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Andy Nelsons - still considered the best BBQ in D.C. - Baltimore area ?

A little far for me. I did recommend (per this board) to a coworker that lives up that way. Tried KBQ, not bad but a little high.

12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

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  1. Red White and Blue in the Annapolis and DC areas has better pulled pork, big Bad Wolf on Harford Road has equally good ribs, Andy Nelson is prob all around best for Baltimore, but the standards for this area are pretty low.

    Andy Nelsons Southern Pit Barbecue
    11007 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030

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    1. re: crowsonguy

      I'm a huge fan of Big Bad Wolf and have tried most items on their menu without disappointment. They have a variety of great sauces that are so much more flavorful than the standard BBQ sauce most places serve with their meats.

      1. re: edresner

        I love the pulled pork at Big Bad Wolf.

      2. re: crowsonguy

        Red Hot and Blue? I've never been very impressed by their pulled pork.

        1. re: Jason1

          I am not a fan of Red Hot and Blue either, it used to be simply the best of a pretty bad lot in Northern Virginia. I don't cross the water into DC or Maryland too often so I am not a good judge of BBQ there except for the ribs at Johnny Boys in LaPlata, which are pretty darn good.
          But for pulled pork in the Arlington area, there is a hole in the wall place that is more of a caterer than a cafe called Backyard BBQ near the Williamsburg Circle on N Sycamore. I hear there is a small table or two, but I have had it several times at Realtor Broker Opens and it is a step up from Red Hot and Blue. Slightly smokey, vinegar tang, more of a pulled pork look and less a sliced look to it.

      3. Depending on your definition of the boundaries of the D.C.-Baltimore area, Willards in Chatilly, VA has consistently good 'que in the southern style, with some Texas influences.

        1. Big Bad Wolf is great - particularly their brisket. The ribs at the Corner Stable are tops.

          Corner Stable
          9942 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030

          1. There's a new place called Chuck's Wagon BBQ that just opened on H Street NE. They're a catering operation that does carryout, but their hours aren't set yet. Judging by the smoke ring, they're using real wood. Can't wait to try it.


            1. I drove up to Big Bad Wof to try their stuff . Verdict: Famous Dave;s or Red Hot & Blue is on par.
              Willards, is way better. Even Chubby's, way out on 15 is as well. [Maybe it was a bad day for Bad Wolf, but I ate at the counter?].Im one of the few that did hit Alabama BBQ, right down the street from BBW. It was better as well.
              But! if you live in Baltimore City, same as DC, what can you do? I have not gone to Andy Nelson's, yet. BBW was not worth the gas to get too in my book. KBQ has changed, now it is a hit or miss formula deal. Dunno, these days Maybe time to make the trek to Andy's.....Or just pull out teh grill and face the music: do it your self for 5 or 6 hours..

              12500 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie, MD 20720

              Famous Dave's
              14140 Baltimore Ave, Laurel, MD 20707

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              1. re: RobertM

                You really do need to try Andy's. I am not a BBQ expert, but I think they're fantastic. This is the place that introduced a transplanted Okie to Carolina pulled pork. Another thing I love about Andy's is that most of their sides are as good as their Q, esp. the smoky, tangy baked beans.

                Cindy Wolf, owner and chef at Charleston, which is hands down Baltimore's best restaurant, once listed Andy's as being her favorite place in the area. I tend to agree. If there's better Q around I'd like to know where.

                1. re: JonParker

                  I hear ya. Now if the stuff is true to the legend boy am I gonna have one heck of a gas bill.......
                  I will try to get up that way and dive in.

                  1. re: RobertM

                    I tried the ribs at Andy Nelson's. Definitely ask for sauce on the side. I wouldn't make a special trip from DC, but go for it if you can combine that with something else.

