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Where are the best bbq ribs in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area???

Wanting to continue and update a conversation from earlier this year that had a lot of good traction and a number of good suggestions. I’m always looking for the next great hole-in-the wall or best kept neighborhood secret.

Since we last talked - here is my updated list of where I have been. Same qualifications as before - ribs first, followed by other items (sandwiches, brisket, etc). I prefer to try my ribs dry to get real feel for the quality and taste of the meat and then add sauce later. A good sauce is always best with white bread. Also, good side items do not make up for bad meat.

FYI: not afraid to travel. can come from a shack, questionable neighborhoods, or top quality restaurant - but no national chains (famous daves, etc) I only care if it is good.

------ The Best-------

Alabama BBQ - I had high expectations because of the name of the place, put down an entire rack (which is rare these days), and ate a sandwich. Spoke to the owner/cook for quite a bit of time - he knows his stuff. I highly recommend.

Andy Nelsons – Meat is tender, falls off the bone with ease. Get them dry, great rub

KBQ BBQ - Great sides, great smoky taste, tender. Very affordable. Possibly second best

Smokey Hollow – one of the best, unfortunately now closed

------ Will Recommend -------

Williads Real Pit BBQ - very consistent; you know what you are going to get - never great, never bad, but always good... This place would benefit tremendously by upgrading the quality of their meat. great sauces - especially for dipping bread.

Rocklands - hit or miss, I have had a great cut, I've had a not-so great cut. Love the Mac N Cheese (and as a bbq purist - that says a lot about the Mac N Cheese).

Klobys BBQ – meat was very tender

Johnny Boys Carryout - a little salty, but the sweet sauce was pretty good

Rib Pit - If you like smoky meat - this is your place. A little dry, but not enough to complain about it. Other than smoke though, not much flavor other than that. Bonus points because the cook took his time and hand picked out a rack - throwing out ribs that were not up to his standards. Pretty nice, considering most places just pick up a rack and give you half, regardless of whether it was cooked well, was meaty, or not.

Dixiebones - I had high expectations for this place -- they were not met. Decent food, nothing special.

------ Never Again -------

Old Glory – not very good

Capitol Q - not very good

Johnny Mac Ribs - not smoked, to much fat, no taste

Randy’s Ribs – inedible - the only bbq i have not been able to finish because I didn't like the taste in my mouth.

------ need to try -------

The Original Johnny Boys (not affiliated to Johnny Boys Carryout)

Might Midget Kitchen (Must order in advance)

Allmans BBQ

Virginia BBQ

Big Bad Wolfe

Urban BBQ

Here is the link last conversation: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/446586. Please let me know if I should take anything off of my to try list or add anything new.

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  1. My most recent find was is Mr P's Ribs, located in a converted school bus, in the Safeway Shopping Center @ Rhode Island NE. They are only there on Friday-Sunday. If they have a storefront/restaurant, I think it's in MD.

    In terms of BBQ generally
    - Capital Q is the closest DC comes to Texas - and it's bad rip-off of Rudy's - don't recommend travelling for this one.
    - Dixie Bones - Great if you're @ Potomac Mills, but I wouldn't drive for this either.

    - Old Glory - not a destintation place by any means.

    - Texas Rib Kings - In Clinton, MD - This is an office favorite, but i'd go with Red Hot and Blue before TRK. Good value and a decent Pork Ribs with Sauce, but that's pork and sauce != Texas.

    - The 2008 Nat'l pork championship - very underwhelming. Maybe I got sold on the idea of bbq fests because of Food Network, but I recall at most 4 of the 50+ competitors who had food for sale. I stood in line for booth with the most trophies.

    Half a rack of Ribs - ~13
    Admission - 10
    Time in line - 58 minutes

    Wasn't worth it.

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        1. re: WhatsToEatBaltimore

          I can't stand that place. Not only are they par-boiled and not smoked, but the gloppy sauce makes them taste more like meat candy than good ribs.

        2. re: elegantelliot

          I agree completely - Corner Stable is the best ribs I've ever had (except the ones my husband makes, but he doesn't cook outside the home anymore and I'm biased). Bring your PSP if you go there during peak hours though cause it's a loooong wait at the door!!

        3. re: WestIndianArchie

          "My most recent find was is Mr P's Ribs, located in a converted school bus, in the Safeway Shopping Center @ Rhode Island NE. They are only there on Friday-Sunday."

          I second WIA's rec for Mr. P's, located behind and above the McDonald's that is across the street and a couple of blocks west of the Rhode Island Metro. Had the pork ribs today with greens and yams ($13) -- absolutely delicious. Crispy/crunchy on the outside and super tender, meaty and juicy on the inside. You can get a whole rack for $20. I'll be back.

        4. Definitely go to Dale's BBQ - All the way down Route 210 (Indian Head Highway). Dale's is a red cinder block building on the northbound side of the highway. Almost down to the end of Rt. 210 at the naval lab.

          Excellent pork ribs - pit smoked and dry rubbed. A beautiful pink "smoke ring" everytime I've been. Sauce on the side is ok, but of course, the real show's the meat.

          Dale's BBQ has a pleasant small dining room with about six tables.

          BBQ in Charles County, MD, is the real deal...

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          1. re: MDBBQFiend

            I have tried Dale's, and it's not bad at all, but my favorite remains Sonny's at 29144 Thompson Corner Rd. in Mechanicsville (that's MD), just SW of Route 5. Sonny's is a tumble down shack with a stack of wood and smoker in the front and a nice old feller (named "Sonny") siting inside in his white undershirt. The meat falls off the bone and each of the sauces (mild and hot) do their job according to how you prefer.

            Another good one is Flavors of the South, in Huntington (I believe) just off 2-4 to the right as you head towards Solomon's. Sonny's, however, is the real-deal experience with (IMHO) the best ribs around these here parts.

          2. Has anyone tried Kenny's BBQ (Maryland Avenue near the capitol) and Hogs on the Hill (New York Avenue)?

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            1. re: dorf

              I'd rate Kennys and Hogs as better than Red Hot & Blue or Rocklands (certainly more consistent) but not worth going out of your way for.

              KBQ I go out of the way for.

            2. After eating at Rockland's in Arlington, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, not even someone I disliked, truly awful tasting. The sauce is just not good, the cole slaw is worse, the best thing there is the red beans and rice.

              I think Dixie Bones has much better ribs than Rocklands. But neither are my favorite. I miss Mighty Midgets in their former location.

              You should try Urban BBQ.

              Still need to get to Willards.

              I have lately been saving up my BBQ expectations for our beach trip and that Southern drive. Oh and I have friends who now have a huge smoker, and they were already great cooks, but now when they call to get help shredding, I am there.

              If you like NC style you should add Carolina Brothers.

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              1. re: ktmoomau

                If you go through Petersburg, stop off and tour around. If you see a guy sitting with a smoker in a parking lot you're there.

                1. re: Dennis S

                  where is Petersburg? maryland? virginia?

                  1. re: dorf

                    Well there is one in West Virginia, as well, but Dennis S means, Petersburg, VA which is down in Virginia on the way that people travel to the beach normally.

                      1. re: Dennis S

                        about how far is it from D.C.?

                        1. re: dorf

                          Petersburg is just north of Richmond...figure on around 3 hours more or less depending on traffic etc...

                          1. re: dorf

                            30-40 minutes past Richmond - so around 3 hours?

                            I can't guarantee that the man with the smoker would be out there (or for that matter that there wouldn't be more men with smokers), but there are some good BBQ and soul food joints along Washington.

                            As that road goes further West, there are some more established places. I've eaten at the one with the indoor dining and it was okay, but not worth a 3 hour drive (I think this is Little Pig). Hopefully we'll be passing through again in a week and I can try another one. Since I'll be with the fam, it'll probably be the BBQ place on the west side with outdoor seating (I think this is King's).

                            If I do I'll post back with updated info and place names.

