A friend and I had a Saturday lunch at Kloby's Smokehouse off Johns Hopkins Road near Columbia, MD. Kloby's is located in a new stripmall easily reached from Route 29. It has a pleasant, informal eating area decorated with Nascar pennants and other sports-related wall hangings.
We sampled St.Louis style ribs, pulled pork, and their brisket. Here's my take:
The ribs were nicely smoked, but a bit dry and chewy. I asked for "sauce on the side" and their spicy sauce was good. My friend said that the pulled pork was very good with nice bits of burnt end mixed in. The pulled pork came on a bun already sauced and topped with cole slaw. To my taste (and a bit of surprise), the real star of the day's show was the brisket - it was flat out excellent! Wonderfully smokey and melt in your mouth tender. In my opinion, it was the best brisket I've ever had in Maryland and good brisket is a very tricky thing to pull off.
The cole slaw was nice, and I enjoyed the baked beans because they weren't the usual sweet and gloppy approach. I would think they were seasoned with some chili powder for an interesting flavor. A slice of cornbread was sweet and moist.
The folks working there were very friendly, explaining their approach to BBQ when we ordered and checking on us once while we were eating.
I'm definitely adding Kloby's to my list of BBQ options in the DC area.