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Rich Wachtel – My Favorite BBQ Joints – Volume 13

For this Memorial Day it only seemed fitting to do a special Washington DC addition of my weekly feature ‘My Favorite BBQ Joints‘ list with Rich Wachtel who has an great BBQ blog called Grilling with Rich (which includes Grilling and Barbecue Adventures, BBQ News, Recipes, and Celebrity BBQ Chef interviews). If you haven’t checked it out (or better yet bookmarked it) I do recommend heading over there today (after reading this of course). Here is his list of Washington DC BBQ Joint favorites in descending order his words:

My name is Richard and I am the author of the barbecue and grilling website: I want to thank Kevin for posting my top 5 Barbecue joints in the Washington D.C. Area. Recently, there has been an explosion of barbecue joints opening here in the heart of our nation’s capital. And being that I live right here, I get a chance to sample and try all them out. I hope that you enjoy some of my suggestions on your next trip to our nations capitol.

5) BBQ Bus
With the recent explosion of food trucks both here in Washington D.C. and also across the country, I have been waiting for some great barbecue food to be served up on the go, and boy did I find it with this food truck. They get the flavor profiles of traditional barbecue like pulled pork, while infusing some new flavors such as Hawaiian pulled pork.

Photo of BBQ Bus

4) Uncle Fred Smoke Shack
This local hidden gem is one of my favorite spots to bring newcomers to Washington D.C. Uncle Fred serves up some traditional barbecue “smokiness” while serving up a barbecue original: A Barbecue Sundae which has some baked beans, some slaw, topped off with your choice of pork, brisket or chicken it is a must have!

3) Pork Barrel BBQ
Now, even though they haven’t opened their restaurant yet, I did get a chance to try their food that they are going to be serving in their restaurant and I was extremely impressed, and it defiantly got my tastebuds watering. The reason why I liked the food was because they had the right amount of smokiness, and also I really enjoyed the competition quality of the food. And from all the pictures that they have been posting about their progress inside the new restaurant, I look forward to see both the food and the inside final project.

Photo of the front of Pork Barrel BBQ

2) Rockland’s Barbecue Joint
This is one of the must visits to all serious barbecue eaters in the Nation’s Capital, and also for those who are in town that will enjoy a interesting way for the food to get prepared. The reason why I put them as my number two was because in addition to the great barbecue, I enjoyed the atmosphere very much, it captured the traditional barbecue restaurant in the south.

Photo of Rocklands Barbecue

1) Hill Country Barbecue Market Washington D.C.
This is my number one favorite barbecue joint so far in Washington D.C. There is very little that I didn’t like about Hill Country. While I have never been to Texas’s Hill Country, I feel that I got a piece of it right here in the nations Capital. Ranging from the smoky flavors of the meat to the great desserts and lastly the

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  1. I appreciate what you do to spread the word about great BBQ! Have you tried Backyard BBQ in Arlington? 2910 N. Sycamore. Excellent ribs & pulled pork, sassy mango salsa & rotating fruit cobblers… the folks who run the place are also super nice! A few seats around the restaurant, daily specials, carry-out & catering. Try it, you’ll like it!

    Comment by Linda — May 30, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

  2. Dear Linda.

    thanks for the suggestion, I will defiantly add this to my to do!


    Comment by Grilling with Rich — May 30, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  3. Great list Rich. If Pork Barrel’s restaurant is anything like their sauces and rubs, it will be top of the line.

    Comment by Chris — June 12, 2011 @ 5:47 pm

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