                            1. re: Dennis S

                              Well if you're going by Richmond - you might as well stop off for THE BEST bbq in our (surrounding) area. Buzz 'n Neds right off the exit for the Boulevard off 95S (2 hours south of D.C.) This place is the real deal, we bring bag quarts of pulled pork to get us through up here + the ribs are excellent too. Trust me.

                                1. re: beauxgoris

                                  Oh ick, Buzz 'n Neds is waaaaay over-rated. If you want good BBQ and you are in the Richmond area, you go to a small smoker across from Millie's called Ronnie's Ribs, http://www.ronniesribsandwings.com/

                                  Seriously the best ribs in the area and great sauce. The brisket is fantastic and the wings are great too. The pulled pork is ok, but nothing to write home about. This place is about meat though, not really about sides or any kind of veggies. I am from the DC area and when I go down to visit relatives, I order a rack of ribs and a pound or so of brisket to take back up with me.

                                2. re: Dennis S

                                  King's Barbecue in Petersburg, VA at 3221 W Washington St (west side of town & like the old place) is the Best I've had in my life. Love them better then the other King's on Crater (east side of town). I buy the sauce by the gallon to take home (best to call ahead to see that they have this size ready or you will have to take the small bottles)
                                  Yes I know I'm hung up on this place as my dad took me as a small fry and I recall him getting sauce in Coke bottles with a cork in the top. So I guess I was raised on this stuff and it is coursing through my blood.

                                  Now for the other side look at andy:

                                  1. re: Smokeater55

                                    Thanks for letting us know. Looks like I will have to lay siege to this place one day!

                      2. re: ktmoomau

                        Tried Carolina Brothers the other day for the first time. The pulled pork sandwich was spot on. The ribs seemd a little overdone, a bit greasy (not as bad as Rocklands), but were tasty. The potato salad had way too much pickle juice in it, completely overpowering. The mac and cheese and beans were nice and the coleslaw has light and crunchy. Overall, was a good experience. We'll see how they do on the second trip....

                      3. "located in a converted school bus, in the Safeway Shopping Center @ Rhode Island NE" - WIA

                        "a guy sitting with a smoker in a parking lot" - DS

                        both mighty high praises in my book.

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                        1. re: hill food

                          Zooming in on the map, I'm pretty sure the guy with the smoker is along Washington Street. There's plenty of good eats along there, including fried chicken and general soul food.

                        2. I like Adam's Ribs in Edgewater, although the last time I was there it wasn't as great as previous trips.

                          1. Dorf,
                            Thanks for your list. I've only been to a couple of the places you've listed, and agree with your judgment on those. Where, please, do you rate Red Hot & Blue dry-rub ribs?

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                            1. re: Potomac Bob


                              I've only had Red Hot & Blue's pulled pork sandwhich, and only their buffet style for catering and such. Red Hot and Blue is ok in general, but I pass a number of better places on the way to Red Hot and Blue. It is on my list to try? Have you had them? What do you think?


                              1. re: dorf

                                I've had both the pulled pork and both wet and dry pork ribs. I didn't care for the pulled pork and thought the wet ribs were okay. I did like the dry-rub pork ribs, but have found them inconsistently prepared. Sometimes they're nice and moist, other times they're too dry. I've rarely found pulled pork I thought was done well - usually too dry to suit me. And I don't like them moistened with a lot of sauce. The meat itself needs to be moist. I've generally found that at the barbecue joints where I've eaten it's easier to get moist ribs than it is to get moist pulled pork.

                                1. re: Potomac Bob

                                  I thought the original Red Hot and Blue on Wilson Blvd. in Arlington did a decent job with their pulled pork on the freshness and moistness scale. Haven't been to that location in quite some time, but their other locations are very hit and miss on their pulled pork.

                              2. re: Potomac Bob

                                The texture on the dry-rub ribs I tried was fall-off-the-bone tender, though perhaps a bit dry around the edges. But the flavoring was ridiculous! It looked like they had just smoked them naked and dumped a bunch of chili powder on them afterwards. Not cool. Their bbq sauce is hardly more than ketchup and the sides are bland to the point of tastelessness. I'm never going there again.

                              3. I would vote for the Corner Stable in Timonium MD. Get the basket with fries and baby back ribs and you won't be sorry.

                                1. I need to know where Alabama BBQ is located.
                                  I have been to most of the spots listed and totally agree with the never again list!!!!
                                  Sleepy Hallow I found to be iffy though. went twice, never impressed.
                                  And the Rib PIt in DC all depends on who is behind the counter just as you expressed.

                                  Thanks for the info

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                                  1. re: RobertM

                                    Alabama BBQ is in NE Baltimore City on Harford Road, a few miles inside the I-695 Beltway. Street parking may be tough but you can park in the nearby Safeway lot safely.

                                    Have only eaten there for lunch but really enjoyed it. Try the chicken with the "Alabama" sauce for something different. The chef-owner really knows his stuff.

                                    1. re: bordeauxfan

                                      Robert - you really won't feel regret making it over to Alabama BBQ. It is awesome. I seriously put down a full rack of ribs and pulled pork sandwhich, while sampling the white chicken sauce.


                                  2. This summer I have had ribs twice from the Amish Market in Upper Marlboro (Thursday-Sat). It's take out but very good. Also try the turkey leg. YES. And the cheesecake, the fresh cheese and the cake made by the cheesecake vendor...and the lemonade by the fruit vendor...Just take a few hours and check it out.

                                    1. Try the Amish Market in Upper Marlboro for tasty ribs (and turkey legs!) They are only open Th-Sat, but you will enjoy the food and the additional vendors. Try the Cheese Vendor for fresh cheese, cheesecake, and they make better cake than the Bakery vendor. The Bakery vendor has great bread and pie. The Fruit Vendor has fresh, sweet summertime lemondade. I like to go and explore the vendors. Go early for the best selections of ribs.

                                      1. very underated ribs are the ones at Rio Grande Cafe. They have a garlic based dry rub. I don't defile them by dipping them in the mediocre bbq sauce. Pair them with the grilled Shrimp wrapped in bacon and stuffed with pepper jack cheese and a sliver of jalepeno and then the shrimp is dipped in garlic butter. At that point you are living large
                                        also like the ribs at urban bbq for classic ribs and good collard greens and baked beans, plus a great appetizer in the soul roll.

                                        1. For the most part, we have ignored chains - really Rocklands (a local DC chain) and virginia bbq are the only chains that we have been to or have planned to. While I personally cant stand Famous Dave's ribs - are there any chains that we should consider trying?


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                                          1. re: dorf

                                            I know a few of the GAR group does ribs(baby back pork) and I think they're tasty -- moist and tender -- but I can't claim to be a rib expert. I do I know liked them better than the Tony Roma ribs I had in Dallas a couple of years ago. I know Silverado's and Mike's have them, and I would guess that the Sweetwater Taverns do as well but I'm unsure of that.

                                            1. re: weezycom

                                              Humm, are we talking real slab or Saint Louis style ribs, or those baby back, er, Kangaroo ribs here?

                                              1. re: RobertM

                                                The GAR ribs are baby backs, I prefer a real slab, but for baby backs they are often quite good.

                                                1. re: RobertM

                                                  I know nobody has used the 2 in the same sentence, but I honestly think St. Louis, should file a class action law-suit against Tony Roma's. not total crap, but by no means representative of the cut or the city.

                                                  (/high horse)

                                                  1. re: hill food

                                                    "(/high horse)" -- hill food, that's a good one. but defamation suits against famous tony roma's would be very hard to prove ---- unless their treatment of the ribs is with malice ;-)

                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                      Hahahahaha Alkapal- reading this after the bar I laughed and sighed at the same time :)

                                                      Went to Buz n Neds in Richmond, their ribs were very good, nice smoke ring and rub, so good didn't need any sauce. BF wasn't as thrilled with the pulled pork he says it was ok, but dixie bones had better pulled pork (haven't taken him to Willards or Allman's they are on the list). But the ribs were excellent. And I love the cole slaw their I am gonna copy the recipe and put a little minced jalapeno and more vinegar in mine. Hush puppies were also good.

