Restaurants & Bars Washington DC & Baltimore BBQ

BBQ Ribs - Where to eat

dorf | | Jul 21, 2008 09:56 AM

Where are the best bbq ribs in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area???

Wanting to continue and update a conversation from earlier this year that had a lot of good traction and a number of good suggestions. I’m always looking for the next great hole-in-the wall or best kept neighborhood secret.

Since we last talked - here is my updated list of where I have been. Same qualifications as before - ribs first, followed by other items (sandwiches, brisket, etc). I prefer to try my ribs dry to get real feel for the quality and taste of the meat and then add sauce later. A good sauce is always best with white bread. Also, good side items do not make up for bad meat.

FYI: not afraid to travel. can come from a shack, questionable neighborhoods, or top quality restaurant - but no national chains (famous daves, etc) I only care if it is good.

------ The Best-------

Alabama BBQ - I had high expectations because of the name of the place, put down an entire rack (which is rare these days), and ate a sandwich. Spoke to the owner/cook for quite a bit of time - he knows his stuff. I highly recommend.

Andy Nelsons – Meat is tender, falls off the bone with ease. Get them dry, great rub

KBQ BBQ - Great sides, great smoky taste, tender. Very affordable. Possibly second best

Smokey Hollow – one of the best, unfortunately now closed

------ Will Recommend -------

Williads Real Pit BBQ - very consistent; you know what you are going to get - never great, never bad, but always good... This place would benefit tremendously by upgrading the quality of their meat. great sauces - especially for dipping bread.

Rocklands - hit or miss, I have had a great cut, I've had a not-so great cut. Love the Mac N Cheese (and as a bbq purist - that says a lot about the Mac N Cheese).

Klobys BBQ – meat was very tender

Johnny Boys Carryout - a little salty, but the sweet sauce was pretty good

Rib Pit - If you like smoky meat - this is your place. A little dry, but not enough to complain about it. Other than smoke though, not much flavor other than that. Bonus points because the cook took his time and hand picked out a rack - throwing out ribs that were not up to his standards. Pretty nice, considering most places just pick up a rack and give you half, regardless of whether it was cooked well, was meaty, or not.

Dixiebones - I had high expectations for this place -- they were not met. Decent food, nothing special.

------ Never Again -------

Old Glory – not very good

Capitol Q - not very good

Johnny Mac Ribs - not smoked, to much fat, no taste

Randy’s Ribs – inedible - the only bbq i have not been able to finish because I didn't like the taste in my mouth.

------ need to try -------

The Original Johnny Boys (not affiliated to Johnny Boys Carryout)

Might Midget Kitchen (Must order in advance)

Allmans BBQ

Virginia BBQ

Big Bad Wolfe

Urban BBQ

Here is the link last conversation: Please let me know if I should take anything off of my to try list or add anything new.

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