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Black Hog Barbeque in Frederick

I noticed that the Black Hog Barbeque thread was removed because of some sort of disagreement or dispute with posters. I would like to start a new topic on this restaurant because I think the place is just terrific, and should be brought to the attention of chowhounders. The ribs are fall-off-the-bone delicious and I think the sides, such as the greens are wonderful as well. Has anyone else tried this place, and if so, what do you think?

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  1. We stopped there last Saturday after spending the day on the Potomac- seemed like BBQ would really hit the spot. Unfortunately, they were out of nearly everything- at 5:15. We would have had to wait until 6 to get any of the pork options. They also had ran out of cornbread. We went for the brisket, which was very tender, I'll give them that. The beans and rice side was horrible and the service wasn't that great either. Don't get me wrong- I love BBQ and realize that smoking meat takes time and that sometimes the service issues just add to the charm, but at 5:15 on a Saturday to be out of so many options? And it wasn't nearly busy enough to wait that long for our check. Eh. Just not impressed. But, the brisket was tender, sauce was ok. Skip the beans.

      1. Ate there last night and was less then impressed. Brisket was fatty and barely smoked, much less than what one would want in a "Texas style Brisket." Chicken was good very moist and the BBQ sauce was good. The Smoked beef sausage was apparently good, I dunno I won't eat it but my husband said it was. The pork shoulder and carolina pork were just okay. Skip the cole slaw it's flavorless, but the potato salad was similar to what I grew up on so it was okay but still semi bland. I don't think we'll be going back, but the place has so much potential it's just not there yet. All in all I find it odd that a BBQ place doesn't smell like BBQ or like a smoker, even outside.

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        1. re: nattiec314

          Well, just got home from trying out the new BBQ joint in town. What a let down, small, very small portions. Served in a paper french fry boat type tray. The sides were served in McDonalds style plastic ketchup containers, again SMALL! The food did taste good but very small portions. I enjoy a good beer with my BBQ, I like Guiness but, not looking at the price first $6.00 per beer? Come on!
          You have a nice atmosphere, layed out really nice, the food was good but give better portions and on real plates with real silverware. Oh, also, coming from the south, if your going to have greens you must have apple cider vinegar not malt vinegar.
          Join up with big nate, the blue truck by the Yamaha shop on 355 and grove road. He knows how to do it right just does not know the business side as you. Oh about the smoking of the meat, I bet Frederick City would shut you down if you fired up a large smoker. I bet they smoke it off site then bring the food into town.

        2. This place has great bbq. The dry ribs are excellent and the sweet tea is also good.

          Only down fall of this place...do not go with children that need high chairs. Doesn't make sense to me on why you would only carry one high chair at a restaurant. Addressed this issue with the staff and still no high chairs. So if you go with little ones have fun eating awesome bbq with your child on your lap.

          1. Well, it's good, but not great. The best thing I had was the brisket, which was tender, flavorful and moist. The ribs were okay, but no better. The batch I had (wet) was on the dry side. The portions were also on the small side. Sauces were good and so were the sides. We had very good service. It's on par with Chubby's, up the road in Emmitsburg. Sure do miss the Mountaindale Store for brisket, and I do love Blues BBQ (the blue truck) on Grove Road. But Blues BBQ isn't open for dinner and it's not a real restaurant anyway. I hear they are openning something at McCutcheons when they expand. For ribs, try Urban in Rockville. They are great. But don't get any sides there, and don't expect any service there either.

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            1. re: cosmkdbree

              Please keep us posted on McCutcheon's

            2. I was there about 2 months ago for lunch on a Saturday.

              I had a 2-meat combination of pulled pork and smoked sausage. I believe the sides were beans and slaw. What I remember most about the place was the very small portions and fairly high price. The meats were so-so in flavor, but the amount of smoked sausage was ridiculously small.

              On the plus side, they did have cans of "Cheerwine," soda/elixir of the Gods! The manager said one of the workers with family in NC hauls it back by the case when he visits home.

              I'd give them one more shot by trying the ribs, but I'm not holding out great hope.

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              1. re: MDBBQFiend

                Does anyone remember what the name of the bbq place at the great frederick fair was called? I had the best pulled pork sandwhich both days I went one for the journey concert and the other just for the pork....It was on the right side of the track and allways had a line. they had smokers and pits. if you were in the line you were blinded by the smoke and smelled like it once you ordered...

                1. re: fenderpro

                  Was it the Hemp's Meats stand? That's the one that usually has the longest line.

                  1. re: LizH

                    Not to be racist but it was mainly ran by black people, the stand was center of the food area next to the track but not past it, huge lines...lots of smoke, put black hog to shame!

                    Is Hemp Meats local?

                    1. re: fenderpro

                      Hemp's Meats is from Jefferson MD. They are always in the same spot, next to the beef cattle barns. They usually have the longest lines.


                      Not sure what other vendors were there this year.

                      1. re: LizH

                        Oh than it cant be Hemp Meats....this stand was near the track and next to the root beer float stand. You could see the stage the band was setup on and on the other side of this stand there was a truck dealership stand. No where near the cattle was this place...any other thoughts of who it could be?

                        1. re: fenderpro

                          Sorry. I just went through my photos from the fair and I have a picture of an older gentleman in a blue t-shirt, cooking ribs. One sign in front says "These ribs are sooo tender you don't need teeth" and the other says "best pulled pork" but I can't see the logo on his shirt. I do see a root beer stand also. Sorry I couldn't be much help.

                          1. re: LizH

                            Adding: I'm pretty sure they aren't local to Frederick, else the glimpse of the logo that I can see would sound familiar to me.

              2. This was such a great BBQ restaurant. We had the beef brisket and it was to die for, sauce scrumptious with it. And the greens and Mac 'n Cheese, well, wow. I took a pound of brisket home with me on a two hour drive and it was gone by the next day. And I live alone. Highly recommend this place.

                1. We live in the area...I went for ribs and brisket with four Barbeque lovers...the brisket was very tasty, good smoke ring but tough, the ribs were delicious but not so amazing. Most sides were pretty good but not the beans. We found a little seasonal BBQ trailer in Hagerstown, the last day of the season that they were open, called Redneck Ribs that we LOVE and cannot wait until they reopen this Spring.