                                                      1. re: ktmoomau

                                                        ktmoomau, i know you did fine on the bar! relax.

                                                        hey, have you ever figured out the white bbq sauce at dixie bones? ingredients? it is awesome -- even on the pulled pork (even though it is intended for the smoked chicken....)

                                                        anyone know of a good smoked chicken place in close-in nova?

                                                        and in my comment to hillfood, it matters not that tony roma's is famous, but that st. louis is renowned. if it were an average schmo city, defamation might be easier to prove (because no "famous" person high standard of proof --- but then again, no damages because there is no reputation to harm.) see, kt, it all comes flowing back....;-)

                                            2. I recently had pork ribs from a truck at the DC Farmer's Market (Saturdays in one of the RFK Stadium parking lots.) The spicy sauce was good (homemade), but the ribs were a little charred for my taste. I will try them again though, may have been a one time occurrence.

                                              I also had some good beef ribs from a guy with a smoker parked down by the Maine Ave fish market. It was the morning of July 4th and I was picking up a bushel of crabs...I don't know if he's there regularly. They were really good. He sold them dry but offered some store bought BBQ sauce if desired.

                                              1. Forget Allman's. No, really, forcibly eject it from your mind. You'll thank me later.

                                                Rocklands: city-boy faux-barbecue.

                                                Dale's - worth it.

                                                Anybody on the side of the road along Indian Head Hwy - worth it for the adventure alone, and you may be vastly rewarded.

                                                I rather liked Barbecue Country before half their branches burned ... twice. But the original, in a rundown truckstop in Culpeper, is still a "must-visit." I wouldn't drive all that way for the ribs, but Clark Bros, our fave target-shooting range, is right across the street.

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                                                1. re: wayne keyser

                                                  Wayne, I wished I had read your warning about Allman's. My dad and I were in Ol' Virginny last week, tried Allman's and were terribly disappointed. Absolute dreck. Dry, grey, stringy, tasteless ribs - and such small portions! as the joke goes. But really. Skimpy portions AND bad. We almost wanted to go get a burger afterwards. The service from a ditzy young woman was awful, the prices outrageous. This is an old establishment which needs to decide to close to shop. Wow it sucked!

                                                2. Back on Alabama BBQ: went there last night. I told the owner I didn't want prepared sandwiches or boxed combos because I was feeding the family and wanted to make a sit-down dinner. Wow, before I could follow his movements, in a matter of minutes I had pints of pulled pork and brisket, mac, slaw, and a bag of rolls. Then he threw in a smoked chicken sandwich and sodas for my kids for free that someone inadvertently ordered and didn't want. All of it was fantastical! Moist, subtle, smile-inducing. I need to get his name next time because his dry sense of humor, friendly nature and energy was right down my alley.

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                                                  1. re: Montebello

                                                    Any info on Alabama having to move?

                                                  2. Nice Jack Daniels ones at 3.

                                                    1. I was close enough today (Upper Marlboro) at lunch time to check out KBQ and I'm glad I did. Excellent pulled pork sandwich, and my lunch companion had a rib sandwich. We couldn't figure out how to eat the sandwich other than to pull the meat off the ribs and put it on the bun (or, as he did, eat the ribs, and treat the bun like bread on the side) but he rated the ribs top notch. Good potato salad and cole slaw (slaw a bit out of the ordinary, but tasty). The Sweet and Spicy sauce truly complemented the meat rather than just moisten it or make it spicy. The bread pudding is fabulous.

                                                      The posters on the walls are cool, but the place just looks too clean. It's a storefront in a shopping center, and they do a lot of carry-out business. They need to get the building condemned. <g>

                                                      It's 35 miles from my house so I probably go there often, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to give it a try. Definitely worth a visit if it's convenient or you don't care how far you drive for good BBQ.

                                                      1. So I was in Fredericksburg last night on my way back to DC, and thought I would stop off to try Allman's which JoeH recommended on another thread.

                                                        I was pretty dissappointed, it was either a terrible terrible night, or we missed this places peak by a number of years. Perhaps the ribs are better, I normally get ribs, but wasn't that hungry, I got the sliced pork sandwich with slaw and a side of potato salad. Fiance got minced pork. Both were very dry, and no amount of their sauce could save it, the minced even more than the sliced. Potato salad was much to mayonnaisey, and the portion pretty small. But the pork itself was the real dissappointment, it was just so dry, and great taste it might have had was gone. So our search/quest continues. I realize this thread is on ribs, and we ate pulled pork, but just thought I would give a report. Buzz and Neds baby backs though mmm mmm.

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                                                        1. re: ktmoomau

                                                          ^^Glad you finally tried Buzz 'n Neds. It' our favorite mid-atlantic bbq place. Love the PP Sandwich and the hush puppies!

                                                          1. re: beauxgoris

                                                            I am stealing their take on cole slaw and putting a tiny bit of jalapeno in mine now. I liked that, gave it another good flavor dimension.

                                                        2. Happened to be in Burtonsville/Laurel, so stopped by Kloby's BBQ. It was very good. The meat was extremely tender, the chicken was especially nice. We enjoyed the spicy barbecue sauce more than the regular. The sides were a little small, which is disappointing because the green beans were delish. The beans were odd -- I think they couldn't decide if they wanted to be chili beans or baked beans. Don't get me wrong, they were good, but just odd. Service was friendly. We will most definitely go back.

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                                                          1. re: Transplanted Texan

                                                            I cant believe that no one here refers to the rib type. Im from NY where ribs means baby backs. Apparently anywhere south of NJ it means KC style which are usually terrible, fatty with big chunks of cartilage. Please keep in mind when your recommendeing locations to include if they have a choice of rib.

                                                            1. re: csabo

                                                              Well, good and terrible are thrown around a lot on Chowhounds. Start a thread or topic called "Baby Back Ribs" or something like that. Some love chain food grub others avoid and prefer local independents. If you want good "real" pork ribs, try one of the good joints, Andy Nelson's / Willard's / KBQ. Those are places I have noshed and nibbled to great satisfaction. And there are plenty of half worth while joints in between. In these days of high gas prices when you want good, you want good, not good enough. No fat, no chucks of cartilage, just lots of yummy smoked meat. Half a slab of those and your rib fix is over. Half a slap of baby backs, [Old folks call em Kangaroo ribs] and you want a burger. So, again, you're right about the need for clarification, and you have the power to clear it up. Post!! Most St Lous / KC / Memphis / Alabama / North & South Carolina, getting the idea here, Rib fan's may be temped to try what you think are great ribs. Or not. Give it a shot.

                                                          2. I went to KBQ today. A pulled pork always tastes great & tender.
                                                            The owner(?) told us that next Sat (Nov. 8) is a their 1st year anniversary; they will have a celebration such as music, free food, & door prize. If someone have not tried KBQ, I think it would be a great opportunity.

                                                            1. Hi there... an excellent thread for those of us who are bbq fanatics. I have pursued excellent Q all over the country, enjoying gret ribs, pulled pork, and more, at places like Sonny's, Gate's, Bryant's, and many more.

                                                              A few notes on DC area places I have tried..

                                                              Rockland's - had been touted to me by several locals. But after several visits, I have to say mediocre.

                                                              Urban - better than Rockland's. But some of the sides, especially the beans, have oddly bitter herbal flavors in them.

                                                              Old Glory - nice atmosphere, but the food was mainly inedible.

                                                              O'Brien's on Gude Road. Decent food, but their sauce seems simply bizarre to my Q-tastes. Not great, but generally reliable average Q. Just bring your own sauce from home. Weird location in an industrial setting, but a cool enough western decor inside. Good music (a plus at RH&B too).

