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District BBQ (nee Oklahoma Joe's) near Dunn Loring Metro, Merrifield

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District BBQ (nee Oklahoma Joe's) near Dunn Loring Metro, Merrifield

Steve | Jul 21, 2017 04:23 PM

I was told that the partners at Oklahoma Joe's had a difference on what kind of bbq to serve: the original Oklahoma Joe's form Oklahoma (there are franchises there) or more of a Kansas City style. They renamed the place District bbq. So I decided to go back and give the place a 'second' chance.

The name on the outside has changed, but there are still remnants of Oklahoma Joe's on the inside. Aside from the menu hanging above the counter, there are a few paper menus that still say Oklahoma Joe's as well as the bottles of bbq sauce still retain the old name.

Previously I found the pulled pork to be too salty, this time it lacked any flavor. Same for the pork ribs. The saving grace here is the burnt ends. This is the third time I've ordered these at bbq places and the first time I got the idea. They are supposed to be small, fatty pieces that otherwise might get thrown away. They are not quite so fatty here, but mostly tender and truly burnt. Very delicious..

Beans and cole slaw are still the same: beans way too sweet and the cole slaw more kicky than cooling.

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