore

I heard RUB (on Light Street) is great. Is it any good? What are your favorite BBQ places in Baltimore.

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  1. IMHO, Andy Nelsons in Cockeysville is by far the best Q that Baltimore has to offer.

    1. I live about two miles from Andy Nelson's and while it's a decent Q, I certainly find the Q at Kloby's on Rolling Road to be superior. Worth the drive from Hunt Valley.

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      1. re: onocoffee

        Is there an address/website/phone number around for Koby's? TIA


        1. re: Pool Boy

          I doubt it. It's just a little place stuck in a strip mall. I liked it, but I wouldn't rate it over Andy's.

        2. Big Bad Wolf on Harford Rd. in Hamilton is very good.

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          1. re: ko1

            I usually love Andy Nelson's but the last time I had the pulled Turkey Q, it tasted like sloppy joe no matter what I put on it. Love their potato salad and beans though.
            Bid Bad Wolf has outstanding pulled pork and eastern shore chicken!

            1. re: ko1

              ko1 - Do you think Big Bad Wolf is better than Andy Nelson's? If so, I'm gonna have to tell Mr. sistereurope that his #1 has some competition!!!

              1. re: sistereurope

                I'd say they were comparable. Others on here would disagree. BBW is also 5 minutes from my house.

                1. re: sistereurope

                  I am not sure I would say better, I've never had the ribs at either place so I can't say how those are, I think the pulled pork at BBW is better then Andy Nelson's (runs to the corner and waits the flaming to begin).

                2. re: ko1

                  Ditto for Big Bad Wolf...Do you have an address please? TIA!


                3. Shorty's on Falls Road. It's best for carry out although there are some outdoor picnic tables. Shorty also provides catering and you can call ahead during the day if you want something in particular to pick up for dinner. Location is in the suburbs but it's worth it! Also heard about Big Bad Wolf on Harford Road in Lauraville, but haven't tried it yet.

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                  1. re: ali123

                    Definitely have to agree about Shorty's. Not only are the ribs good, Shorty is quite the character!

                    1. re: ali123

                      Shorty's has just opened a "2nd location".....they have a trailer set up in the parking lot of the Reiterstown Volunteer Fire Dept on Main Street.....had the Rib Tips last week.....AWESOME !

                    2. RUB is ... all right, I guess. It's a fantastic place to watch some football, drink a few beers, and eat some food that's much better than what you get at most places that show the games, but the times I've gone there solely for food I've been sort of disappointed. I think that just about any of the other bbq places listed in this thread serve a vastly superior product to RUB if the Q is what you're choosing by.

                      1. I know a lot of people hate Corner Stable and tell me I am crazy, but I like it. It's apples and oranges when you compare Andy Nelson's to Corner Stable -- it is too hard to compare. I give the nod to Andy Nelson's for pure flavor and smoke -- but they have no french fries! Corner Stable has a fries and ribs platter that calls me from time to time and I just can't ignore it.

                        But I really do like AN's beans and potato salad. Yum!


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                        1. re: Pool Boy

                          The Corner Stable has its' place and I do enjoy eating there once every blue moon. In fact, I prefer Corner Stable over Andy Nelson's. Corner Stable follows that boil before you slather and grill your ribs philosophy, so the babybacks are extremely tender and easily fall off the bone. Pair that with their broasted (fried) chicken, french fries and beans, and you've got yourself a feast for two.

                          To my taste, the biggest problem with Andy Nelson's is that everything is the same. There's no textural or flavor difference in any of their offerings. Everything is slathered with the same rub and cooked in the smoker. Chicken, turkey, beef, pork, potato - it's all the same and is quite boring.

                          Big Bad Wolf isn't bad, just a bit inconsistent. There are some decent flavors, it's too easy for them to overcook the chicken - which is an extreme disappointment since I drive from Hunt Valley.

                          Only been to Shorty's once and found it to be okay. The guy was friendly, but the place isn't very comfortable to eat so I'm not in a rush to go back.

                          Comparatively, Kloby's offers variety in offerings, flavors and textures - most of which has been compelling. From the three types of ribs to the pulled pork to the brisket to the fried fish - all very tasty and nicely executed. If I could swap Nelson and Kloby's spots so that Kloby's was in Cockeysville, I'd be a happy camper.

                          One of the best things about Kloby's is their approach to brisket. Thinly sliced (presumably on a deli slicer) which brings out the luscious flavor of the meat. Most places hand slice their brisket, leaving it too thick and just kinda blah. This brisket is delicate, tender and delicious.

                        2. andy nelsons...amazing pulled pork.

                          1. I'm starting to make the 'cue rounds in this burg. Hit Andy Nelson's yesterday, and was thinking about BBW today. But neither offer hot links. Do any of the Baltimore spots do hot links?

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                            1. re: Dmnkly

                              Thanks for the heads up. I wasn't too impressed with Andy Nelson's, but I went to ECU, so it is hard for anyone to live up to eastern carolina pulled pork (B's outside of Greenville is the best IMHO). I'll check out Chelsea the cat.

                            2. My favorite BBQ place in Baltimore is Mr. Chelsea's in Owings Mills.

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                              1. re: Mini

                                Thx for the tip on Mr. Chelsea's. I work right near there.