                                                              Some surprising decent stuff-

                                                              Red, Hot, and Blue I have found to be consistently above average. Not the best to be sure, but you know what you'll get. Some of their other dishes, like the yam with cinnamon butter, or the hush pupies, are quite tasty. Good bbq beans. They also have excellent bbq sausage, which they serve up with well-fried onions. I also enjoy their selection of sauces, which I tend to "custom blend" to my own taste.

                                                              Famous Dave's - why is a bbq joint decorated like a Disney-fied Minnesota lodge?

                                                              You want excellent Q... mail order it from Fiorella's Jack Stack BBQ in Kansas City. Not cheap, but the food is very good. Also good is the brisket, the sausage, and the uniquely KC "burnt ends" which are really wonderfully tender and smoky boneless chunks of meat cut from the rib tips.

                                                              Or go travel and eat at places like Gates in Kansas City; Fiorella's; Mr. Powdrell's in Albuquerque (fave for bbq sausage links).

                                                              In NYC, I like Blue Smoke, though the atmosphere is pure Manhattan yuppie-chic. Excellent ribs, and some fantastic sides like the sweet tater fries with exquisite maple cream dipping sauce.

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                                                              1. re: chaordic

                                                                When moving from CA to VA we travelled through KC and ate at Jack Stack. My husband now continously asks when we can go back. That BBQ was fantastic.

                                                              2. So has anyone tried the Blue Ribbon BBQ in Derwood? It replaced the oft-reviled BBQ Man (I think that's what it was called).

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                                                                1. re: pgreen

                                                                  We tried it for lunch on Saturday and were not impressed. I had chopped brisket and my wife had chopped chicken. Both were served without sauce -- and the sauce which was available was virtually tasteless. Kept pouring it on and pouring it on and the brisket and chicken were so dry it was absorbed without adding any flavor. Beans were ok; potato salad was pretty good.

                                                                  1. re: pgreen

                                                                    I have been there two times and it was very good both times especially the brisket beans. The coleslaw is also very good. The brisket was so good the first time that it was what I got the second time so I can't comment on the chicken and ribs.

                                                                    They did appear to be very slow both times I was there...the restaurant had a lonely feel to it even at prime lunch hours.

                                                                    1. re: pgreen

                                                                      PGreen: Not sure if you're still checking but Blue Ribbon has recently changed ownership/partnership and the food has gotten much better then in previous reviews. The decor is nothing much (but two large flat screen TVs for Sports) but the food is great. The spicy-version of the BBQ sauce stays on your lips for a while so go easy at first. This is Texas BBQ so stay with the beef...they make pork but it's just for show. I also echo other reviews with recommending the Brisket Beans....beans with beef....OMG I want some now!

                                                                      1. re: deltaxi

                                                                        That is awesome to know! I've generally avoided it even though it's pretty close to my house because of the terrible reviews.

                                                                        That shopping center has a bunch of good restaurants now.

                                                                        1. re: deltaxi

                                                                          Thanks! All of the sudden, we are overcome with BBQ choices. Besides the new and improved Blue Ribbon (which I will now have to try), there is the new Urban outpost in Sandy Spring and the seemingly permanent BBQ truck on Route 108 near the Muncaster Road (which is what Redland Road becomes after it passes Blue Ribbon, coincidentally enough) intersection. Which leads to the question whether anyone has tried the truck.

                                                                          1. re: pgreen

                                                                            I have tried "the truck." I had the chopped chicken and it was very good. It is more of the Maryland style pit BBQ, not Texas style. I believe there was a whole thread on here about it this summer.

                                                                            1. re: pgreen

                                                                              Also, been to Blue Ribbon . . very good!

                                                                              1. re: pgreen

                                                                                I've been to the BBQ truck off Rt. 108 maybe half a dozen times. It's located next to a nursery and garden center set back from the road.

                                                                                I think the pit beef is their strength, a nicely done sandwich. If I remember correctly, the slaw and beans are very respectable sides. I wasn't too impressed by the ribs I had one time, but come warmer weather, I'd definitely give a rack a second chance. I think they were baby backs, not my favorite rib style.

                                                                                Nice folks and good food...

                                                                                1. re: MDBBQFiend

                                                                                  you are referring to Pig n' Poke and the owner's name is Scott. Pit beef is good there

                                                                          2. Has anyone been to Klobys in Laurel? I heard that the original location had some great barbecue. I was planning to check it out after band practice (off Liberty Road, not too far from Woodlawn) one of these days, but it looks like they've movied.

                                                                            Is the Laurel/Columbia Kloby's as good as the original? I can easily stop there on one of my many trips from College Park to the Baltimore area.

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                                                                            1. re: 4X4

                                                                              Visited there several months ago. I was very satisfied with the pork bbq, but my wife didn't like the chicken bbq because it was a unsliced breast.

                                                                              1. re: 4X4

                                                                                I agree with the post above about Kloby's. The brisket was the best of the BBQ I tried from them and the slaw was very good but could have been super if it were a bit more creamy.

                                                                                NO MORE O'brian's on Gude Drive - it is now Branded 72

                                                                              2. I thought the ribs at Marvin served as an appetizer were quite tasty and meaty.

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                                                                                1. re: BookGuy

                                                                                  Just to update...Alabama BBQ in Baltimore has closed down. Klobys BBQ has moved from Baltimore to Laurel (same location where Smokey Hollow BBQ was for those of you who remember that place).

                                                                                  1. re: dominationinc

                                                                                    Doesn't surprise me: it never even looked particularly open when it was open. The staff didn't seem to care a whole lot, and the owner spent the last time we were in there complaining about the baker/dessert maker leaving him in the lurch. We didn't go back after that -- we do our best to support local places, but sometimes they don't warrant the support.

                                                                                2. I will second Big Bad Wolf. I can't drive by that place without stopping for an order of ribs. Even if I just ate I'll take it home and eat it later.

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                                                                                    1. re: jkosnett

                                                                                      KBQ is in Bowie. I found the brisket dry, but the ribs and pulled pork nice and moist.

                                                                                      K B Q Restaurant
                                                                                      12500 Fairwood Pkwy Ste B1, Bowie, MD

                                                                                      1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                        KBQ is great. Although my first rib experience wasn't that great....more end peices than actual ribs....but ever since.....nothing but good smokey ribs. No sauce needed, although my family loves the sauce. Great sides...the black bean/corn salad....incredible....The cornbread is lack luster....my family likes what I do better with stuff out of a box.......but all in all.....great. Think I'm gonna go today!!

                                                                                      2. re: jkosnett

                                                                                        Big Bad Wolf is located on Harford Road on the north side of Baltimore. While I don't particularly love their ribs (find them too dry and oddly seasoned), I am in love with their brisket, pulled pork and the variety of sauces. Especially the brisket. Their collard greens and macaroni & cheese are outstanding as well.

                                                                                        Recently read that Alabama BBQ that was just little bit further down Harford Road closed. I regret not making it down there.

                                                                                        Big Bad Wolf's House of Barbeque
                                                                                        5713 Harford Rd, Baltimore, MD 21214

                                                                                        1. re: ILoveBacon

                                                                                          Recently we went to Urban BBQ Company inbetween Rockville and Bethesda. They also have a location in Silver Spring.

                                                                                          It was pretty tasty and had a unique bark/sauce. Also the cornbread was great, the mac and cheese was average.

                                                                                          KBQ has some great smoked ribs and they have the best mac and cheese around (Rocklands has good mac and cheese as well, but the ribs are so so and OVERPRICED!)

                                                                                          1. re: dominationinc

                                                                                            Just had Rocklands for the first time this past weekend. Weak. Ribs were fatty/greasy, chicken was dry. The mac and cheese was very good. Also did the VA BBQ Company. Their green beans were excellent and the brisket was tasty (Rocklands was more like jerky). The VA BBQ Co. ribs were nice, but way over sauced (sauce was just dumped on them). Willards is still the most consistent and best in the area. Buz and Ned's best ribs outside the area.

                                                                                            1. re: Truck403

                                                                                              Hey, Truck403, I agree with you about Willards. BTW, where is VA BBQ Co.?