              2. I have been a fan of Red, Hot and Blue for years.....for a more casual place, I like "Slade's". HOWEVER about 6 or 7 months ago, we went to a relative newcomer place that trumps every other BBQ place I've ever tried. Our new favorite BBQ place, by which all others are measured is "Kloby's". It is off of John's Hopkins Road west of Rte 29 -- Kloby's Smokehouse * 7500 Montpelier Road * West Laurel (Maple Lawn), MD .... The menu is simple, varied and always fresh. The service is consistently top notch. The prices are reasonable and the food is FANTASTIC! www.klobysbbq.com

                Kloby's Smokehouse
                7500 Montpelier Rd, Laurel, MD 20723

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                1. re: cmhwilkins

                  Im glad you are happy with Kloby's.
                  I tired them, and the place before them, located in that same location> OK Just far enough from FD's or BH&B to make it seem worth saving the gas- Nothing special IMHO just too sweet, along with a half A__ attitutes and microwaved food, mosty cold.]
                  Right off 216 and 29? Yeah, that's them. But if you live in Bum F no place it will do.
                  There is NO killer drop dead holy grail BBQ joint in Baltimore or DC.
                  But I will, if given the oppertunity - check out Andy Nelson's. Im thinking, JFX market Sunday, Andy Nelsons after that....Are they open Sunday? Perfect pre game, RedSkins, grub trip.
                  They say Hill Country BBQ is due to open in DC - Believe me, I will, along with the other Q dogs, let you know, hype, or hell ya. Stay tuned.

                  1. re: RobertM

                    I'm pretty sure Andy's is not open on Sunday.

                    1. re: JonParker

                      Humm, is Monday a day, most are off work here in DC, to savor the fruits of his grill?
                      Say yes.

                      1. re: RobertM

                        Yeah, I think Sunday is the only day that's he's closed.

                2. I guess Boog Powell's not in the top 10 anymore?

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                  1. re: wolfe

                    Well Boog's isn't bad, but he does beef, not pulled pork, which is what I think of when I think BBQ. He's more of a sentimental favorite than a real chowhound find.

                    1. re: JonParker

                      Andy's is closed on Sunday. And Avoid the "Yardbird" or Chicken Breast Sandwich - An appx. 5oz or 8oz (dep. if you get reg or jumbo) BONE DRY chicken breast sloppily slapped on a very generic dry yellow hamurger-syle roll (throw out your car window for the birds!)

                      Lemonade is great though and very refreshing.. especially if you get this sandwich or any other for that matter. I guess chx sandwich is healthy (not sure of the exact nutrition content) and one can ask for bbq sauce on the side or top if not watching sugar/calories, but otherwise if not, it comes as I described above

                      1. re: JamesPapa

                        Forgot to add, cornbread I had last time was very very DWY. Like been sitting under heat lamp for over an hour DWY (DRY). It seemed overbaked as well. Too brown on top/overly and unpleasantly crusty. A BBQ joint staple imo. Good sweet taste but, Quite dissapointing. More bird food. And again, the lemonade is your friend.

                  2. Andy Nelson's has awesome pulled pork! It is the best around. The sides are average and to me the rub on the ribs was way too salted.

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                    1. re: tobynissly

                      No, I am definetly not losing my mind. I got sent something in the snail mail for birthday for a meal, they give you a discount. Seemed like a nice gesture, right?
                      I got my standard Jumbo Yardbird Chx Breast. Yes, threw the bread out.
                      Yes, I know, am a little neurotic w. my diet and eat A LOT of protein. Boring to some but ok just look past. I have some health issues. But I got it for Carry-Out and toted it home. Just out curiosity, I threw it on my OXO Scale, and thing weighed less than 3.5oz. Should of taken a picture of that but I didn't think of such until I was sitting down and I took one or two bites. But still you can see It's pretty small for a JUMBO and I their price it at $8.77 and claim online it is at least 7OZ. It don't look it and sure ain't!

                      I guess if they are trying to keep my business or have me bring business by word of mouth they failed awfully. I would not recommend this place to anyone. I'd feel awful. (Thank goodness I didn't have to pay much after my discount, or worse, I ordered more food..I can only imagine)

                      BTW, I took a picture and tried to upload within the File Limit but it keeps saying fake path? ( i have no idea what that means; fwiw i am using chrome)

                      1. re: JamesPapa

                        Not to be critical but...why would you order a chicken sammy at a joint known for slow cooked pork. Sort of like going to McDonald's for a salad in my book. Andy Nelson's has great pulled pork, the ribs are good, and the sides of beans and cornbread is excellent. After reading this, a half slab of dry ribs might be on lunch menu for me!

                    2. blech on the Red White and Blue: franchise-y, and the last time I was in the Annapolis store it smelled like mildewy rags were used to wipe off the tables

                      Like Big Bad Wolf on Harford Road; small, so I usually do carry out.

                      Now, Andy Nelson's: LOVE it. The pulled pork is great, esp with the NC vinegar sauce. Chix are good, too.