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Best BBQ in Baltimore - Help!

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Need the absolute best BBQ in Baltimore. Good late night atmosphere. Suggestions? Obscure and not well known is fine. Just want great food.

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  1. Sheesh! You couldn't get people in Memphis (which, in case you didn't know, is famous for BBQ) to agree on the best in Memphis. You might get more useful recommendations if you were to express what "best" means to you. Beef? Pork? Chicken? Tofu? Sliced, chopped, or pulled? Dry rubbed? Vinegar and pepper sauce? Tomato-based sauce? Texas? North Carolina? South Carolina? Memphis? Korean? (though I suspect that's not what you're looking for)

    If someone recommends the best based on their preferred style, you might not even consider that BBQ?

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    1. re: MikeR

      You might have just given the OP a couple of suggestions and left it at that. What does Memphis have to do with anything? Baltimore is a mediocre BBQ town at best, so coming up with a few contenders for "best" should not be difficult.

      1. re: Bob W

        Thanks all. I don't get to pick where I eat this BBQ - it has to be Baltimore even if there are a dozen cities with better BBQ, this is that I've got. SO! Thanks for actual suggestions (I know I was vague in my initial post).... Just want a great night, delicious finger licking food, fun place. Birthday night out with a friend....

    2. The best BBQ in Baltimore is probably the BBQ you make at home. Having said that, Andy Nelson's in Cockeysville is pretty solid.

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      1. re: lawhound

        is andy's open? a car crashed into it the other night

      2. Pit beef is Baltimore BBQ.

        1. You might try the Midtown BBQ & Brew on Center Street. The Q is good not great but might best meet your need for good late night atmoshere.

          1. Just curious, who do you write for? Do you actually sample your recommendations or just research and print based on other recommendations? It's a quickly growing company, but I love Mission Barbecue, which started and is primarily in the Baltimore region. If you're going for a regional barbecue style, then pit beef it is. I'd recommend Pioneer pit beef, but there are several good options.