                                                                                              1. re: Transplanted Texan

                                                                                                The VA BBQ Company I went to is in Manassas. http://www.virginiabbq.com/index.htm
                                                                                                Davis Ford Crossing Shopping Center
                                                                                                9952 Liberia Ave.

                                                                                                I went over our BBQ scorecard again last night and see VA BBQ came out ahead of Rocklands, but both were "Below the line". For us the median BBQ place is Red Hot and Blue. Anything below that, we generally will not go back to again.

                                                                                                We need to go back to Bluz Brothers for asecond trip....maybe this weekend. We'll see where they stand after that....fair warning!

                                                                                    2. Recently had excellent pulled pork sandwiches and sides at Mr. B's BarBQ on Rt 340 near Berryville/White Post in Virginia. Have not tried ribs yet -- next up.

                                                                                      14767 Lord Fairfax Hwy (Rte 340) White Post, VA 22663
                                                                                      (540) 837-1323

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                                                                                      1. re: lawhound

                                                                                        Thanks for this suggestion, might have to try it as well. Also has anyone tried out Bubba's BBQ in Falls Church? http://www.bubbasbarbq.com/ ?

                                                                                        1. re: dominationinc

                                                                                          For me, the ribs were greasy and full of fat. The pulled pork was dry, a BBQ sin! They are definately below the line and we will not be returning.

                                                                                          1. re: dominationinc

                                                                                            isn't bubba's near the myanmar burmese place? if so, i tried it a LONG time ago (pulled pork -- not ribs) and never went back. it wasn't awful, nor was it *really* good. to be fair, if i was out that way craving bbq, i might -- might -- give it another shot. but i'd probably go to the burmese instead.

                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                              Bubba's defines mediocrity. It's completely forgettable.

                                                                                            2. re: dominationinc

                                                                                              Tried. Once. Enough.

                                                                                              - geeyore, one-time judge of georgia Big Pig Jig and sponsor of whole hog team at Memphis In May

                                                                                            3. By the standards of the traditional regional BBQs (Memphis, Kansas City, the Carolinas, Texas, etc.) the D.C. area just plain stinks. There is almost nothing here that is nationally noteworthy, consistent, or unique. To quote a good Southern friend of mine, "the BBQ here is just sufficient".

                                                                                              With that assumption established, I'd recommend the following:

                                                                                              - Red, Hot, & Blue (Arlington)
                                                                                              - Urban BBQ (Rockville)
                                                                                              - Rib Pit (D.C.)
                                                                                              - Dixie Bones (Woodbridge)
                                                                                              - Rocklands (Rockville/D.C.)
                                                                                              - Famous Dave's (Everywhere)

                                                                                              All of these places have varying degrees of quality, consistency, originality, and value. But, you can usually find something good at each one. BBQ in this area is an entirely hit/miss proposition.

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                                                                                              1. re: Sean D

                                                                                                You should really check out KBQ BBQ in Bowie, MD as well as Willards out by Dulles. If you are in Baltimore Andy Nelson's is a must go.

                                                                                                1. re: dominationinc

                                                                                                  Thank you for again listing the best BBQ spots in the DC/Baltimore Metro area.
                                                                                                  KBQ / Willard's / Andy Nelson's. Say it enough times maybe some will get into their cars and and find out. The rest of the spots listed by Sean D are some where else quality and taste wise. Except for Rib Pit, they are BBQ themed franchises.

                                                                                                  For a McDonald's / Burger King of Q meaning middle of the road BBQ Red Hot & Blue is no diff from Famous Dave's. They are indeed everywhere. So when in doubt they will do,'
                                                                                                  But just like burger lovers avoid Mc D's and B King unless they have no choice. Folks that love real good Q avoid the RHB type shops, Dickie's in the area are about the same. Great if you are dragging a boat load of little kids that would rather have a frosty...or sprinkles.
                                                                                                  But once you get the real BBQ deal.......Yeah you have to limit your intake it is just that good.

                                                                                                  1. re: RobertM

                                                                                                    I'm game - I'm bach'ing it right now, so I'm a bit free to travel - I'm closest to Willards - what do I order? Or avoid?

                                                                                                    1. re: Dennis S

                                                                                                      For Willards I would suggest a two or three meat platter to get a taste. I like the brisket and the pulled pork. The ribs are good, as is the burnt ends...but their burnt ends are more shredded, I am used to ones in KC which were cubed.

                                                                                                      The BBQ burrito is meh, but the meatloaf is tasty and smokey, though might be heavy for a summers day. You can also swap out the cornbread for another side dish, which I prefer.

                                                                                                      1. re: Truck403

                                                                                                        Went today for lunch. I really like that place. Thanks for the tip on swapping out the cornbread for another side. I got the three meat (brisket, burnt ends and pulled pork).

                                                                                                        The brisket was the winner of the three for me, followed closely by the burnt ends. Smoky flavor was nice and present. The pulled pork was good, but not great. Definitely strong for this area, but not incredible.

                                                                                                        The green beans were good - just wish I had more. Potatoes were good, too. The slaw ranked for me the same as the pork - good and above average for this area, but I'd swap that side out most likely the next time.

                                                                                                        1. re: Dennis S

                                                                                                          Dennis -- you made very good meat choices at Willard's. The beef (brisket/burnt ends) is definitely the way to go there. The pulled pork is pretty good too, but I'd go brisket.

                                                                                                          Plus, Willard's gives you a butt-load of meat on those combo plates. One plate = two meals for me these days.

                                                                                                    2. re: RobertM

                                                                                                      I have patronized RH&B several time over the years. I drive past one almost every day.

                                                                                                      They make excellent potato salad, credible beans, acceptable slaw.

                                                                                                      As for the BBQ? Hmm.....

                                                                                                      - geeyore, one-time judge of georgia Big Pig Jig and sponsor of whole hog team at Memphis In May

                                                                                                      1. re: dominationinc

                                                                                                        Will do, Dom. Good BBQ is definitely worth a 45 minute drive. Thanks!

                                                                                                    3. I'm not a big rib-eater, but I do enjoy them at The Boulevard Woodgrill in Arlington and King Street Blues in Old Town.

                                                                                                      1. New favorite (and I've lived in DC and tried them all) is KBQ in Bowie. I'm allergic to strip malls, but KBQ was the antihistamine to that allergy.

                                                                                                        Addictive meats, large portions, lovely owner (Mrs. V), and it only took me 15 minutes to get there from my house on The Hill.

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                                                                                                        1. re: fisherdm

                                                                                                          Humm, you must drive like a bat out of hell.
                                                                                                          15 min from cap hill to KBQ is impossible, unless you have a helicopter.

                                                                                                          But they are good.
                                                                                                          Im heading up to Andy Nelsons Friday.
                                                                                                          Then down to Buz and Neds.

                                                                                                          We need to get a Q bus loaded for KC, St Louis, and Menphis. just as a reference

                                                                                                        2. Anyone been to Carolina Brothers BBQ out in Ashburn, VA? http://www.carolinabrothers.com/ ...Thoughts?

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                                                                                                          1. re: dominationinc

                                                                                                            Has anyone been to Dave's Famous BBQ? I know it is a chain, but I selected it from a long list of chains I was given for meeting a friend in Columbia. How R the ribs? What is good to order? Sides? THANKS!

                                                                                                            1. re: chicken kabob

                                                                                                              For a chain, I personally think it is pretty good. I think it is in my top 5 for the area. The ribs are good and their sauces are tasty. They run the gamut from spicy hot to peppery Texas style. The pickles are a good side, spicy and sour. The mac and cheese is a good choice as well.

                                                                                                              1. re: chicken kabob

                                                                                                                I hit the Famous Dave's in Oakton about once a month because I have some friends who like to go there. I order the ribs sometimes, but usually I feel like treating myself better (perhaps only in my mind) and get the brisket. I prefer ordering the ribs there "dry" (without sauce baked on) and add sauce at the table. Not only are they less messy, but the spicy table sauces aren't contaminated by the sweeter basting sauce that they use when you get them "wet" (which is standard). I usually get the St. Louis ribs, my friend gets the baby backs. His wife nearly always gets chicken and is happy with it.

