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Dickey's Barbecue - Beltsville

4X4 Sep 25, 2008 06:03 AM

I drove by a new barbecue joint in Beltsville, Dickey's Barbecue Pit. Apparently it's a national chain. Has anyone tried it yet? I'm curious, but skeptical.

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    Mer_Made RE: 4X4 Sep 25, 2008 07:22 AM

    I haven't tried, mostly because I prefer Hogs on the Hill.

    1. littlew1ng RE: 4X4 Sep 25, 2008 08:18 AM

      oh dear god do i love some dickey's, although i haven't been to the one in beltsville. it's an international chain, and their stuff in the town where i used to live was SO good. tons of sides, spicy sausage and sauce, load up with as much onion pickle jalapeno as you want. i'd definitely recommend it, we ate there alot. there may be better barbecue around (not that i would know — i don't dare touch the stuff out here) but it's definitely worth a shot.

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        RobertM RE: littlew1ng Sep 25, 2008 12:16 PM

        Oh, where did you live where you ate Dickies?

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          littlew1ng RE: RobertM Sep 25, 2008 01:50 PM

          texas! so trust me i know the good stuff :)

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        dude RE: 4X4 Sep 25, 2008 01:58 PM

        can't comment on that one but I will second the other poster's recommendation to try it. A meal I had in a Dallas location about 10 years ago was one of the most memorable of my life, mostly because of the food.

        1. monkeyrotica RE: 4X4 Sep 26, 2008 03:33 AM

          I'm noticing the telltale signs of SMOKE RING on the brisket. I'll have to try this one out.


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            RobertM RE: monkeyrotica Sep 26, 2008 04:11 AM

            Im on board. Let me see, Dallas Vs Redskins Sunday...........Going up tonight after work!

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            4X4 RE: 4X4 Sep 26, 2008 05:42 AM

            I asked about this place on another (bbq related) board. Some people said it's not worth trying. Others said the Dickey's in Texas are great, but the others are lousy. The best reply I got was to check if they have a smokestack, and/or woodpile outside. If they're not smoking the meat there, it's probably not authentic barbecue.

            A smoke ring, as Monkey pointed out, is a good sign. I guess I'll have to stop by one of these days.

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              monkeyrotica RE: 4X4 Sep 26, 2008 08:08 AM

              Dickey's is directly across Route 1 from Myoung Dong. So if the BBQ isn't any good, you can always cross the street for great Korean fried chicken.


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                4X4 RE: monkeyrotica Sep 26, 2008 08:45 AM

                Yeah. And it's also close to the two local pho joints I like.

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                  RobertM RE: 4X4 Sep 27, 2008 12:39 PM

                  Ok, back from Dickey's in Beltsville: Don't waste the gas going.
                  Honestly. Unless you are just going to Costco, or the Pho joint across the street, and just don't know any better. The menu is odd, like Sonny's in Florida. You have no idea of price for say a slab, half slab, or what ever. I ordered the three meat deal. Ribs/pulled pork/beef brisket.
                  Side's: cole slaw/ tater salad. Total mess and Franchise madness. No flavor to any of the meats, most tasted like steam table water. the sides were weak and the free ice cream watery. Two old time Q dogs were in the place when I left and I stopped to chat. Verdict: Dickeys will make money but it is no where near what they had at any Dickey's in Texas. Slop to go, tender and tasteless as ever, and cant hold a candle to KBQ in Bowie, or Wilard's in Chantilly Va. Real Q, real menu choices, and flavor to go. this joint, or joint's.......drive right past em
                  If you think Wall street was full of hot air, go to Dickey's franchises in the local area.

                  Any one here been down to Lefty's in Waldorf?

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                    maypo RE: RobertM Sep 27, 2008 02:59 PM

                    Agree........totally a waste of gas.......went there today.....

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                      Mer_Made RE: maypo Sep 27, 2008 03:35 PM

                      Right, I won't be venturing across the street. You both probably crossed my path. I was eating lunch at Myung Dong and grabbing a takeout menu at Hogs on the Hill.

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                        jb73 RE: Mer_Made Oct 1, 2008 07:51 AM

                        Looks to me like a bunch of posts from frustrated Shane's Rib Shack employees. If anyone with independent thought happens upon this post, please do not buy into this negativity for negativity's sake. I have been to Dickey's twice now, and both times were great. The pulled pork has a very legit smokey taste, and the baked potato casserole is a side dish most bbq joints up here could only dream of. There's plenty of good bbq in this area, and now it seems to me like we have addition to that list with Dickey's. So it's a chain. So is everything these days. It's the first one I've seen, and I'm happy to have it in the area.

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                          RobertM RE: jb73 Oct 2, 2008 01:04 AM

                          Humm, well, Vote with your car and your belly. You may have a point when you say, "this area", meaning Laural / Beltsville. As they say on the X Files, the truth is out there, From day to day these joints stray from the original owners quality standards. Some KFC's, Texas BBQ, FD's, RHB's are better than others. Im sure as they fix up Route 1 even more bright lights and formula franchises will pop up. If you want Game Day grub, they, chain joints, are fine. After going to Shane's, like dickey's I now drive past em to get to KBQ. It is worth the gas, IMHO, to get great Q done by the owner. So, in between visits to the great joints I too must settle for chain grub, and from your spiel it seems there may have been a visit by the franchise sellers to show them how to run the joint. They read Chowhounds too BTW. Now now, Crap to go, or you can eat it there.

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                            monkeyrotica RE: RobertM Oct 2, 2008 04:53 AM

                            Sietsiema posted a quick review of KBQ. Didn't care for the brisket, which I have to agree with. Last time it tasted as if it had been cut a while ago and left under a heat lamp: good smoke flavor but very, very dry. The ribs are still consistent, as is the pulled pork, so two-out-of-three at KBQ still beats most Q chains around DC.


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                              RobertM RE: monkeyrotica Oct 2, 2008 07:51 AM

                              I agree, BTW who around here has good brisket?

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                                monkeyrotica RE: RobertM Oct 3, 2008 05:30 AM

                                Deli City, but it's not barbecued.

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