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VA BBQ that isn't Rocklands or Dixie Bones

monkeyrotica Jun 2, 2013 04:37 AM


Those are the only two off this list that I'm familiar with. Any folks had any experience with these? Worth a drive from downtown?

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    Hobbert Oct 21, 2013 12:13 PM

    I've really enjoyed The Pit Stop lately. It's a guy with towed smokers at Gilbert's Corner (the intersection of Rt. 15 and Rt. 50 in Loudoun County in a gravel lot). He's there Saturdays and Sundays and has a nice set up- picnic tables, a tent, usually a guy selling lemonade and kettle corn. I especially liked the smoked chicken salad. His pulled pork sandwiches are really moist and flavorful. And the spicy sauce is true to its name. The ribs are popular- people were leaving with trays of them. Prices are reasonable.

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      flavrmeistr Oct 21, 2013 11:58 AM

      There's a BBQ trailer at 340 and 50 west of Berryville, VA that has very good brisket and chopped pork. It's next to a fruit stand and a McDonalds. He's there on weekends and does the smoking on premises.

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        Steve Oct 21, 2013 11:50 AM

        Shaffer's BBQ Palace is a food truck in Arlington on Saturdays and some Sundays. Definitely next weekend and it looks like through November, but I'd call first.

        These are the best ribs in the area, and in fact there is no 2nd place. St Louis cut. About as close as you can get to ideal here, although my guess is they use oak so it's a lighter smoke flavor than I'd prefer. Still, everything else from the texture, spiciness, and crustiness to the clean well-rendered flavor is exactly what I look for but cannot find in bbq ribs. $22 for a full rack. Only side is a cole slaw mixed with bbq sauce which I did not try.


        3507 Columbia Pike
        Arlington, VA 22204
        (571) 969-7675

        Every other Sunday
        Colombia Pike Farmers Market
        Corner of S. Walter Reade and Colombia Pike
        Arlington, VA

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          The Big Crunch Oct 21, 2013 12:01 PM

          Thanks for the heads-up. I'll be in Arlington on Sunday and might have to give Shaffer's a try!

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          The Big Crunch Oct 21, 2013 11:11 AM

          Allman's is awful. Dry, flavorless, and chopped to the point where it's consistency is more in line with sawdust than pulled pork. Odd that Carolina Brothers in Ashburn isn't on there - speaking as a born-and-raised eastern North Carolinian, they really nail the style out there, and their sides are quite good as well!

          1. alkapal Oct 21, 2013 03:44 AM

            bad to the bone in gainesville -- best ribs i've had in many, many years (of my quest). great slaw and potato salad, too. has really stepped up its game!

            pulled pork has definitely gotten top level, too.

            worth the trip.

            1. Dennis S Jul 29, 2013 07:52 AM

              Silver Pig in Lynchburg.

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                yummmymummy Jul 26, 2013 05:27 PM

                Pig n' Steak in Madison, VA (but only if you eat the pig).

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                  MsDiPesto Jul 27, 2013 06:52 PM

                  Does Pig 'n Steak still give you a ridiculous amount of fries?

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                  Foodgeek Jun 2, 2013 05:00 PM

                  Hill Country is good, but is in DC. Hmmmm.

                  Some of the items at Harry's Smokehouse in Arlington (Pentagon City Mall) are good. There is also a new upscale BBQ place a couple of blocks away from it (behind the Costco) but I haven't tried it.

                  Carolina Brothers in Ashburn is good, although it doesn't have a huge selection.

                  Pork Barrel BBQ opened a restaurant in Alexandria. I haven't been there but have had their food at events and it is good.

                  You may want to check out Dizzy Pig BBQ's event calendar. They are a grilling supply store in Manassas and teach grilling classes and have a line of spice rubs but they als are a competitive grilling team--they compete in BBQ festivals, and those festivals may interest you.


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                    Steve Jun 2, 2013 05:39 PM

                    The place near Costco is called Epic Smokehouse. Not just bbq, they have steaks, etc. Swank interior. I wouldn't go back for the bbq.

                    Pork Barrel served me dried out, tasteless bbq. I saw them wrapping their ribs in plastic wrap, thereby steaming them inside. Yech.

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                    Steve Jun 2, 2013 04:15 PM

                    Buz and Ned's is very good for ribs and also mac n cheese, but I wouldn't get their chopped pork. It's been a long time since I've been, though.

                    I don't care for Pierce's, but again, it's been a while.

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                      wayne keyser Jun 2, 2013 01:45 PM

                      Barbeque Country
                      9719 James Madison Hwy
                      Warrenton, VA 20187

                      If you're out there (it's a distance) I find it to be the real thing, and very reasonably priced. VERY casual (definitely not jacket-and-tie).

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                      1. re: wayne keyser
                        Hobbert Jun 2, 2013 02:05 PM

                        What do you like there?

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                        caj915 Jun 2, 2013 07:39 AM

                        I've been to #'s 4, 6,9,11,14,15 and 16, and would recommend Rocklands, though it can be spotty, and the BBQ Exchange in Gordonsville, which is a nice, pretty drive from the city.

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                          caj915 Jun 2, 2013 07:32 AM

                          After reading that list, I'd be surprised if the author has actually eaten at many, or ANY, of these places that are being excessively praised. Some of them might actually be good, but that blog post smacks of compilation of comments pulled off the Internet and pasted together, possibly paid for with $ from those listed.

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