                                                                                                                I keep wanting to like the mac & cheese but it's inconsistent, and even at its best, tastes like it came from a packaged mix (which it almost certainly does). At its worst, it tastes like it was made from a mix and not cooked long enough so the cheese sauce is grainy. Fries are OK, but don't be afraid to ask for a re-order if they come out luke warm as they sometimes do.

                                                                                                                Don't tell them it's your birthday or they'll bring you a free hot fudge sundae, accompanied by all of the free servers banging on trash can lids (which they use to serve the family platters).

                                                                                                                1. re: chicken kabob

                                                                                                                  In my opinion Famous Dave's sucks in all regards. Tried it once in Laurel and once in Columbia and I will not return.

                                                                                                                2. re: dominationinc

                                                                                                                  When I went to Carolina Brothers BBQ the pulled pork was to runny, not very flavorful and the sides were just ok.

                                                                                                                  I think of Famous Daves as I do Red Hot and Blue, not what I really want, but in a squeeze they will do, but not satisfy me like the real deal.

                                                                                                                  1. re: ktmoomau

                                                                                                                    Good to know, I'm more of a Memphis style rib fan myself. Carolina style Q really never does it for me but always up for trying a new place.

                                                                                                                    1. re: dominationinc

                                                                                                                      I have only had pulled pork though so I don't know how they handle anything else. I was excited as Hubby loves the Carolina Q, but he was not whelmed.

                                                                                                                3. A bit of a hike from DC, but if ever near Ocean City grab JR's ribs. They have a great deal for early dinner - half rack and half chicken w/2 sides for $13 or something near that. Best ribs I've had...the BBQ sauce is delicious.

                                                                                                                  1. someone just mentioned that they're smoking ribs and brisket at cowboy cafe in arlington, on lee highway. i'm anxious to try them. their shrimp is always fresh, too!

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                                                                                                                    1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                      So while we are yakking bout Ribs in Baltimore..Anyone got some top Recommendations for BEEF Ribs in the Baltimore County area (Or city if absolutely absolutely necess). Just some good ol' AMERICAN BEEF Ribs. Not over the top Expensive. And preferrably Non-Chain and Non-Rambunctious Bar Kind of atmosphere type places but uber open to all suggestions. anyone??? thx..

                                                                                                                      1. re: Woof Woof Woof

                                                                                                                        woof, am i missing something? were you replying to me to indicate the thread wasn't intended to include ribs in arlington, virginia?

                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                          I thought this topic was about Ribs in the Baltimore area.. I mentioned about a decent place for BBQ Beef Ribs other than Sleezecake Factory of course.. Did I miss something, sorry It was very early when I first posted. Anywhere in Baltimore for decent Beef Ribs??

                                                                                                                          1. re: Woof Woof Woof

                                                                                                                            The OP lists places all over, including on the line of Loudon and FFX counties (but note that there are also B-More places listed where you can probably find the ribs you're after - such as Alabama).

                                                                                                                            1. re: Dennis S

                                                                                                                              Per prior posts, Alabama has closed.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Warthog

                                                                                                                                Warthog: Best you "Start" a Beef Rib or BBQ Beef Rib post.
                                                                                                                                Lets hope you dont get replys for Short Ribs or Prime Rib!!!

                                                                                                                            2. re: Woof Woof Woof

                                                                                                                              from the first line of the OP: "Where are the best bbq ribs in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area???"

                                                                                                                              woof, sorry i can't help you in baltimore.....

                                                                                                                              1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                Oh sugar tits! Well, that is regretful. I been following this ribby thread but all I have seen mentioned is locals and a few familiars like Dave's Famous or Andy Nelsons, JRs Ribs, or Charred Rib all of which serve Pork. Was just curious as to why no one mentioned anywhere decent short of crappy chains like Tony Romas or Cheesecake Factory for BEEF Ribs. I must be the lone Baltimoron who actually prefers BEEF Ribs. :(

                                                                                                                                1. re: Woof Woof Woof

                                                                                                                                  Woof-cubed -- native Texan here. The only place I've found with beef bbq is Rub in South Baltimore. Can't remember if they have beef ribs though.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: bordeauxfan

                                                                                                                                    Bordeaux, do you you mean http://www.rubbbq.com/
                                                                                                                                    ??? :Scratching head: All i see are BBQ Chopped Beef Brisqet Sandwiches, NO idea what that is. Interesting...

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Woof Woof Woof

                                                                                                                                      Yep that's the place. Interesting interior and easy parking. I've had the brisket and it's OK. But you could call beforehand and see if you could special-order beef ribs. They advertise themselves as the only "Texas-oriented" BBQ place in the area.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: Woof Woof Woof

                                                                                                                                    I think beef ribs ran their course as "dinner house" fare about 25 years ago. I used to enjoy pigging out on the all-you-can-eat beef rib specials that Victoria Station (sorry, another chain) used to have. Their sauce was too sweet and if you ate enough of them, you could get enough meat, but since "prime" rib was the house feature, what meat was left on the bones was pretty minimal.

                                                                                                                                    What's the BBQ beef rib like what you're craving like to eat? Is there a decent amount of meat on it? A half rack of St. Louis ribs can fill me up, but in my younger days (when, admittedly, my capacity was greater than it is today) I'd go through 25 or so of the Victoria Station ribs before I was ready to cash out. After the first couple of refills of two or three bones, they started bringing them out six at a time.

                                                                                                                                    Ah, those were the days. I'm surprised that I've lived to tell about it. <g>

                                                                                                                        2. I recommend Buzz and Neds Barbecue in Richmond Virginia. The spare ribs are amazing, the right amount of smoke, His spare ribs won on the showdown vs Bobby Flay.

                                                                                                                          1. THe very best ribs in the DC area can be found at Texas Bar-B-Q and Ribs in Clinton, Maryland, period. The owner is a serious competitor and has won numerous Championships. Beef Brisket is unbelievable as are the baby back ribs which melt in your mouth. No Short Cuts here just the very best Ribs and Q in town in the friendliest atmosphere. I believe they were named the best ribs in DC's City Paper as well.

                                                                                                                            1. Woomont Grill - Bethesda and/or Houston's - Rockville (sister restaurants) have the best ribs I have ever eaten hands down!

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                                                                                                                              1. re: SaltyBalty

                                                                                                                                Houston's is a chain with about 33 locations. I believe they serve only baby back ribs, no spare ribs, which are partially steamed. Not really bbq in my opinion.

                                                                                                                              2. I'm also a transplanted texan. Here are the only two places I get ribs from

                                                                                                                                1) the smoked meats section of the Whole Foods in Fairfax. (seriously!)
                                                                                                                                2) Redneck Ribs in Hagerstown MD ( http://www.redneckribs.com/ )

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                                                                                                                                1. re: Crocken

                                                                                                                                  someone else has mentioned those smoked meats there in fairfax's whole foods. is there only one whole foods in fairfax, or if not, which one has the goodies?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                    The one at Fair Lakes has the smoker in the back (hidden behind the meat counter). This one is store featured on Emeril Green (which starts filming at this location again on Monday, the 26th).

                                                                                                                                2. Has anyone tried the ribs at the Upper Marlboro Amish Market. I like the flavor of the ribs (and chicken, turkey, and duck) but would love to read views from more experienced palates....

                                                                                                                                  1. UBQ ribs are great. Doesn't Sweetwater Tavern have ribs too?

                                                                                                                                    1. The Tender Rib is the best BBQ I've had in the area hands down. I don't eat BBQ unless it is cooked on an actual PIT and this place just opened up an actual storefront about a month ago on Branch Avenue in Temple Hills area. Drive by any morning and it looks like the place is on fire with those big pits smokin' away. Questionable neighborhood--sort of--but the best food is often in "thw 'hood" and the new Tender Rib store is very nice and you won't regret a visit and can thank me lata'!

