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Oct 13, 2012 12:16 PM

Good Barbecue and Southern Sides in Northern Virginia: Q Company

We have searched for a good barbecue restaurant since we moved up from SC to the DC area in 2006 and I believe we finally found a fantastic one, today at the Q company in Leesburg, VA.
We tried practically everything on the menu: pulled pork, brisket, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, corn bread, 3 BBQ sauces (red, mustard, and vinegar-based) all DELICIOUS (and I don't say that often about southern-ish fare in the northern Virginia area).
The homemade mac-n-cheese makes me feel like we might not have to go all the way back to SC to get some decent southern sides. MMMmmmm...

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  1. Interesting. How does the barbecue compare to DD Barbecue?

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    1. re: monkeyrotica

      You caught me, I am totally sitting in the q company AGAIN right now with my face in a bowl of this yummy mac n cheese:/. I have not tried DD in sterling yet, but I'll let u know what I think when I do. Love to hear your thoughts when u try Q as well.
      Ps the q baked BBQ beans are the best here, too. They actually have BBQ in them...

    2. Yes a big thumbs up from as we'll re Que. Loved the 'Flintstone' sized beef ribs as well as the brisket.

      1. We just visited this place and I'm surprised it's flown under the radar. While the meat is good, sausage, pulled pork, ribs, beef brisket, I think the sides steal the show. I think they have the best baked beans i've ever had, still some texture to the beans, a nice mustard-ness to them. The potato salad had some heat; the mac and cheese super creamy. The cole slaw was okay, a little sweet, fine in small amounts. We had fried green beans which came crispy and hot w/ a horse radish dip. We wanted to try the pork rinds, which I've never had fresh but they had run out. They had a jalapeno pasta salad I wanted to try but didn't want too much food.

        The pulled pork was very good as was the sausage. The ribs had a dry rub and, like the beef brisket, on the dry side but everything was nicely flavored. The three sauces on the side made up for it: Texas sweet barbecue, mustard (my favorite) and Carolina vinegar (also good but not as good as the mustard). We went at an odd time so I'm also thinking the meat would be better at prime time when it hadn't sat around as long. It's definitely worth a trip for the baked beans alone, and I don't even like baked beans that much.

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        1. re: chowser

          Completely agree with you. The sides are reason enough to go back here. The baked beans are easily the best I've ever had. The meats, on the other hand, are kind of boring. Not bad, just a bit uninteresting. I had a smoked half chicken on my last visit, though, and it was really tasty. Very juicy and flavorful. I'm not a big eater but I devoured it. I don't think it's a regular item but I'll definitely order it again if it's available. The only downer to this place is that the crowd seems to get a little rowdy later in the evening. It's fine but it's not my scene. Easy to solve though. We just eat on the early side.

          1. re: Hobbert

            Sounds intriguing. On the beans, have either of you had the beans at Smokin' Joe's outside of Gainesville. It's been a few years for me, but I put the beans in the same category mentioned for this place. Just wondering how it compares.

            1. re: Dennis S

              I haven't but I'll have to make a trip down there.

              1. re: Dennis S

                Smokin' Joes moved from Warrenton. Now in two locations in Southern Virginia, far far away.

                1. re: Steve

                  Too bad. In Lynchburg they'd be up against the Silver Pig, which is strong Carolina pulled pork.

          2. if this is the guy whose bbq was featured on the food network on some show, i have to say i was definitely not impressed with the quality of the food. they had good beer on draft.

            i went last autumn.

            i feel bad to the bone in gainesville is much better.