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Bethesda BBQ Smackdown: Smoke vs BCS

Steve | Dec 6, 201509:33 AM

A full day and a couple of meals spent in Bethesda had me comparing opportunities to eat BBQ.

First up was a pulled pork sandwich at Smoke on Cordell Ave. The sandwich was a nice size, and the aroma and flavor was good n' smoky. But the meat was lean and dry, which happens when the pork is not pulled to order or the fat was not rendered properly. It was ok. At $8, it is more expensive then Rocklands and not nearly as good.

On my way home I stopped off at a mobile bbq operation in a parking lot across from NIH. I've heard about this before, and I think it is open only on weekends. Looks very serious. I got some spare ribs, chopped pork, and a quarter white chicken. I got this at 5:20pm, so pretty late in the day, and the chopped pork had turned to dry dust by then. They should have not sold me this sandwich. The ribs fared better with lots of nice moist tender meat with a good pull, and some good char and smoky flavor. But, without sauce, they were sweet and cinnamon-y. This was off-putting. The chicken was the redeeming feature of this outfit. Good stuff with a considerable exterior bark. If I had my druthers, I would have preferred dark meat, but they did a good job with the white.

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