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: megsmegs

                                                                                                                                        Good to know, but your URL menu has no prices?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: megsmegs

                                                                                                                                          the food looks great, but that is one. weird. logo.

                                                                                                                                          here's more about the tender rib: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/350597

                                                                                                                                          1. re: megsmegs

                                                                                                                                            Well, today I went over to the place, tender rib. I honestly think it was a very close tie for being worse BBQ's ribs I have had in the area. No joke. I purchased a slab, it looked good, but after a bite it seemed to have been parboiled then steamed, and the meat was not done. Chewy and spongy it seemed. But the parking lot on Branch Ave seemed to have a constant flow of customers. Cant figure that one. You can do better by gong to whole foods and getting ribs from their hot foods bar IMHO. For PG try Smoke Shack near Andrews AFB near tthe track, or Best KBQ in Bowie for real no doubt BBQ ribs. The place is nice and large and smells good, but I had to being my expensive slab home and cook it again. They are seasoned fat and meaty, like brined meat usually is, but they didn't cook em long enough. Maybe things will change, but for my money it aint worth the gas going there now.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: RobertM

                                                                                                                                              Yeah, my ribs were undercooked. I'm willing to cut them some slack because

                                                                                                                                              a) it's a new operation that definitely has got their 'system' messed up.

                                                                                                                                              b) I recently had much worse ribs at Willard's, where the ribs are oily, the fat is not rendered, and there is no discernible smoke flavor. They are Easy-Bake Oven ribs.

                                                                                                                                              Gone are the days when I bring back a rack of ribs from a place I've never tried before. Nowadays I test the smallest portion available or see if they'll sell me just one.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Steve

                                                                                                                                                Steve - when you said sell you one it made me think of this classic.

                                                                                                                                                I'm with Robert.....KBQ has never let me down when it comes to ribs.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: cb1

                                                                                                                                                  Guess my link didn't work. It was the classic Chris Rock
                                                                                                                                                  "Let me get one rib"

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: cb1

                                                                                                                                                    hey, the link worked for me. that was funny! thanks.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cb1

                                                                                                                                                      Jim Brown, Chris Rock: Movie I'm gonna get you Sucker!!!
                                                                                                                                                      My fav was Winky Dinky Dog. But One Rib was a classic.
                                                                                                                                                      Try and use that at Tender Rib......ha ha ha

                                                                                                                                              2. I recommend Buzz and Neds Barbecue in Richmond Virginia. The spare ribs are amazing, the right amount of smoke, His spare ribs won on the showdown vs Bobby Flay

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jeremy303

                                                                                                                                                  Yes, they are excellent at Buz and Neds, but a bit far.

                                                                                                                                                2. Haven't seen it mentioned, so I'll put in a word for my favorite - Dotson's in Glen Burnie, on Furnace Branch Road. Come on SATURDAYS for the real experience, with the good ol' boy across the street in the cinderblock cookhouse smoking dozens of racks of ribs and half chickens. They are cooked completely over a hickory wood firepit (no boiling, steaming, or whatever) until the meat falls off the bones. Words cannot describe the flavor...

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: caloren

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks for the reminder, haven't been lately, does the Saturday experience happen in winter too? Can one sit there to eat, or is it just screened in?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chowsearch

                                                                                                                                                      Tried to go to Dotson's on Furnace Branch Road today. They have closed. The building is being prepared for the Grand Opening of a seafood place.
                                                                                                                                                      Went to Expressway BBQ instead. Their ribs were similar to, but in my opinion not quite as good as, Adams Ribs in Severna Park. The pit beef at Expressway was excellent though.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Libraryone

                                                                                                                                                        The screened-in shack was across the street from the tiny stripmall store, wonder if they've both closed...

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chowsearch

                                                                                                                                                          The shack is still there but looks abandoned. Will let you know of there are any signs of activity but right now it does not look promising.

                                                                                                                                                  2. I live in Oakton. Famous Daves..ick. I did finally try BZs bbq which used to be the Mighty Midget but they moved out on route 9 where you turn to go to Waterford. Good CarolinaQ. Highly recommend it if you head on a daytrip to like Harper's Ferry..no good food in that town!

                                                                                                                                                    1. Does KBQ even use wood? I finally managed to get there recently, and I found the whole thing rather bland. The pulled pork was dry and had no flavor. No exterior crunchy bits, no smoky taste. The ribs fared a little better, and maybe I could detect some charcoal flavor, but definitely not hickory which would be normal for this area.

                                                                                                                                                      12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Steve

                                                                                                                                                        I hate to say it, but I was stunned after going to KBQ right after that last big snow in Feb. Figured it was maybe the stuff left over. Went back later on a few weeks later, same bland road kill.
                                                                                                                                                        Have they changed ownership, or sold out? Used to be the best ribs Between Andy Nelsons, and Buzz & Neds.

                                                                                                                                                        12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: RobertM

                                                                                                                                                          I got a pound of pulled pork and threw half of it away. Did not eat all the ribs, either.

                                                                                                                                                          If you ever have a free weekend day, it's worth visiting Waterford in Loudon County, a well-preserved historic village, and stopping off at Paeonian Springs Market for BZ's bbq.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Steve

                                                                                                                                                            Man, I knew that as soon as I found a good BBQ place, something would happen. I swear the ribs were GREAT 6 months ago when I first went. :-(

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: DanielK

                                                                                                                                                              With the new Wegman's about to open in a few months off 202 you would think the folks would keep up the good work? I may stop by to ask em what happened: Divorce / change ownership / Why Why why......

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: DanielK

                                                                                                                                                                OK, so now I don't know if I just have different taste than RobertM and Steve, or if they hit KBQ on off days.

                                                                                                                                                                Had dinner there tonight on the way to a DC United game. Ribs were as good as ever - solid smoke ring, nice charred edges, and a half-rack order included 8 good sized ribs and a handful of rib tips.

                                                                                                                                                                Brisket was also very very good - pink from the smoke, just a little fatty, and good chew to it. Sausage link was ok.

                                                                                                                                                                Sides remain weak: cornbread just ok, jalapeno cornbread surprisingly tasteless, mac&cheese also tasteless, waffle fries from a bag (though nice and crispy), beans a bit on the sweet side, and not smoky enough.

                                                                                                                                                                But the ribs are worth the drive, IMHO.

                                                                                                                                                                12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: DanielK

                                                                                                                                                                  DanieIK I just hope it was two off days. But will circle back again on your note, cause there is nothing else like they used to be in the DC area. Allowing for taste, thanks for the update!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: RobertM

                                                                                                                                                                    Robert or Steve.....any update on KBQ? I haven't been since last year...hated to hear it may not be what it was. I trust you two as the local BBQ experts. On a side note Robert...hitting up Expressway tomorrow for Pit beef and half smokes.....wife said she was craving it, who am I to argue!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cb1

                                                                                                                                                                      CB1 I did go back to KBQ after a friend said they inproved. we got take out. Sure smells good, but, I think they have a different cook. I'm going again this Sunday to be sure. Will post here.
                                                                                                                                                                      Hope you go too, and we can guide each other and weed out the used to be but suck now places. With $3 Gas, don't you hate those?
                                                                                                                                                                      Now that you opened Pandora's box, I will be roaming up to Express for that half smoke!!!

                                                                                                                                                                      12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cb1

                                                                                                                                                                        Returned to KBQ two times since 4/24..Yesterday was a repeat of my last road kill Q experience. The kitchen crew has indeed changed. Don't know but maybe the original sold out to someone else? I don't think it is worth the gas to get there now. IMHO Greasy tasteless fare that smells smokey, but the meat taste parboiled not wood or smoke cooked like the old KBQ. Maybe it is just me, or Sundays is not their Q day? YMMV.

