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Uncle Charlie's Backyard Barbecue - Darnestown, MD


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Uncle Charlie's Backyard Barbecue - Darnestown, MD

MDBBQFiend | Feb 9, 2009 05:58 AM

On a strangely warm Saturday afternoon in February, a chowhound's thoughts turn to...barbecue.

Located in what was formerly a small convenience store (beer & live bait), Uncle Charlie's Backyard Barbecue is on Seneca Road about 100 yards off of MD Route 28. The place has about four or five tables that share space with a small model railroad layout and a foosball table.

I tried the 1/2 slab of ribs platter for $14.99 (includes two sides). Now I can only speak for what I ate of course, but the ribs are VERY VERY FORGETTABLE - barely warm baby backs with no smoke flavor or evident smoke ring. They were simply grey pork without taste. The slaw was rough cut cabbage with a sweet dressing - passable but unremarkable, and the baked beans were luke warm, sweet, with bits of shredded pork worked in. This was not money well spent.

And the quest for genuine BBQ in Montgomery County continues...And please don't talk to me about Urban BBQ, Rocklands, or Red, Hot & Blue because they don't come close to passing muster as real barbecue.

My BBQ roadtrips down to Charles County, Maryland will continue...

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