                                                                                                                                                                        12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

                                                                                                                                                          2. I have tried every spot offered on this list, except Andy Nelsons up in Bmore country.
                                                                                                                                                            My fave used to be KBQ before they turned bad. Nothing else came close if I had the time and the job sent me up and down the road. Anyway, a tad off the local radar: Other than Buzz & Ned's what else is there Rib wise in Richmond Virginia. Tried Buzz on the way up 95. Wasnt impressed. Sorta Ok, the beef brisket was the worst I have ever had. and the sauce on the ribs slurppie and smothering. And if you go be sure to ask for saint louis style ribs or you will get the baby back veriety. Take your GPS along too, the web directions are 100% confusing.

                                                                                                                                                            12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: RobertM

                                                                                                                                                              I can't remember if you said you tried BZ BBQ at Paeonian Springs Market in Loudon County. Same folks who used to run the Mighty Midget in Leesburg. Though I have to say I found the chopped pork better than the ribs. Still, it's pretty serious stuff.

                                                                                                                                                              I just had a really fine chopped pork sandwich at Rockland's in Arlington. The Washington Blvd. branch has been fairly consistent since it opened and has been firing on all cylinders of late. Very rich, porky, a bit of crunch, and a bit smokey. really very fine. I ate half of the pork just straight, no sauce, no bun. (I always get the sauce on the side).

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: vivinator

                                                                                                                                                                  RE: Texas Ribs and BBQ

                                                                                                                                                                  I recently discovered this place, and so far, I've enjoyed what I've had there (brisket, pulled pork, spare ribs, various sides). I'm not sure I'd rate it above Andy Nelson's, Kloby's, or Dale's Smokehouse, but I'd put this place close. It's a bit more "civilized" than some BBQ "shacks", but in gaining "sit down restaurant with waitstaff" ambiance, they don't seem to have given up their BBQ skills.

                                                                                                                                                                  They don't try to cross stylistic boundaries and they don't claim to cover the map between "Memphis", "Carolina-style", "Texas", and all the other regional style and sauce variants. There's a pretty consistent approach across all the menu items. The name implies that the consistent style across all the items is "Texas" (with the exception of pulled pork which is pretty much "Carolina style" by default). I can't confirm how closely they adhere to whatever the norms of "Texas style" might be, but what they do, they do pretty well.

                                                                                                                                                                  Dale's Smokehouse
                                                                                                                                                                  4645 Indian Head Hwy, Indian Head, MD 20640

                                                                                                                                                                  Texas Ribs
                                                                                                                                                                  108 Smallwood Village Ctr, Waldorf, MD 20602

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Steve

                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks, I had not been to the "Midget' for 6 years or more. What is the street address?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: RobertM

                                                                                                                                                                    Paeonian Grocery & Gourmet
                                                                                                                                                                    40602 Charles Town Pke, Paeonian Springs, VA zip code
                                                                                                                                                                    (540) 882-3700

                                                                                                                                                                    I haven't been there in a long time... so this is not a recent rec. You should call first, as they have limited hours for the bbq, and even then don't always have ribs (weekends only?).

                                                                                                                                                              1. New BBQ place just outside the Bull Run Battlefield on 29, before the 66 exit. I have not been in yet but it boasts ribs, chicken, turkey legs and brisket......will try to stop by this weekend. Anyone else out there been yet?

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Truck403

                                                                                                                                                                  I stopped by the place today, it is Reddy's BBQ. http://reddysbbqco.com/index.html it wasn't the best, nor was it the worst. The pulled pork had an odd aftertaste and the ribs had a huge amount of fat (St. Louis cut). The star was the chicken, super moist, nice smoke. I would not highly recommend it, but I would say it's worth a taste if you are looking for something new.

                                                                                                                                                                  I also saw Bluz Brothers in Ashburn has closed down....no great loss there.

                                                                                                                                                                2. You want ribs? There is only one place to go. The Corner Stable in Timonium. The service can be exceptional or it may be atrocious. The ribs are served in a plastic basket. Who gives a s***. You came for the ribs and they are the best you will ever eat.

                                                                                                                                                                  Corner Stable
                                                                                                                                                                  9942 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BigBossMan

                                                                                                                                                                    I'd say it depends on what you want. I have friends who are huge fans of Corner Stable, so I'm not going to call it terrible, although I find it so. But the ribs they serve are parboiled baby backs drowned in a very sweet sauce. They are not smoked and they are not spare ribs, which is what I consider good BBQ.

                                                                                                                                                                    If you're in that area, Andy Nelson's is the only choice for BBQ IMO.

                                                                                                                                                                    Corner Stable
                                                                                                                                                                    9942 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JonParker

                                                                                                                                                                      As with pizza, there are many styles of ribs and/or BBQ, and we'll likely never all agree on which is "best". Rather than debating that aspect, perhaps we could expand upon the approach used in Jon's post and include in our posts a brief description of what style a given place provides (baby backs vs. spare ribs, dry rub vs. sauce, what type of sauce, smoked only vs. parboiled, etc.) then comparisons of how a given place compares to other venues with a similar style.

                                                                                                                                                                      That way, even if for example, somebody is not a fan of sweet sauced baby back ribs, one can at least let others know "If you like the ribs at BBQ Shack A, those at BBQ Shack B are similar, and you might like them".

                                                                                                                                                                      I may not like what others may like, and vice versa, but in posting we can each still provide useful info to allow others to find the sort of pizza or BBQ, or whatever, they happen to prefer.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Warthog

                                                                                                                                                                        Very well put, indeed. And, yes, it would clear things up for a lot of us that go running here or there, only to get stunned at the differences. Par boiled, liquid smoke, baby backs, etc. Thank you for the method I think would help me save gas!!!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: RobertM

                                                                                                                                                                          I think the differences are inherent in the discussion though. I'm from Oklahoma, and find it baffling that anyone would refer to the Corner Stable/Chili's product as BBQ -- in my neck of the woods, BBQ refers to spare or beef ribs that are slowly smoked over a wood fire. Without trying to criticize those who use the word to mean something different, I'm just saying that where I grew up BBQ had a specific meaning that had nothing to do with parboiling or grilling. In other parts of the country it's different.

                                                                                                                                                                          I'm really not trying to argue for the superiority of what an Oklahoman/Texan thinks BBQ is -- I consider Carolina pulled pork to be one of God's finest creations even if it's not something I grew up with. But it's still recognizably BBQ to me, whereas parboiling and finishing on a grill where the nearest piece of wood is the tree a block away is not.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. I know this is out of the way but last week I tried Bethany Blues BBQ http://www.bethanyblues.com/ in Lewes, DE right outside Rehoboth Beach, DE. I tried the St. Louis cut ribs, Carolina pulled pork and the brisket which I must say all were excellent. I wasn't impressed with the backed beans or the creamed corn but the corn bread and the greens were pretty good. Service was exellent, as a matter of fact since it was our first time they gave us the greens on the house.

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm a huge fan of KBQ and Andy Nelson's also.

                                                                                                                                                                    12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: stangman327

                                                                                                                                                                      We tried to go last year and couldn't get in in a reasonable time frame. Maybe we'll have better luck this year. It seemed like it might be a good stop.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: stangman327

                                                                                                                                                                        I went there (to Bethany Blues) once at the end of the summer last year. I thought the BBQ was completely forgettable, but I LOVED their bloody mary bar -- would definitely go back for that.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Wow, I'm glad the board is up and running after nearly two years. We've had a lot of great suggestions.

                                                                                                                                                                        Recently found a new place I highly recomend -- Fat Face BBQ. Nearly perfectly smoked. Tender, well cleaned, seasoned and meaty. Its taste was smoky, sweet and peppery. Unlike other places we'd visited recently, you thankfully wouldn’t confuse these ribs with candy. The bark of the ribs was especially delicious. The sauce only added to the taste and spiciness of the meat, complimenting everything well. Served with a couple slices of white bread and your choice of homemade sides...

                                                                                                                                                                        5315 East Capitol Street S.E.
                                                                                                                                                                        Washington, D.C. 20019